Under-21 European Championships

Alcantara hails 'perfect tournament'

June 18, 2013
By ESPN staff

Thiago Alcantara believes Spain played a perfect tournament as they retained their Under-21 European Championship trophy in Israel.

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Alcantara, 22, scored a first half hat-trick in the final as La Rojita overcame Italy 4-2 to end the tournament unbeaten.

"I think it is a perfect tournament," he told Sky Sports. "We won all the matches and we played wonderful football too.

"I am very glad for my players and I'm glad for the tournament too. The most important thing is to play a good game for the team and for each other.

"All the players played an amazing game and congratulations to the team."