Portugal vs Spain 2-4 Highlights Euro 2012 Semifinal 27th June 2012
Spain beat Portugal in the 1st semifinal of Euro 2012 and progress into their 2nd consecutive final of European championship. They will face either Germany or Italy in the final of Euro 2012.
Portugal vs Spain 0-0 (2-4 pen.) Full Match Highlights Euro 2012
Semi Final 1 ….
Portugal vs Spain…… Individual talents vs magical midfield ….
The defending European and World Champions Spain will log their horns with Portugal for a spot in the Euro 2012 final. Though Spain seems to be clear favorites for this clash but Portugal does have some game changers in their ranks, players like Cristiano Ronaldo , Nani, Veloso, Raul Meireles , Moutinho, Fabio Coentrao etc.
Style of play…
Spain will play their familiar style of possession football, where they will control the midfield, build up slowly and look for through balls. Interestingly Spain in most of the match played 6 midfield players without any striker, and in the semi expect Torres to again warm the benches. Spain also have some chinks in the armor like Xavi’s poor form, lack of penetration in the box , undecided striker and their wing backs Jordi Alba and Raul arbeloa will have their work cut out against Ronaldo and Nani.
Portugal on the other hand will depend on their wingers for creativity and quick counter attacks . Their main weapon will be their charismatic captain Ronaldo , but he have to realize that he will not see lot of the ball against the resolute Spanish team, he have to keep his patience and take his chances.
Portugal have to defend manfully, Pepe and Alves will have to bring their A game on the park. Meireles , Moutinho and Veloso will play a pivotal role in linking defence to attack.
Spain will start the game as favorites and will dominate possession but Portugal if dig their heels and defend well they will give Spain a run for their money.
Expect a cagy battle but not many goals…..
Man to watch :
Portugal : Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani.
Spain : David Silva and Fernando Torres.
Match Referee : Cüneyt Cakir (Turkey Referee)
Spain Team line-ups (Possible) :
Coach : Vicente del Bosque
Portugal Team line-ups (Possible) :
Coach : Paulo Bento
Prediction of Result :
Spain will win this match with 1 goal margin and the score may be 0-1 or 1-2 between Portugal vs Spain match.
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