Liverpool’s Torres scores winner for champions Spain

Euro 2008 winner Fernando TorresLiverpool striker Fernando Torres put his name in the history books last night when he scored the winning goal in the European Championships final. His goal, 12 minutes from half-time, gave Spain their first trophy in 44 years, when they last won this competition.

It wasn’t just Torres who won the trophy of course, the team spirit and unity was something that many observers have mentioned as being the difference between this squad and the talented underachievers of past tournaments. Included in that squad were of course some of the Liverpool striker’s club teammates, Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Álvaro Arbeloa.

For the latter two their role was confined to a run-out in the final group game, when Spain had already qualified. Xabi Alonso also started that game, wearing the captain’s armband, and has had more of a role to play, including coming on last night as a 63rd minute substitute to ensure Spain didn’t throw away what Torres had worked so hard to bring them.

Xabi has tasted major success before, scoring Liverpool’s equaliser in that 2005 European Cup final in Istanbul, and looked quite at home holding the trophy. He’s likely to leave his three club-mates behind now, with a move to Juventus expected to be finalised now that the competition is over.

24-year-old Torres hit a post and forced a number of saves from Jens Lehmann, who embarrassed himself on TV after the game by alleging the game had been fixed, casting aspersions on the Italian referee. But there really wouldn’t have been any need to fix the game, Spain dominated and although Germany had their moments, any goal from them would have been very much against the run of play.

Torres Pepe Arbeloa Xabi - Winners Euro2008Torres – officially awarded man of the match – said that Spain’s win was deserved: “This is good not just for Spain but for football, because the best team won and that is not always the case. It has been a fantastic season for me – it was fantastic with Liverpool and now a fantastic end of the season for the national team.”

And he wants to add more trophies to the collection he’s now just started: “This is the first big trophy for me and I hope not the last. We are privileged to be in the national team and we have had a chance to live through a beautiful tournament. We are proud to see so many people enjoying it, and now we have the peace of mind that we have achieved what we set out to do.”

Torres also mentioned how important the team spirit has been: “I am happy because my job is to score goals and I have done my job tonight but this was a victory for the unity of the group – it doesn’t often happen that a group gets along so well.”

9 thoughts on “Liverpool’s Torres scores winner for champions Spain”

  1. Fantastic, well done to our boys who performed well for Spain, it can only be good that Alvaro,Fernando,Pepe and possibly Xabi and Silva will be at Anfield brimming with confidence
    Heres to a better season than the last

  2. Where’s the humility, they get battered by the Spanish for 90 minutes but they do not have the integrity to hold their hands up and say they did not deserve to win. The ref had a good game I do not know where he is getting the idea that the ref was on the fiddle. He should be banned by UEFA for making such claims and for being a sore loser as it is not in keeping with the spirit of the game.

  3. I really hope we don’t sell Xabi. I just don’t see Barry as being any better than Xabi. In fact, I think he’s a step down in quality. He was injured most of last season and I thin has been unfairly written off because of that. But he really showed that he is back to his old quality in this Euro tournament. Please Rafa, hold onto Alonso!!!

  4. Agreed, it was in very poor taste. Spain definitely deserved it, i can’t remember a more consistent display throughout the coarse of a whole tournament, than what Spain displayed. Beautiful football. I really hope Xabi doesn’t go, although it seems almost done. Shame, he’s a brilliant player.

    Well done to Spain though, lets hope Torres can help add the Premier league to his list.

  5. He’s wrong to say it was fixed but he’s right about that ref not being very good.He had a mare in the champions league semi at the bridge and I’ve seen him a few time since and he always makes basic errors.Like last night when he booked Torres even though he wasn’t even going to stop the game for a foul until Mertesacker stayed down for a while holding his face.

    For years Collina was the best ref Italy had to offer and deservedly so.This chap now holds that mantle and its a sad indictment of the state of reffing in Italy if he’s the best they can do.

    He’s a poser like Anders Frisk and,like frisk,likes to be centre stage.

  6. Awesome game by Spain, they played some slik pass-and-move game that at times Germany couldn’t do anything about. Torres’ goal is the pick of the bunch and he certainly deserves this moment, that would do him all the world of good for next season when it starts at Sunderland. And very true, this Rosetti was at fault too many times, calling decisions without second thoughts, and some weird judgement as well. But on the overall, Germany deserved to lose, they had their chances, but they never took them well. Well done Red’s Spanish boys

  7. Well done Spain! It should have been Turkey in the final, and i’m sure it would have been a much harder game for them.
    Nando deserved his goal on the night, and for his hard work and great team play throughout the tourney.
    But we should also hail Senna – what a contribution he has given. He was my man of the match, and we should be looking to land him if poss.
    For now i bath in the thought of Premiership defenders shaking in their sandals – hail the kid!

  8. Fernando Torres is the best player in the world.
    He is play great for Spain.
    and finaly HELLO from the CROATIA.
    Liverpool is the best.

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