this video is beautiful :’)
Sportsmanlike Conduct of the Day: In Sunday’s Euro 2012 final, the Italians, already losing by a wide margin, were forced to play a man down after losing their third and final subtitution to injury.
After Spain went on to score two more goals to make the score 4-0, goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas pleaded with the referee to end the match early out of “respect for the rival.”
His gesture ended the Italians’ misery just 30 seconds early, but it still deserves a place among some of the classier moves in sports.
Iker Casillas of Spain lifts the trophy as he celebrates following victory in the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)