First finalist of Euro 2012 is Spain – in the semi-finals in Donetsk,Spaniards defeated Portugal on penalties 4-3!
Portugal surprisely well has confront to powerful Spain and if not destroyed their tika-taka football,than certainly reduce it to most lowest level.
Did Spain play this semi-final match bad,or did Portuguese tactically outplay Spaniards!? Probably both of it.Spain coach Del Bosque started the match with a new attacker Negredo which really hasn’t brought something new in their game.
Portugal put a high pressure on the last line or defence of Spaniards,which look good,but both team a few of chances which they got,failed to convert into a goal.Extra time did not offered anything new,Negredo even in the second half was replaced with Fabregas,and Xavi H. with Pedro,and Spain looks much better,but the game went to penalties shoot-out where Spaniards were better and have won with 4-2.
Portuguese tragedians were Moutinho and Bruno Alves who hit the post.It is mystery why the best Portuguese player did not shot earlier and was saved for the final Portugal´s penalty shot,because it is known that best players usually shot first and maybe just this was a key point in Spain´s progress into the finals.
Spaniards after winning the last European and world competition will now have a chance to win its third consecutive major title.Only one team until now manage to play in three finals in a row and it was Germany,but no one ever has won three titles in a row.So,Spain can write the new history if they won in the finals.Their opponents will be Italy or Germany.
Highlights : Portugal 2-4 Spain
1st Half Highlights
2nd Half Highlights
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao, Pereira, Veloso (from 106 Custódio), Moutinho, Meireles (from 113th Varela), Nani, Ronaldo, Almeida (Oliveira of 81).
Spain: Casillas, Pique, Ramos, Arbeloa, Alba, Iniesta, Xavi (87 Pedro), Alonso, Busquets, Silva (Jesus Navas of 60), Negredo (from 54th Fàbregas).
Full Match video Highlights are coming soon.