Euro 2012 Final: Fernando Torres and Players Who Must Step Up

Ted LeeCorrespondent IJune 30, 2012

KIEV, UKRAINE - JUNE 30: Fernando Torres of Spain excercises during a training session ahead of the UEFA EURO 2012 final match against Italy on June 30, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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The Euro 2012 is scheduled for July 1, with Spain trying trying to defend its 2008 title against Italy. 

Playing for all the marbles, both teams need everyone to step up. Some players have stepped up all tournament long and others have struggled and disappointed.

Italy must play their best against the Spaniards, who plan to heavily attack the Italian squad. Spain must also have their players step up to prevent an upset.


Fernando Torres, Spain

One of football's most feared strikers, Fernando Torres has only scored two goals so far in this Euro Cup. His two goals came against a weak Ireland team in group play and he has accumulated only nine shots so far.

If Spain wants to make history again, Torres needs to step up in the finals against Italy. 

Torres has the opportunity to become the only player to score in two major finals if he scores in Kiev. He scored the winner four years ago in Vienna. 


Antonio Cassano, Italy

Antonio Cassano led Italy in the qualifiers, playing in all 10 games while scoring six goals.

After undergoing minor heart surgery that saved his life last year, Cassano has not been the same player that played in the qualifiers, only scoring one goal and having one assist. 

The shots have come for Cassano, amassing 13 shots so far in the tournament, but not the goals.

Italy, already over-achieving after upsetting a strong Germany team that was supposed to be the favorite to win the Euro Cup, will need Cassano to help their offense-deficient squad in the finals. 


David Silva, Spain

Silva, the gifted winger on Spain, has not showed his full potential so far in the Euro Cup. While he has three assists, he has only one goal, a problem that has lingered all throughout his career.

Silva has been known to not score as many goals as he's capable of during his career, only scoring 17 from 2005-09. 

With Spain's top players already picking up the slack, Silva must contribute as much as possible in the finals.


Daniele De Rossi, Italy

Daniele De Rossi may be the most under-performing player on the Italian squad, which must change in the finals if Italy hopes to have their first Euro Cup since 1968. 

De Rossi has played 440 minutes in this tournament, and has nothing to show for it. No goals or assists and just nine shots. 

Seen as the future leader for the Italian squad, De Rossi has shown no evidence as to why he should be the leader.

If Italy hopes to achieve another upset against a talented Spain squad, it is De Rossi that must step up and lead the Italians to glory.

Euro 2012 has been nothing short of exciting, and it all comes to an end on July 1 when the favored Spain squad takes on the underdogs from Italy.

These players need to step up for their squad, their fans and their country.