A Remarkable video has emerged showing Spain captain Iker Casillas calling for an early end to stoppage time in the Euro 2012 final on Sunday as a mark of respect for Italy.
The Azzurri were forced to play the last 33 minutes of the match with 10 men after Thiago Motta limped off due to injury and Spain cruised into a 4-0 lead before injury time started.
During the final minutes, Casillas turned to the additional assistant referee behind his goal and called for an end to the game, stating: "Respect for the rival. Respect for Italy."
The Real Madrid goalkeeper did not ask for a premature conclusion to the match just to begin celebrations early as his first action after the whistle was to shake hands with the official from behind his goal, before making a subdued walk up field to join his team-mates.
Casillas set a new record of 509 minutes without conceding a goal at a European Championship, as well as becoming the first player to earn 100 international wins, as Spain claimed their third consecutive major title.