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The referee, Portugal’s Pedro Proenca, collects his medal with his assistants. Now come Buffon and the Italian team. Balotelli is at the back again, a few paces adrift of his teammates. Lots of handshakes and forced smiles. Balotelli gets his loser’s medal from UEFA’s Michel Platini. Left hand on hip. He looks mightily unhappy. Tonight, for Mario, it was not to be. He walks slowly down the stairs. It’s Spain’s night tonight. They’re coming now to collect their medals and hold the trophy aloft, emphatically deserved winners. Balotelli will have to wait for glory.

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