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Spain Luck out Passing Semi-final
In this Donetsk's semi-final match, both Spain and Portugal finished goalless during normal time. Cesc FÃ bregas finally scored a crucial goal in shoot-out helping the defending champion Spain get access to Sunday's Euro final in Kyiv.
This game wasn't an impressive fight, but fascinating and tense. It should be confessed that Portugal were the few teams who prevented Spain from getting scoring chances in 120 minutes. In penalty shoot-out, JoÃ£o Moutinho and Bruno Alves missed penalty while FÃ bregas seized the opportunity to seal the Italy's victory. There are only few days left for Spain to create new history.
The news focus was Real Betis BalompiÃ© defender Miki RoquÃ© before the match in that this 23-year-old player died for cancer on last Sunday. Spain marked blank armbands to commemorate him. Vicente del Bosque's side started this game with the memory of this former Liverpool FC youngster. In the 9th minute, they almost scored that Ãlvaro Arbeloa's shot higher than the beam after receiving AndrÃ©s Iniesta's proficient pass.
Subsequently defending champion kept performing outstanding invariably, but the decision to start Ãlvaro Negredo instead of FÃ bregas or Fernando Torres hadn't created obvious effect. Del Bosque had ever hoped Portugal center backfielder Pepe and Bruno Alves would experience more physical challenge, only to find his team were suffered difficulties in attacking.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani's playing helped Portugal led by Paulo Bento threaten their opponents from beginning to the end. They had merely successfully cooperated to lore that Ronaldo struggling forward and clipped a cross while it was soon destroyed by Iker Casillas.
The Real Madrid CF forward had made too many talks before the game. Before Cristiano Ronaldo drove low and wide, Iniesta had struck over goal which released by Xavi HernÃ¡ndez. However, this time the ever classic Spain's swift passing seemed to loss its magic, maybe Portugal pressed too hard on them. Nine minutes later in the first half, Vicente del Bosque replaced Negredo with FÃ bregas.
One hour past JesÃºs Navas sent JesÃºs Navas to replace David Silva, Spain were trying to determine the winner at the last moment. Unfortunately the scoring opportunity was not appearing in the field. Cristiano Ronaldo's trio of free-kick brought no trouble to Casillas at all. And in the last minute of normal time he got one best chance and was promising to seal the winner for his team. Raul Meireles broke through the middle and passed the ball to unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo whose fierce strike then wide the goal. Vicente del Bosque was surely surprised out in a cold sweat.
Owing to the Miss of this scoring chance, the match was dragged to extra time. Rui PatrÃcio presented his first brilliant save at that night that was a low shot of Iniesta getting from Jordi Alba; Soon afterwards Portugal goalkeeper could not break down the Sergio Ramos Garcia's penalty in time, but thanks to the fast pace he moved, Navas returned with nothing. The reigning champion Spain finally won in the penalty shoot-out for Xabi Alonso, FÃ bregas's winning penalties.
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