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photo Tara Benwell Instructions:
  1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
  2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
  3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
  4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
  5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
  6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

Spain Wins 2012 Euro Cup

dateline: 03 July 2012

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • defending champions: the previous winners of the same tournament
  • victory: win
  • substitute: replacement (usually due to injury or absence)
  • dominate: to be the leader; to be most in control
  • struggle: to have difficulty achieving something
  • striker: the player on a football/soccer team whose main job is to score goals; forward

Spain Wins 2012 Euro Cup

Spain beat Italy in the Euro 2012 football finals this Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. The defending champions were up 2-0 by , and dominated throughout the game. Italy struggled to and eventually lost all of its substitute players. This was the third major victory for Spain, after winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. Prior to these wins, it had been over 40 years since Spain had enjoyed a major victory. Spain striker Fernando Torres won the award after scoring three goals in this year’s tournament.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did this final match take place?
  2. Why was this win so significant for Spain?
  3. Why does the article mention Fernando Torres?

Discussion Question: Do you think this win will give the people of Spain temporary relief from the deep economic recession they are experiencing?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.

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