Thiago Alcantara hat-trick sees Spain retain European U-21 title with 4-2 win over Italy

Spain, who have the upper hand in Under-21 finals with Italy - leading 2-1 after this victory that handed them a fourth title - took less than seven minutes to open the scoring with a nicely worked goal.

updated: June 18, 2013 23:41 IST
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Jerusalem, Israel: A hat-trick by inspirational captain Thiago Alcantara saw Spain easily retain their European Under-21 title in Jerusalem on Tuesday with a 4-2 win over Italy.

Barcelona star Thiago, who was born in Italy where his Brazilian father Mazinho was playing for Lecce, doubled his total haul for the side with all his goals coming in the first-half.

Isco added a fourth in the second-half while Italy's goals came from Ciro Immobile and Liverpool's Fabio Borini as they at least improved on the senior side's 4-0 defeat by Spain in last year's senior Euro final.

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