Spain eliminates Portugal on penalty kicks and qualified for euro final.

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euro-semi-spain-winsJune 28 Donetsk: World champions Spain and Europe have reached their third final in a row in a major tournament by eliminating Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in the semifinals of Euro-2012 after the penalty shoot on goal (0 – 0 p, 4 tab 2) Wednesday in Donetsk.

Spain equals the record of Germany who had succeeded the feat in 1972 and 1976. Portugal fails to turn again in his quest for a trophy, as in 2004 (final of Euro) and 2006 (semi-finals of the World).

Cristiano Ronaldo watched helplessly as the penalty shootout drama passed him by. The Portugal captain, and star attraction at the European Championship, stood slightly apart from his team-mates on Wednesday as they watched Spain advance to the final. The defending champions won the shootout 4-2 after a 0-0 draw in the first semi-final.

Yet nothing has been easy for the Spaniards who had to wait for the dramatic penalty shoot-aim to remove Portugal from their path. The two heroes are called Iberian Iker Casillas, who stopped an attempt by Moutinho and Cesc Fabregas, who wrote the winning penalty kick.

The denouement is cruel to Ronaldo, the star of the inevitable Seleccao and undisputed star of the competition. Faced with some of his comrades of his rivals Real Madrid and Barca, CR7, author of three goals so far, has not had the expected return.

Although often muzzled by Arbeloa or marking made by two Spanish players, Ronaldo was restrained in its expression. But the Real player, also the fate of his country, also had something else in mind: the quest for the Golden Ball, a first conquered in 2008 and it aims to reappropriate after three seasons in the hands of rival Argentine Lionel Messi.

The Portuguese star anyway botched its few hot stock, either free kick (72nd, 84th) launched or deep (90th). Action in the form of ball game that will have great cost to the Portuguese. Sad evening for Ronaldo who will not even have had the opportunity to play a role in the penalty shoot on goal, placed last shot.

This real derby generally did not live with both teams failing to appear sharp and especially to find enough space to express themselves.

The debates were fairly balanced, the system set up by Paulo Bento with his three runners from midfield (Meireles, Moutinho, Veloso) leaving very little leeway in Spanish collective.

This rage and this power to fight for every ball was perfectly symbolized by Coentrao, who has nothing left to spend on its left side, or by Meireles, uncompromising in the tackle.

This did not prevent the Roja to create opportunities most free, most by Iniesta, who has repeatedly tried without success attempted distant (10th, 28th) before running out of low order of overtime win (104th), its recovery being turned away at close range by goalkeeper Lusitanian, Rui Patricio.

After several attempts to form a business without striker Vicente Del Bosque had returned to a conventional formula by launching Negredo in the deep end. But this scheme has not worked completely, Spain coach changed his tune from the 54th minute by replacing Cesc Fabregas.

The fragile environment of FC Barcelona could not by itself move the athletic defensive pair Portuguese, Pepe and Bruno Alves. But he has managed the only thing he was, alone with Rui Patricio in the session of shots on goal. Just for that, the coaching Del Bosque is a laudable achievement.

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