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Torres gilds the lily with UEFA’s Golden Boot award

Spain's Fernando Torres holds his son Leo after an award ceremony as Spain won the Euro 2012 soccer championship final between Spain and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, early Monday, July 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

KIEV: Spanish striker Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot award for top scorer at Euro 2012 edging out Germany’s Mario Gomez, UEFA announced Monday. The 28-year-old Gomez scored three goals and provided one assist during the tournament.

However, UEFA gave it to him on the tiebreak of having had less game time during the finals, the Spaniard having had 189 minutes on the pitch compared to Gomez’s 280.

Four other players also ended up with three goals, Italian striker Mario Balotelli, Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo, rising Russian star Alan Dzagoev and one of the revelations of the tournament, Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic.

For Torres it sees him complete an incredible latter part of the 2011/12 season where he also collected FA Cup and Champions League winners medals with Chelsea having been all but written off for the majority of the campaign as he failed to fire for the English club.

But, there was to be a let down for the former Atletico Madrid star as he missed out on being named in the 23-man squad of the championship named by UEFA later Monday.

While he came on as a substitute during the final, rightback Alvaro Arbeloa was the only one of the starting XI against Italy who failed to make the UEFA squad.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 03, 2012, on page 15.

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