Spaniards spill onto streets after Euro blitz

Soccer fans cheer Spain to victory at the Spanish Club in Fitzroy. Italy fans set off flares on Lygon Street.
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Police keep an eye on fans in Lygon Street, where smoke from flares filled the area.

Italy fans watch the final, disappointing minutes.

Span fans began spilling onto the streets after the win.

An Italy fan contemplates the loss.

Melbourne’s Spanish community is celebrating their national side’s huge win in the European Championship final over Italy.

About 200 fans in the Spanish Club in Fitzroy began singing, dancing, chanting and waving flags once their side’s four-nil victory was secured.

Two first-half goals made for a stress free morning and the mood turned into full-blown celebration – with horns blaring – with two late goals.

The party then spilled out onto the street where fans waved at passing cars and sang.

Maria and Eba Coza, who are originally from Cadiz in southern Spain, always knew Spain would win.

“It’s very very big, it’s amazing, absolutely fantastic,” Maria Coza said. “I had it in my heart today that they were going to win.”

Other fans were amazed at the ease of spain’s victory.

“Four-nil in a game of soccer, it’s usually one-nil or two-one, so this is just incredible,” said Albaro Gonzales.

Spanish Club president Margarita Ros said the event and celebration would draw Melbourne’s Spanish community together.

“It’s a real melting pot of Spaniards. It really brings the whole spirit together. It’s fantastic,” she said.

“I don’t follow football but an event like this, it really brings everyone together.”

Ms Ros said she expected some fans to continue celebrating through the day.

“I am sure a lot of the younger ones will use it as an excuse not to go in (to work).”

In Lygon Street, Italy fans left soon after the disappointment, but not before letting of flares.

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