Alonso pleased with progress

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Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso insisted helping his team reach the semi-finals of Euro 2012 was more important than winning his 100th cap after scoring twice on Saturday night to knock out France.

The former Liverpool man played a big part in ensuring the defending champions overcame Les Bleus 2-0 with a first-half header and a late penalty in Donetsk. Spain will now meet Portugal in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

"We're through to the semi-finals, which was the main thing," the Real Madrid player told "We're pleased about that. The 100 caps is just an extra. It's in these matches that we have to show what we're about. We controlled it from start to finish. The team made things easy."

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