Three was not to be.
Three was beyond them.
The Champions of 2008 and 2012 are going home after the round of 16, despite looking like they might go all the way.
Their first two group games gave them hope. The lack of a big name striker to devastate opponents in the final third didn’t seem to matter. They still had enough class elsewhere to make up for that.
But that loss to Croatia in the third game shattered them, made them realise they were vulnerable.
And the Italians exploited that.
Spain, your reign is over. But what a reign it was.
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