The 2nd match of the Euro that was decided by a penalty shoot-out with Spain knocking Portugal out of the tournament as Vicente Del Bosque’s side advance into Finals.
Portugal went all out from the start of the match with the entire squad pushing forward with pressure and not being afraid of attacking the likes of Iker Casillas and the defensive back-line installed. This tactic worked superbly well as they troubled the Spanish side by not allowing them to play with enough space and their usual tiki-taka style.
C.Ronaldo had a number of solo runs down the left wing going against his fellow Real Madrid comrade Sergio Ramos who couldn’t keep up with the Portuguese winger most of the times and this became evident when he was given a yellow card later on the match due to a foul committed in his attempt to stop the captain of Portugal.
With the 2nd half arriving it looked like Paulo Bento’s team were lacking the speed they had at the initial opening minutes and now they defended more than anything else. Time was ticking down and Rui Patricio was slowly becoming the hero of Portugal with last minute saves over the continuous shots and attempts of Iniesta and company.
Jesus Navas and Pedro arrived into the match with their quick legs and making runs down both flanks respectively with endless crosses hoping that their teammate will pick it up and score but it never really happened as Rui Patricio was just superb through all the day. The final minutes of the game arrived and neither side managed to score a single goal as it all was set to be decided in a penalty shoot-out.
The penalties started off with Xabi Alonso being denied by Rui Patricio and later Mourinho seeing his shot saved by Iker Casillas. Iniesta and Pique were next in line for Spain to slip it into the net while Pepe and Nani did the same as they both scored in their respective turns. Sergio Ramos scored through a panenka just like Pirlo did some days ago against England and the next in line for Portugal was Bruno Alves who smashed the ball into the crossbar, this would prove to be the decisive factor as Fabregas scored which gives Spain the ticket into the Finals.
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