Euro 2012 in Photos

Spain-Portugal 0-0 (4-2)
Text: Gabriel Baumgaertner
Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP

Spain-Portugal 0-0 (4-2)

June 27

It was an ugly, physical effort from two typically refined sides, but Spain advanced to their third consecutive major tournament final with a 0-0 (4-2) victory in penalty kicks over Portugal -- a shootout that shockingly did not feature Cristiano Ronaldo. In a game that featured 52 fouls and nine yellow cards, Spain's performance was lackluster until extra time while Portugal's approach was tough and defensive all game. Both teams missed their opening penalty kicks, but Cesc Fabregas would clinch the game in the same fashion he clinched the Spain's 2008 quarterfinal against Italy. Ronaldo was due to shoot fifth, but he was never allowed to stare down his club teammate, Spanish goalie Iker Casillas, after national teammate Bruno Alves's shot rung off the crossbar.

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