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29/06/2012 by thesun.co.uk
THREE GLEE? ... Alonso and Iniesta are chasing record third major tournament joy in successionANDRES INIESTA insists Spain are ready to create history in Sunday’s final.If Vicente del Bosque’s team lift the European Championship trophy, they will become the first team in history to win three major tournaments on the spin.Superstar Iniesta, 28, delivered a monumental displa... Full Story »
Germany 1 Italy 2: Magic Mario makes his mark as Azzurri extend tournament hoodoo
29/06/2012 by Dailymail
There could only ever be one Super Mario in this semi-final and the fact it was Balotelli and not Gomez is probably the shock of the tournament.But what a thoroughly pleasant surprise it was to see the often troubled Balotelli finally realising his considerable potential on the international stage. It was a moment to savour and enjoy, a moment for the sporting romantics an... Full Story »
Piqué's perfect defence provides platform to attack
28/06/2012 by UEFA.com
There is so much to admire and analyse in the elegant brand of football with which Spain have seduced us over the last four years that sometimes we forget to praise the basics – starting with defending.In the last three tournaments – UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012 plus the 2010 FIFA World Cup – Spain have conceded just six goals in 17 matches, keeping a clean sheet in all eigh... Full Story »
Portugal 0 Spain 0 (aet, 2-4 on pens): Oh no Ronaldo! Cristiano stranded as Cesc seals it
28/06/2012 by Dailymail
Spain will defend their European crown in Kiev this Sunday after coming through a penalty shootout to settle a dreadful game at the Donbass Arena on Wednesday night.After 120 minutes of turgid football had failed to produce a goal, Cesc Fabregas’ penalty struck the inside of the post and found the back of the net to seal the sudden death contest 4-2.Job done: Spain's player... Full Story »
Portugal pay the penalty as Spain win
28/06/2012 by espnstar
Cesc Fabregas converted the decisive spot-kick as Spain reached the final of Euro 2012 after a penalty shoot-out victory over Portugal in Donetsk.The game had finished goalless after normal time and extra-time.Fabregas fired his shot in off the post to send Spain through 4-2 in the shoot-out after Bruno Alves had hit the bar for Portugal.Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo had missed ... Full Story »
Portugal v Spain preview - Neighbours prepare to collide in final-four showdown
27/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: Will be hoping to continue his heroics against SpainPortugal will battle defending champions Spain for a spot in the Euro 2012 decider when they meet in the semi-finals at the Donbass Arena on Wednesday evening.Both teams enter the last-four clash on the back of three consecutive wins at the tournament, with Sunday's final clearly in sight.Vicente de... Full Story »
We have no plan to stop Cristiano Ronaldo but we do have Casillas, says Negredo
27/06/2012 by Goal.com
Alvaro Negredo has revealed that Spain have no set plan for nullifying Cristiano Ronaldo and are confident that Iker Casillas will be up to the task of keeping out whatever the Portugal forward fires his way in Wednesday's Euro 2012 semi-final showdown.La Roja are very familiar with the Seleccao's star player, given he plies his trade in La Liga with Real Madrid. However... Full Story »
Portugal 'can pose problems' for Spain, insists Bento
27/06/2012 by Dailymail
Portugal coach Paulo Bento insists his side will not fall into the same trap as France by retreating into their shells when they face reigning champions Spain in their Euro 2012 semi-final on Wednesday.Les Bleus boss Laurent Blanc made radical changes to his starting line-up ahead of last week’s quarter-final in an attempt to upset Spain’s rhythm and knock them out of thei... Full Story »
Just stop this man: Spain sense glory if they can close out Ronaldo threat
27/06/2012 by Dailymail
The first semi-final of Euro 2012 is being billed as the best team in the world versus the best player in the tournament. But can Cristiano Ronaldo really beat Vicente del Bosque’s gifted Spain team all on his own? Del Bosque did little to play down the threat.‘We need to deactivate Ronaldo,’ said the coach. ‘This is going to be one of the most important matches of our lives... Full Story »
Arbeloa steels himself for Ronaldo test
27/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa says he is psyching himself up "mentally and physically" to face Real Madridteam-mate Cristiano Ronaldo in the Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal on Wednesday.With three goals in his last two matches, Ronaldo has emerged as one of the stand-out players at the tournament and Arbeloa will enter directly into his line of fire when the teams fac... Full Story »