Spain vs. Portugal: Penalties Determined the Winner

94 Minutes of Zeros

The semifinal in the EURO 2012 did not start with a bang. In fact, the first 94 minutes were tight because both teams were too alike. Portugal and Spain played neck to neck and neither aimed close enough to end the match before the forced penalties. The first 20 minutes, El Chino Silva had the energy to score, yet failed to do so. Ronaldo, Portugal’s protégée was dim and a not fully committed towards the game. He had more than three times to score and pressure Spain to react; however, this game was not Cristiano’s best game considering this was a major one.

Photo: @laaficion / Spain vs. Portugal

Extra Time

The extra minutes Spain started to rumble Portugal’s ground. Del Bosque made changes that were not significantly impressive at first, yet during the penalties Fabregas (one of the changes Del Boque made) made the closing statement.

Photo: Mercury News/ Cristiano Ronaldo

The Penalties

Among the sports commentators and I believed Ronaldo would have been the first one to score for Portugal. We were wrong, Ronaldo did not score tonight. The first penalty both teams failed to score. Iniesta and Pepe scored followed by Pique and Nani. The surprised of the night, Ramos imitated Pirlo’s style in penalty and scored beautifully. Bruno Alves gave Spain the necessary key to not miss the next penalty like he did for Portugal. Cesc had all the pressure and delivered. Spain is the first finalist waiting for either Germany or Italy next Sunday, the conclusion of EURO 2012.

Photo: Facebook/ EURO 2012

The man of the night

Without a doubt in my mind, Iker Casillas is the man of the night. The 29 year-old goal keeper, Casillas maintained his energy in the right level and proving why he is one of the best goal keepers in the world.

Photo: Fatom_Barcelona/ Iker Casillas and Cesc Fabregas

Tomorrow, the drama, the history, and who will join Spain this Sunday? Italy vs. Germany! Do not miss the semifinal game that will determine the final game this Sunday. The EURO 2012 full coverage is only at ESPN. Relive the drama that only soccer can fuel its fans!

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