Spain Vs. Italy LIVE Score, Updates: Euro 2012 Final Features Mario Balotelli, Andres Iniesta

07/01/2012 02:23 pm ET | Updated Jul 01, 2012

Who will be the hero in the final match of Euro 2012?

Will Andrea Pirlo mastermind another dream result for Italy? Or will Spain add another major trophy to a recent haul that includes the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2008.

Although Spain needed a penalty shootout to edge Iberian rivals Portugal in one semifinal, they arrive in Kiev flush with confidence and attacking options. Loaded with stars like Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos from club powerhouses Barcelona and Real Madrid, Vicente Del Bosque's side is so rich with possession players that he often starts without a traditional striker. Italy, on the other hand, would not be playing in the final if not for the epic performance delivered by the striker at the top of the formation. Balotelli delivered a stirring two-goal performance against Germany to silence his critics -- at least temporarily -- and lift the Azzurri into a battle with La Roja.

Of course, if the final of Euro 2012 goes to penalties then we could all do worse than watching Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon decide the championship of Europe.