Spain in Euro final
- Published: 28 Jun 2012 at 02.33
- Online news:
Spain won a penalty shoot-out 4-2 over Portugal early Thursday to advance to the Euro 2012 final match.
Spain now have the chance to become the first team to retain their European title, and win three tournaments in succession, after Cesc Fabregas slotted the ball home from 12 yards to punish Bruno Alves’s penalty that struck the bar.
After goalkeepers Rui Patricio and Iker Casillas both saved the opening penalties from Xabi Alonso and Joao Moutinho, Alves, who had originally attempted to take the third spot kick before being sent back by Nani, hit the woodwork after Sergio Ramos had emulated Andrea Pirlo by executing a perfect Panenka.
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