Like many other Spanish fans, Pilar Lamprea gazed up toward the heavens as the dying seconds ticked off the clock during yesterday’s Euro soccer final.

But unlike the others, she was not thanking celestial beings for the victory. She was thinking of her father, who died last year. He was the biggest soccer fan she’s ever known.

She was among hundreds who formed a sea of red inside the Plaza Flamingo on College Street yesterday for the tournament final match, pitting Spain against Germany. The elated crowd spilled out onto the street following its team’s 1-0 triumph, which ended Spain’s 44-year drought at the European championship level.


But as happy as most fans were, few could match the joy felt by the half-Spanish Lamprea, who was on hand with her husband and her best friend.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” she said.

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