The Euro 2012 final was a lesson in peaking sports players and sports teams. Clearly Balotelli peaked in the Semi-final which was one game too early, and possibly so did Pirlo. They had less in the tank physically and mentally during the final. On the other hand, Spain had been accused of being dull, and did not beat Portugal easily. They peaked at the right time, the final. Tactics played a significant part, but the two teams had players performing well in different matches. If it was planned it was well done!