Euro 2012                                                                                                                                                               Spain's striker Torres ends as Golden Boot winner



By Alex Byrom
Deputy Football Editor from Kiev



Chelsea striker Fernando Torres runs to celebrate after scoring Spain's third goal in the final and his third of the tournament 


Spain striker Fernando Torres has snatched another crown for Spain: the Golden Boot.

The 28-year-old scored three goals, including one in last night’s final, to take him level with Gomez, Ronaldo, Balotelli and Dzagoev as contenders.

But he, along with Gomez, had each gained an assist, but the Chelsea man was the winner due to his playing fewer minutes in the tournament; 189 to be precise, having started just one match.

The Chelsea man’s other strikes both came during the 4-0 group stage thrashing against the Republic of Ireland.

Six strikers also scored three goals at Euro 2012.

The decisive assist that lifted Torres to Golden Boot winner came in the 88th minute against Italy as he squared a ball for substitute Juan Mata to score.

The other players to finish on three goals were Italy's Mario Balotelli, Alan Dzagoev of Russia, Germany's Mario Gomez, Croatia's Mario Mandzukic and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Torres's goal against Italy also made him the first player to score in two European Championship finals. He scored the crucial winner as Spain were victorious four years ago.

His end of season success helped cap a bittersweet year for the former Liverpool forward.

Torres largely endured a difficult season in the Premier League, failing to find the net between October and March and finishing the domestic campaign with just eight Premier League goals in 32 appearances.

However, he played an important role in helping Chelsea win the Champions League by scoring in the semi-final second leg against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.


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