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Topic - Juan Mata
Greece and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal finished second in their groups, winding up in next months' eight-team European playoffs that will determine four more berths.
Chelsea's ambitious bid to sign striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United was rejected by the Premier League champions.
Rooney indicated before the end of last season to then-manager Alex Ferguson that he wanted to leave United after nine years, unhappy at losing his starting place up front.
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Fernando Torres, who missed a penalty late in the match, scored four goals. David Villa added three goals, David Silva had two and Juan Mata had one.
Fresh off a second straight drubbing of the once-mighty Barcelona, Bayern Munich was voted the top team in the Associated Press global soccer poll for the sixth straight week.
At the Olympics, Spain's European and world soccer titles aren't much help.
Even in slow-motion replays, Spain still seemed to play at 1 million miles an hour. The Italians? Well, they looked as though they'd been locked inside a pinball machine, which, in a way, they had.
Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the final of the European Championship on Sunday. Here's the best of the action and pre-match buildup. All times are Ukrainian.
Villarreal coach Manuel Preciado died of a heart attack Thursday, one day after joining the team. He was 54.
You can't keep Didier Drogba down.
The final phase of goal-line technology tests will begin later this month before soccer's rule-makers make a decision in July, FIFA announced Sunday after another high-profile controversy.
The final phase of goal-line technology tests will begin this month before soccer's rule-makers make a definitive decision in July, FIFA said Sunday after another high-profile controversy.
"Our aim is to win both of them. We have to," said Spain forward Juan Mata, who plays for Chelsea and is one of the three overage players. "We need to improve some things and we have to play better."
"Talking about him in the past tense is tough for me."