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Super Mario's tears: Euro 2012 final proves a step too far for Balotelli and Italy

Spain did such a great job of shutting down Italy's attack in a 4-0 rout that star striker Mario Balotelli rarely even got the ball in a scoring position, The Associated Press reports.

At the final whistle, Balotelli stormed off the pitch in frustration - shoving aside a team official who attempted to block his path to the changing room, as coach Cesare Prandelli screamed at him to turn around.

Balotelli eventually came back out and accepted his runner-up medal, then dropped to the pitch where he was consoled by Prandelli.

"I told him he has to accept losses, that these are experiences from which you can take strength for the next opportunities," Prandelli said. "You need to know how to accept these things. That's sport. Many players have lost and suffered, but it's all over now."

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