Cesc Fabregas, Spain
Euro 2012 Final: Spain v Germany or Italy
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.
Fabregas played in 2006, when he was 18, and again in 2008, he helped Spain win Euro 2008 with 1 goal and 4 assists.
In the 2012 Euro 2012 competition, Fabregas scored a penalty goal as Spain won the shootout over Portugal to reach Sunday’s final. Only Germany or Italy can keep Spain from an unprecedented feat of World Cup and Euro competitions. Spain is the only team besides West Germany to reach three straight finals.
“Hopefully we can achieve what nobody else has achieved,” coach Vicente del Bosque said. “This would be great for everyone: for Spanish football and for our country as a whole.
“These are signs of progress taking place in Spanish sports, and hopefully it will carry over into society as well.”
“Spain has already made history and now we continue making it,” captain Iker Casillas said. “I hope people remember this all their lives because who would have thought we could achieve this four years ago.”
Spain won the Euro 2008 and World Cup in 2010.
“I had an intuition. In the afternoon I was thinking about it, that I would have a unique opportunity and I told (assistant coach) Toni Grande that I didn’t want to shoot second, that I wanted to shoot fifth,” Fabregas said at the Donbass Arena. “I think I spoke to the ball, I know what I told the ball. I said ‘I think we’ll be together right to the final.’”
Spain has an extra rest day over its opponent – that will be either Germany or Italy.
“In either case, whichever team gets out of the semifinal will be a great team,” said Spain manager Del Bosque.
Fabregas or Fernando Torres have scored two goals each and have each started twice in five games.
“Spain keeps making history, nobody has done what we have and now if we win Sunday’s final we can add the exclamation point to this era,” said defender Sergio Ramos, whose audacious soft chip in the penalty shootout helped put Spain in command. “I hope people appreciate how difficult it is to get to where we are. Spain won’t always win every game, but we hope that’s not the case on Sunday.”
EURO 2012 FINAL Olympic Stadium Kiev