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Euro 2012 update – June 26th

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Today represents the clam before the storm at this summer’s European Championships, with Portugal, Spain, Germany and Italy preparing for their big semi-finals over the coming days.

Paolo Bento’s side booked their place in the last four five days ago, and will be well-rested when they face Vicente del Bosque’s men at the Donbass Arena tomorrow night.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead his side into battle once more, whilst Manchester United winger Luis Nani will also pose a threat.

For La Roja, the main selection headache comes up-front, with either Cesc Fabregas or Fernando Torres set to lead the line for his country.

In the second semi-final, Germany go head-to-head with Italy, and confidence is high in the camp after a convincing 4-2 victory over Greece.

“I think we showed against Greece that our attack is very strong, as well as our defence. We’ve played four matches and won them all, had the strongest group and still got nine points. Now we are in the semi-finals,” said attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Italy took part in a light training session after beating England on penalties on Sunday night, and manager Cesare Prandelli is hoping to frustrate Joachim Loew’s side when the two teams meet on Thursday.

“We have the confidence we can play our game against Germany. We must read the game well, and so, with our knowledge and ability, we must have the courage to attack their defence,” said the manager.

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