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Alonso - A 'phenomenal' night - Centurion excels as Spain cruise into Euro 2012 semi-finals
Posted Sunday, June 24, 2012 by Sky Sport

Alonso - A 'phenomenal' night - Centurion excels as Spain cruise into Euro 2012 semi-finals
Xabi Alonso: Kept his nerve from the spot having earlier given Spain the lead

Xabi Alonso described his team's 2-0 win over France as "phenomenal" after scoring both Spain goals in his 100th appearance for his country.

Alonso converted Jordi Alba's first-half cross before sealing the victory with an injury-time penalty after Pedro was felled by Anthony Reveillere.

Considering this was a Euro 2012 quarter-final, it was a limp display from Laurent Blanc's France side and as a result the world and European champions rarely had to get into full stride.

Vicente del Bosque's men were content to contain and did so brilliantly as they completely neutralised the French threat.

It made for a happy occasion for the 30-year-old Real Madrid midfielder who admitted it was comfortable for his side.

"The team was phenomenal and personally I am very satisfied with the two goals," said Alonso.

"We didn't have that many chances but we completely controlled the match."

Spain will now continue the defence of the trophy when they play Portugal in Donetsk on Wednesday.

"The most important step is the next one," concluded Alonso. "We know all about Cristiano. But we are not afraid.

"We are now in the semis and of course all the games at this stage are life and death."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia