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Thiago Alcantara Praises Teammates For Euro U21 Triumph

Thiago Alcantara stole the show in Jerusalem with a first half hat-trick.

Thiago Alcantara stole the show in Jerusalem with a first half hat-trick.

Hat-trick hero Thiago Alcantara was ecstatic with his team’s final victory over Italy Under 21s last night in Jerusalem.

The Barcelona midfielder scored one with his left foot, one with his right foot and a header to put Spain in the driving seat to win their second consecutive European Under 21 Championship.

Thiago told Uefa.com“The best feeling possible in a match and in a football tournament is to win the title.

“To have been able to enjoy the great tournament this team have produced, I just want to thank all my team-mates for winning us one more trophy for Spain.

“I think it was really great, to score goals and above all to help the team. We were good right across the pitch and my team-mates really helped me get those goals.”

Thiago was quick to praise tournament top scorer Alvaro Morata, who scored four goals to aid Spain’s title-winning form: “Morata is an exceptional player and he’s really given us a lot in this tournament. He helped us win the games that won us our group and get to the final too – he’s a great No9,” Thiago said.

“The goal in the last final [against Switzerland in 2011] was completely different from this one, but it’s always nice to score in a final.”

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