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Video: Spain ‘keeper Iker Casillas, magnanimous in victory

Iker Casillas, King Juan Carlos, Vicente del Bosque

Spain’s national soccer team captain Iker Casillas, centre gives the Euro 2012 trophy to Spain’s King Juan Carlos, left watched by coach Vicente del Bosque, right at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, July 2, 2012, a day after winning the trophy by beating Italy in the final in Kiev. (AP Photo/Dominique Faget, Pool)


Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas is gaining internet praise today for his call to end the opposition suffering in the final seconds of Sunday’s 4-0 win over Spain.

As the final seconds of the 2012 European Championship ticked away, Spain still had the ball and opportunities to make the final margin even more lopsided against the clearly dejected Italians. So Casillas turned to the nearest referee’s assistant and did what everyone around Europe was surely thinking: asked officials to blow the whistle already:



Respect for our rivals.

Respect for Italia. 4-0, yeah?”