Thursday, June 28, 2012
PORTUGAL 0 SPAIN 0(aet, 2-4 on pens) : FABREGAS HITS WINNING SPOT-KICK AS HOLDERS SQUEEZE THROGH TO FINAL.
Cesc Fabregas sent Spain through to the European Championship final with the winning penalty in a shootout after the holders were frustrated by a dogged Portugal side for 120 minutes.
The match failed to live up to its billing, with Paulo Bento's side having the better of the game in the first half. Spain improved as the match wore on but the Portuguese continued to be resolute in defence, and it took until the first half of extra time until the game's first clear-cut chance.
Rui Patricio saved brilliantly from Andres Iniesta, who really should have scored when Jordi Alba's cut-back found him unmarked eight yards out.