Euro 2012: Spain v Italy – player ratings

Jordi Alba gets our man of the match award after a superb display at left-back as Spain demolished Italy in the final


Iker Casillas 7 Had to deal with several corners, crosses and shots from long range but, unsurprisingly, had the answers to all of them

Alvaro Arbeloa 6 A solid game by the Real full-back and threatened when he went forward. Pushed back a bit more when Balzaretti came on

Gerard Piqué 7 Another assured display by the former Manchester United defender. Booked for a first-half lunge on Cassano

Sergio Ramos 7 Who needs Carles Puyol? Well, Spain don't. Last night Ramos and Piqué did not give Cassano or Balotelli a sniff of a chance

Jordi Alba 9 (man of the match) Lung-bursting run for his goal – his first for Spain – and what a cool finish for a left-back. No wonder Barça have signed him

Xavi Hernández 9 Set up two of the goals with inch-perfect passes. Another wonderful performance by a wonderful player

Sergio Busquests 7 Worked tirelessly, as always, with one particular intervention standing out, against Balzaretti down the right in the second half

Xabi Alonso 8 Contributed heavily towards keeping Italy's main threat, Pirlo, out of the game with his constant harrying and pressing

Cesc Fábregas 8 Too quick for Chiellini to set up Silva for the first goal. A superb performance and went close with a long-range shot after the break

David Silva 7 The City forward saved his best display for the final, stealing in between Barzagli and Bonucci to score an alert opener

Andrés Iniesta 7 Displayed remarkable energy as he burst forward as often as he found himself tracking back to check the forward runs of Abate


Gianluigi Buffon 6 Cannot be blamed for any of the goals and had to be alert on several occasions to avoid a rout as Spain pushed forward

Ignazio Abate 6 Struggled to contain Iniesta on his flank and was wasteful with some of his passing. Looked better when going forward

Andrea Barzagli 5 Italy's back four was completely exposed by Spain's speed and passing.Barzagli was hopelessly outpaced by Alba for Spain's second

Leonardo Bonucci 5 Struggled alongside his Juventus team-mate in central defence. Lost Silva in the buildup to the first goal

Giorgio Chiellini 3 Endured a nightmare 20 minutes, during which Fábregas flew past him to set up the first goal, before going off with a knee injury

Andrea Pirlo 6 Did not play badly but did not reach his normal standard on a night when his hopes of winning Ballon d'Or all but disappeared

Claudio Marchisio 6 Fairly ineffective but then he did not see the ball much, stranded out on the right where Iniesta was running riot

Riccardo Montolivo 7 Was behind most of Italy's good moves, including setting up Balotelli with a backheel, but made way for Thiago Motta

Daniele De Rossi 6 Decent first half by the Roma midfielder, when he battled bravely against a sea of red, but anonymous in the second half

Mario Balotelli 6 Firmly in the pocket of Ramos and Piqué, the match-winner against Germany was restricted to wild shots from distance

Antonio Cassano 5 Had one chance but shot lacked power and bobbled into Casillas's hands. Not at his effervescent best and replaced at half-time

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