Spanish Victory; Portuguese Misery - Page 2
It was thirty minutes past midnight local time when it all came down to the nail biting tension edge of the seat stuff that is the cruel spectacle of penalties. The first two were saved in spectacular fashion and one wondered if there was ever going to be a ball in the back of the net. All due credit must go to both keepers, Rui Patricio for Portugal and Iker Casillas on the Spanish team for keeping out those shots.
Andres Iniesta slotted Spain in front, but only for a few moments before Pepe put Portugal level. Gerard Pique a Spanish defender then slotted his shot into the bottom left hand corner. Promptly me followed by super striker Nani for Portugal whose cool delivery hammered home. The net greeted Spain’s Sergio Ramos shot and tension raise up a notch as Alves hesitantly walked up for his attempt, which hit the woodwork and bounced away. It all came down to Spain’s Cese Fabregas, his penalty would either prolong the agony or send the Spanish singing all the way to the final. The singing started instantly and rings out all over Donestk and the Spanish mainland as his power shot ringed in off the left side post and crushed the dreams of Portugal, denying Ronaldo from even having a shot.
I couldn’t help but feel Spain were rather lucky to get away with a win on the night as Portugal performed beyond expectations for the majority of the time, perhaps a fact testified by the nil nil score line at the end of time and extra time. However when it comes to a penalty shoot-out the end result is down to 50 per cent skill and 50 per cent luck and Spain’s lucky stars were shining at it is they that head to Kiev for the final on Sunday.