Spanish striker edges out Mario Gomez courtesy of late assist.
Euro 2012: Spain striker Fernando Torres’s revival crowned by the golden boot after goal against Italy
In the long cold months of winter, while he was in the middle of a 24-game scoring drought for Chelsea that stretched from October until March, Fernando Torres would surely not have imagined in his wildest dreams that he would win the golden boot at Euro 2012.
But that is exactly what he achieved last night when he came off the Spain bench to provide a second-half goal and set up Juan Mata for a fourth.
He was one of six players who finished Euro 2012 on three goals, but along with Germany’s Mario Gómez had also provided an assist.
Torres claimed the award ahead of the German by virtue of having played fewer minutes – 189 to Gomez’s 282.
His goal also made him the first player to score in two Euro finals, which is all a far cry from a season in which he found the net just six times for Chelsea in 32 Premier League games.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
So as Fernando Torres entered the fray during last night’s Euro 2012 final the Chelsea man knew that he must secure two goals or a goal and an assist in the 15 minutes he had and the former Liverpool man did just that.
Having put away a third with a calm finish past Gianluigi Buffon Torres found Blues team-mate Juan Mata with an expert sideways pass to secure the assist he needed to edge out all other competitors to clinch the Euro 2012 Golden Boot despite only starting two of Spain’s six matches in the tournament.