Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain vs Portugal

An old football rivalry was ignited last night during the first semi final of Euro 2012. Spain versus Portugal should always deliver a good game, but this one disappointed for large parts. Both teams were on level terms when it came to tactics, drive and passion, but scoring chances were far and few between. After 90 minutes it was still 0-0 and the crowd and television were subjected to another 30 minutes of boring football. However, in those 30 minutes tiredness and urgency came into the game and it became more interesting and a lot nastier. Nine yellow cards but no goals later the players started their penalty shoot out. In the end Spain won and will play the final against either Italy or Germany. [61 photos total]

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A fan of Portugal grimaces in the centre of Donetsk (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS) #
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Fansof Spain's soccer team with their faces painted in colors of national flag cheer before Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #
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A fan of Portugal cheers before the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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A Spain's fan cheers before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's and Spain's players stand during the national anthem ceremony before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's players pose for a team photo before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's players pose for a team photo before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Pique challenges Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Coentrao is challenged by Spain's Silva during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Arbeloa misses a chance to score against Portugal during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Arbeloa reacts after missing chance to score against Portugal during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Casillas makes a save next to team mate Iniesta and Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Alonso controls ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Arbeloa challenges Portugal's Coentrao during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Meireles jumps for the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Pique challenges Portugal's Moutinho during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Moutinho challenges Spain's Pique during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Pique collides with team mate Arbeloa during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Pepe reacts during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Negredo and Portugal's Alves jump for header during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Match referee Ongun of Turkey shows a yellow card to Spain's Ramos during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Nani reacts as he lies on ground during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's coach Bento controls the ball next to Spain's Arbeloa during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Jordi Alba and Portugal's Nani fight for the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Pepe argues with the line referee during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Alonso is challenged by Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Negredo leaves the pitch as being substituted by Spain's Fabregas during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donets (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Match referee Cakir of Turkey shows a yellow card to Portugal's Pepe during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks at the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Pereira challenges Spain's Fabregas during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Sergio Ramos challenges Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo concentrates before free-kick during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Ronaldo looks on as Spain's Arbeloa receives a yellow card by referee Cakir of Turkey during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Valdes jumps over Portugal's Coentrao during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Alves and Pepe argue with Spain's Pique surrounded by their team mates during a break at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Alvaro Arbeloa receives a yellow card during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Rodriguez lies on pitch after tackle during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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A soccer fan reacts during the the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the fan zone in Kiev (ANATOLII STEPANOV/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Iniesta reacts after missing chance to score against Portugal during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio reacts during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Alonso receives a yellow card by referee Cakir of Turkey as Portugal's Ronaldo reacts after being fouled during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (YVES HERMAN/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio makes a save during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Casillas makes save against Portugal during penalty shoot-out of Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio makes a save during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Pique scores a goal against Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio during penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas fails to save as Portugal's Pepe scores during the penalty shoot-out of their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Ramos scores a goal against Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio during penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring against Portugal during the penalty shoot-out of their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Nani scores a goal against Spain's goalkeeper Casillas during penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Alves fails to score during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Alves reacts after he fails to score during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Fabregas scores a decisive penalty during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Fabregas celebrates with goalkeeper Casillas after scoring the winning penalty goal against Portugal during the penalty shoot-out in their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Spain's players celebrate after defeating Portugal in Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after defeat to Spain in their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk (ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS) #
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Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio walks off the pitch as Spain's team celebrate their victory in the penalty shoot-out during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk (MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's players celebrate after defeating Portugal in Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk (CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS) #

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