Pure delight: Alonso celebrates his winner in Donetsk
In contrast, Chelsea’s £50million forward Fernando Torres was left on the bench until the 67th minute and did little after coming on to suggest he will be recalled for Wednesday’s semi-final clash against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Victorious Spain coach Vicente del Bosque seemed happy enough with his striker-less formation which saw former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas deployed as a ‘false No9’.
Del Bosque said: ‘We were in control most of the time and France didn’t have any chances. It was an intense match and
we needed to concentrate to win. But it was a fair result.’
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|