EURO 2012: Spain cruise past France and into the semi finals


Spain made another step towards defending the title they had won in 2012 as they defeated France 2-0 in the quarter finals at the end of the game that Vicente Del Bosque's men had under control.

The Spaniards made their intentions clear right away through their usual possession game, they wanted to leave the French as little time on the ball as possible. The first half-chance of the match came after nine minutes when defender Arbeloa broke loose on the flank and crossed into the box but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was fastest as he came out to catch it. The domination continued without any real danged on either end until the 18th minute when another good move from the Spaniards brough the ball to Jordi Alba on the left flank, the full-back's cross found Xabi Alonso unmarked in the box and the Real Madrid midfielder headed home. Spain dominated the game until half time but there were no more clear cut chances as their attacks were blocked just in time by the French defence.

Spain resumed their domination after the break but France had a bit more courage in the second half. Debuchy sent a good cross from Ribery over the bar before goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had to make a desperate effort to stop Cesc Fabregas who was sent clean through by a genius pass from Iniesta. The French were unable to put the Spanish defence in difficulty and the game was wrapped up with just one minute left when substitute Pedro was brought down inside the penalty area by Koscielny. The referee pointed to the spot and Xabi Alonso converted to bring his tally for the national team to 15 goals.

Spain advance to the semi finals where they will meet another team that has impressed in the last couple of games: Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

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