Euro 2012 update: June 28th

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Spain were celebrating last night after beating Portugal 4-2 on penalties in the first Euro 2012 semi-final.

Vicente del Bosque’s side were held 0-0 after 120 minutes, with Cristiano Ronaldo spurning the best chance for Paolo Bento’s side in regulation before failing to take a penalty in the shootout.

Joao Moutinho and Bruno Alves missed their efforts from 12 yards, leaving Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas to hit the winner off the post and set-up the chance of a famous trophy treble.

La Roja will face either Italy or Germany in the final, with the two sides set to go head-to-head tonight at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

Cesare Prandelli is in optimistic mood after the penalty shootout win over England in the quarter-final, but won’t be taking Joachim Loew’s side lightly on the big stage.

“Of course it will be great to take on Germany and we are convinced we can play our own game. So we are very calm from this perspective, and keen to put into practice what we’ve been working on in training,” he told the press.

For Germany, it will be more of the same after four straight wins against Portugal, Holland, Denmark and Greece, and manager Loew is eager to prevent the Azzurri from putting their stamp on the match.

“What will be decisive is that we play our game. We will try to have our rhythm and we will try to bring in our strengths. We will not let Italy show us how to play, so it’s a confidence thing. We have to be cheeky, we have to be strong and brave, and we must also be concentrated,” he concluded.

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