Real Madrid youngsters Alvaro Morata, Daniel Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez became European champions and helped Spain retain their Under-21 crown with a 4-2 victory over Italy.
Of the three Real players, only Morata started the game. The striker won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer with four goals, but in the final he played the role of provider.
A brilliant personal play by Morata allowed Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara to score the first goal after just six minutes of play.
Immobile drew for the Azzurri soon, but two more goals by Alcantara in the first half almost secured the victory for the Spaniards.
Malaga’s playmaker Isco, who has admitted he will decide whether signing for Real Madrid or Manchester City after the tournament, sealed the win in the 66th minute with a penalty shot.
Borini’s second goal for Italy came too late for the Azzurri to have any chance of reaction.
Neither Carvajal nor Nacho had any minutes of play in the game, but both contributed to Spain’s success with their appearances in the previous rounds.