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FT France 0 – 2 Spain

FT France 0 – 2 Spain

At 19′, Iniesta lifts a lovely short pass down the left to set Jordi Alba free. Debuchy slips, allowing the Spaniard to scuttle into the area. He pulls a cross back to Xabi Alonso, ten yards out, level with the far post after cutting in from the right. Alonso – on his 100th appearance – heads the cleverest of finishes down and back across Lloris, into the left-hand side of the net. Magnificent. 1-0 for Spain.

At 90′, Pedro twists, turns, and executes a couple of stepovers down the inside left and into the French area. Reveillere balloons into view and knocks him to the ground. Spot kick! PENALTY TO SPAIN!

Spain 2-0 France. Alonso pelts the penalty into the left-hand side of the net, Lloris going the other way.

The reigning world and European champions Spain go through to the semi final, where they will meet their Iberian rivals Portugal. Spain are clearly the best team in the world, almost impossible to beat; that’s hardly news, and nobody’s arguing otherwise. But crowds and audiences are under no obligation to enjoy the spectacle.

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