Portugal (2) 0 – 0 (4) Spain

Man of the Match: Jordi Alba. The Spanish full-back was indefatigable and provided a constant outlet on the left flank, especially when the defending champions were under the cosh. As the game went on he got stronger and stronger. Andres Iniesta should have really scored from his cut-back in extra-time following yet another marauding run forward.

Portugal verdict: From the first whistle the Portuguese midfield harried and hustled Spain and when in possession their plan to hit balls early down the flanks for speedsters Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani worked a treat. They appeared to run out of steam a little in the second-half, more gaps appeared and Spain saw more of the ball. Fatigue really set in during extra-time and while they still posed a threat on the break, the tenacity of their defending unsurprisingly waned.

Spain verdict: Struggled to impose their trademark passing and pressing game early on and a lack of playing time for striker Alvaro Negredo proved problematic as he failed to read the flicks and tricks of his team-mates. Spain found their rhythm in the second-half as Xavi got a grip of the game and wore down Portugal, who lost their initial zest. Exerted more dominance in extra-time, with Andres Iniesta forcing a great save from Rui Patricio. They turned the screw as time ticked away and probably deserved to win.

Could do better: Alvaro Negredo. Having played just one minute of Euro 2012 prior to this semi-final it was somewhat of a surprise that Vincente del Bosque decide to start the striker. It was less of a surprise when the Sevilla man was hauled off after just 54 minutes having failed to make any telling contribution. He appeared to be playing a different game to his team-mates.

Stat attack: There was just one shot on target in the first half, the joint-fewest in a game at Euro 2012, and only two on target in the whole 90 minutes – both from Spain.

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