AP PHOTOS: Spain wins Euro 2012, partying ensues

By The Associated Press | July 1, 2012 | 7:11 PM EDT

Spanish fans celebrate during the viewing of Euro 2012 soccer championship final match between Spain and Italy at the Fan Zone in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Spain won its third straight major soccer title Sunday, routing Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final and making it look all too easy.

With every goal, the huge group of fans at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, cheered and screamed.

In central Madrid, tens of thousands of Spaniards gathered to watch their team's win. The victory gave Spain undisputed proof the team is the best in the world, setting off celebrations in all corners of the country — and giving Spaniards a break from the grinding economic crisis they're enduring.

"We needed this win to counteract the suffering caused by the crisis, which seems endless," said a smiling Antonio Ferrillo in downtown Madrid as cars drove by with passengers yelling "Espana! Espana!"


Here's a gallery of photos from the match and celebrations.