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Thursday, June 28, 2012

EURO 2012 : Spain beat Portugal on penalties to reach Euro final

Cesc Fabregas was the hero as Spain beat Portugal via a dramatic penalty shootout win in Dontesk.

The match finished 0-0 after extra-time with neither side doing enough to win during the match, with defences to the fore during the 120 minutes of play.

Xabi Alonso had Spain's first penalty saved, as did Joao Moutinho for Portugal, but the next five penalties were all scored before  Bruno Alaves hit the crossbar for Portugal, opening up a chance for Spain.

Fabregas ensured Spain reached the final by smashing his penalty into the goal off the left hand upright, giving Spain victory with an unbeatable 4-2 advantage - Ronaldo was an unused penalty taker for Portugal.

See Video Highlights of Euro2012 - Portugal v Spain semifinal from

The world champions Spain have now won their past nine knockout games at major tournaments without conceding a goal.

FULLTIME : Portugal 0-0 Spain - Spain win 4-2 on penalties.

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