Majestic Spain took their place among the game's greats by thrashing Italy 4-0 to retain their European title on Sunday, the biggest victory margin in a World Cup or Euro final - and all without a recognised striker.
Their success rewrote the tactical handbook and the record books after goals from David Silva, Jordi Alba and late substitutes Fernando Torres and Juan Mata gave the world champions an ultimately easy victory over an Italian team down to 10 men through injury for the last half-hour.
"It was a great match for our players, they controlled the game," Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque told reporters.
"But there is not one football, the important thing is to score goals. We have strikers but we decided to play with players who went better with our style."
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli added: "They made history and deservedly - they have a lot of players who are tried and tested at this level and even though they don't play with a classic striker they certainly cause you plenty of problems."
While Spain's brilliant performance brought them a fully deserved success, what they achieved needs to be placed in some historical perspective, if only because their tiki-taka short-passing style has been criticised during the tournament.
Spain have become the first national side to win three major tournaments in the modern era after their Euro 2008 success and World Cup victory two years ago and have equalled Germany's record of three European titles.
Sunday's win also beat the victory margin Helmut Schoen's West Germany side recorded for a Euro final with their 3-0 win over the Soviet Union in 1972.
Two years later Schoen led West Germany to a World Cup triumph, a unique double success for a coach until Del Bosque matched it on Sunday.
Torres became the first player to score in two Euro finals and, together with his Chelsea club mate and fellow scoring substitute Mata, became one of a handful of players to win the Champions League and European Championship in the same season.
Other records were eclipsed too as the Spaniards redefined what it takes to be successful at the elite level of the game in the modern age.