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Fiesta in London as Spanish football fans celebrate team’s 4-0 Euro 2012 final win

Published: July 2, 2012 | 7:56 am
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London was a sea of red last night as Spanish football fans thronged the streets to celebrate their team’s historic Euro 2012 victory over Italy.

Bars across the city erupted as the final whistle sounded, sealing the 4-0 win for La Roja.

At Walkabout in Temple, hundreds of delirious fans counted down from ten in Spanish before roaring their delight – and following up with a loud chorus of We Are the Champions.

And as the result sank in, the fiesta began in earnest with supporters not just celebrating the Euro 2012 triumph, but their team’s achievement in winning three major tournaments in a row.

Lorena Galindo Del Pozo, from Valladolid, called the result “amazing” and said she thought it would have been a harder fight than 4-0.

The 26-year-old, who lives in Canada Water and works as a barista, added: “We made history. Two years ago, we won the World Cup and four years ago Euro 2008.

“I wish I could be in Spain right now, but I’m here celebrating with lots of Spanish people so it’s really, really good.”

Fernando Nava Montes, 38, from Oviedo, was soaking up the atmosphere with his Peruvian wife Rocio Torres, 24.

The mechanic said: “It was very, very exciting. I’m of course very pleased. It’s a great result.

“Italy was a strong team, but we didn’t lose our belief. Now it’s party time.”

Cati Acha, 26, from Galicia, watched the match with both Spanish and Italian friends.

The proof-reader, who lives in Clapham, said it was “awesome” to see her team do so well.

She added: “I did not believe Spain was going to win. 4-0 is amazing.

“I was with Italian and Spanish friends and I felt a bit bad for them, but at the same time, the good thing about Italian people is that they want to celebrate with you.”

Jaime Monsalvo, 22, from Madrid, who lives in Manor House, said he felt “very proud” to be Spanish.

The mechanical engineering student added: “There were so many goals. It wasn’t like a normal final in that way.

“It was an exciting game. The first part was the most exciting because the players were fresh.”

His friend Victor Ortez, who lives in Fulham, but is also originally from Madrid, said the result would be a welcome morale boost for the country.

The 23-year-old, who manages a café, added: “Our economy may be s***, but no-one plays football better than us.

“It was amazing. I’m feeling very excited. We made history.”

Maria Abad Lopee, 22, from Ciudad Real called the occasion “perfect”.

The waitress, who lives in Golders Green, added: “I’m very, very pleased with the result. We are going to celebrate.”

The parties continued long into the night with many heading to Trafalgar Square hoping for a victory bath in the fountain.

As others headed home, their cheers and chants of “ole, ole, ole, ole” resounded through the underground.


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