Spain has become the first team in history to win three major international major titles in a row, having previously triumphed in both the Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010, with an overwhelming 4-0 win over Italy in the Euro 2012 final.
Casillas and Fernando Torres also made their own histories. Torres became the first man to score in two European Championship finals, and Casillas played in his record 100th victory in international soccer.
In the 13th minute, David Silva gave Spain the lead and Jordi Alba scored again for the Spaniards in the 40th minute to give them a 2-0 lead at the half.
After the break, Italy had several chances but an hour into play Thiago Motta was injured shortly after coming off the bench and had to leave the pitch, Italy were down to 10 men with all three of their substitutions already expended.
The Spaniards put on a passing exhibition and late in play, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata added two more goals in the 84th and 88th minute, respectively, to turn victory into a rout.
Critics had termed the Spanish team as boring at Euro 2012 but the most one-sided final in the tournament’s history was a perfect response by the Spaniards to the rest of the world.