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Semifinal : AET Spain* 0 – 0 Portugal

Semifinal : AET Spain* 0 – 0 Portugal

Teams:
Spain: Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Negredo

Portugal: Patrício; Pereira, Alves, Pepe, Coentrão; Veloso, Moutinho, Meireles; Nani, Ronaldo, Almeida

Spain were the better side in extra-time, when Portugal clung on. Pedro and Navas made a big difference, bringing width, speed and directness. But it was too late and so we have a shootout.

PENALTY KICK!!

Alonso hammers a low shot to the keeper’s left but Patricios saves superbly! Spain 0-0 Portugal.

Moutinho takes an odd baby-steps run-up and then taps it to the keeper’s right … and Casillas emulates his counterpart! Spain 0-0 Portugal.

Iniesta rolls it down the middle as Patricio dives to the corner, confounding another prediction. Spain 1-0 Portugal.

Pepe takes a run-up as if he’s preparing for a long jump and then places a lovely low kick past Casillas’s dive and into the bottom corner. Spain 1-1 Portugal.

Piqué tonks it into the bottom corner. Spain 2-1 Portugal.

Nani. Alves started to walk towards the ball but Nani ordered him back … and then smacked a textbook penalty into the top corner. Spain 2-2 Portugal.

Ramos does the Panenka! Patricio buys it. Spain 3-2 Portugal.

Alves, his turn apparently having come, crashes a powerful shot against the bar. Spain 3-2 Portugal.

Fabregas sends it past Patricio and in off the post! Spain 4-2 Portugal. Spain are through to the final. And Ronaldo didn’t even get to take a kick.

 

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