(AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
JERUSALEM (AP) Thiago Alcantara scored a first-half hat trick as Spain turned on the style to beat Italy 4-2 on Tuesday and win the European Under-21 championship for a second consecutive time.
Italy started as the brighter side at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium but Spain, captained by Thiago, soon gained control and took the lead after just six minutes.
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata stormed past the Italy defenders down the left and Thiago headed home from close range. Italy hit back four minutes later when Ciro Immobile chipped over flailing Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea.