Xabi Alonso of Spain celebrated scoring the second goal with Fernando Torres during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Spain will clash with Portugal and star player Cristiano Ronaldo in their next match.

"These types of games, in this type of competition, are always very tense,'' said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, "and you need to have the know-how to win them.''

Real Madrid midfielder Alfonso celebrated his 100th international appearance with an early header and a late penalty.

"I could never have imagined to reach my 100th cap, to go to the semis and score two goals,'' Alonso said. "Hopefully the 101st will be better.''

"He knows how to sacrifice himself, help the team and where to play,'' Del Bosque said of Alonso. "He is one of the attacking strengths of ours. He knows how to create and finish.''

"When you lose a game there's always something missing, I'm not sure if it's possession or technical ability,'' France coach Laurent Blanc said. "The lads gave everything and it's very hard to play against Spain. We blocked their left flank, which is their strong point.''

"They were there for the taking,'' Blanc said. "We knew we would get some chances, and the only thing I regret is that they scored off their first good chance. If we had gone in level at 0-0 at halftime, then I think we would have had more room in the second half.''

"The big teams have all showed up at this Euro, and they will be in the semifinals,'' Blanc said. "Unfortunately, France won't be.''



Iker Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi Hernandez, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, David Silva (Pedro Rodriguez, 65), Andres Iniesta (Santi Cazorla, 84), Cesc Fabregas (Fernando Torres, 67).


Hugo Lloris, Anthony Reveillere, Adil Rami, Laurent Koscielny, Gael Clichy, Mathieu Debuchy (Jeremy Menez, 65), Yohan Cabaye, Yann M'Vila (Olivier Giroud, 79), Florent Malouda (Samir Nasri, 65), Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema.

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