Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain Wins 4-2 On Penalties

 

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Euro 2012 Semifinals: Spain Wins 4-2 On Penalties

Cesc Fabregas of Spain scored the winning penalty past Rui Patrício of Portugal during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Portugal manager Paulo Bento's men held Spain to a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes.

There remains gossip that Bento did not have Cristiano Ronaldo take one of his team's first four penalties. With Spain taking first and his team missing twice, Ronaldo never got a chance to take one as La Roja went through 4-2 on penalty kicks.

Vicente del Bosque was substituted out very early, with del Bosque taking him out for Fabregas in the 54th minute in a switch to the formation he was expected to start with.

With no goals through 90 minutes, the sides headed for extra time - but no goals were scored.

The penalty shootout started. Spain was up 2-1 when Alves walked up to the penalty spot. Alves apparently broke the order set by his manager, and Nani was forced to run up and tell his teammate that it was his turn to take a spot kick. Alves walked back to the halfway line and Nani buried a brilliant penalty to make it 2-2.

Sergio Ramos made it 3-2. That brought Alves up to the spot. Alves missed his spot kick, rattling the crossbar.

That brought up Fabregas, who scored and sealed the victory for Spain. Fabregas' shot hit the inside of the post and snuck into the back of the net to give Spain the 4-2 win.

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Portugal v Spain, Euro 2012 Semifinals: Final Score, La Roja Victorious 4-2 On Penalties

Spain defeated Portugal 4-2 on penalties - sending La Roja to the Euro 2012 Final competition on July 1, 2012 at Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Spain will clash with the winner of tomorrow's battle between Germany and Italy in the final Euro 2012 Semi-Final at National Stadium Warsaw Poland. Premium Euro 2012 football tickets are still available securely online. Do not miss out on these historic fixtures:

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