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0 (2) vs 0 (4)
Played
June 27, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
Donbass Arena — Donets'k
Referee:‬ C. Çakιr‎
Attendance:‬ 48000‎
 
120+4′ (PSO) Pepe
Andrés Iniesta Luján 120+3′ (PSO)
120+6′ (PSO) Nani
Piqué 120+5′ (PSO)
 
Sergio Ramos 120+7′ (PSO)
 
Cesc Fàbregas 120+9′ (PSO)
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Portugal 0-0 Spain (2-4 on penalties)

Alves the fall guy as Fabregas and Casillas ensure La Rojas will defend their European title in Kiev

  • Rui Patricio
    179
    24
    3.00

    Rui Patricio

    Produced a terrific reflex save down to his left in extra time to deny Iniesta, but for all of Spain's possession and territorial advantage, no much was required of him other than to be competent at the basics. Saved well from Xabi Alonso in the shoot-out but couldn't get near any of the other penalties.

  • Bruno Alves
    101
    77
    3.00

    Bruno Alves

    The Porto tower of power is an absolute monster of a centre-half. Simply relished the physical challenged posed by Negredo. Unlucky to see his penalty smash against the crossbar.

  • Pepe
    236
    131
    3.50

    Pepe Top of the Match

    Utterly dominant and ultra classy. Managed to keep that notoriously short temper in check for all of 60 minutes until he nearly broke Alonso in two, a challenge for which he was rightly booked. Coolly rolled home his penalty.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    165
    47
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    A more elegant and athletic left-back than his opposite number Jordi Alba, but equally adventurous. As with most attacking left-backs, however, defensively he was found wanting on occasion, but used his speed to great effect in order to stop a near certain goal from Pedro in extra time.

  • João Pereira
    69
    50
    2.50

    João Pereira

    Was caught out on several occasions, as most footballers with blood running through their veins are, but never shirked his responsibilities and it was his industry that carved out half a chance for Ronaldo in the first-half. Booked for a cynical and potential goal saving foul on Fabregas.

  • Miguel Veloso
    77
    35
    3.00

    Miguel Veloso

    Perhaps hasn’t developed into the all-round, action man midfielder he threatened to be when he first broke through at Sporting but certainly looked anything but out of his depth in such illustrious company.

  • Joao Moutinho
    94
    40
    3.00

    Joao Moutinho

    Economical in possession, quick to press and a threat when he linked up in attack. Has enjoyed a real reputation enhancing tournament. A sad note to end on by missing in the shootout.

  • Raúl Meireles
    90
    42
    3.00

    Raúl Meireles

    Aggressive and authoritative in the early stages and did as much as anyone to knock Spain out of their formidable stride.

  • Nani
    113
    65
    3.00

    Nani

    Evaded challenges with the dexterous manoeuvres that are capable of delighting and frustrating in equal measure, but end product was not forthcoming. Was unfortunate that one spellbinding run was called off in its prime by a whistle happy referee. Scored in the shoot-out.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    285
    253
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    One electric early surge hinted at the trouble he was capable of causing. Of all the weapons he has at his disposal, speed was the one which troubled Spain the most. Was unlucky to see one first-half snap shot slip just wide but should have done better with an 87th minute effort which ended up in row Z, where most of free kicks went too.

  • Hugo Almeida
    41
    110
    1.50

    Hugo Almeida

    A brute of a forward, but unfortunately one with concrete in his boots. His power unsettled both Spanish centre-halves but that was offset by sluggish and predictable movement. Miles off target with three second-half efforts and was subbed 10 minutes short of the 90.

Substitutions

  • Custodio
    33
    51
    2.00

    Custodio

    Asked to shield the defence in the latter stages but found it hard to get to grips with the runners from deep.

  • Nélson Oliveira
    33
    57

    Nélson Oliveira

    Was asked to perform the same role as Almeida, who had worked his socks off despite his obvious limitations, but was nowhere near as involved.

  • Iker Casillas
    249
    21
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    Took one cross impressively off the head of Nani early on but was otherwise afforded a quiet night by Portugal's erratic shooting. Saved brilliantly from Moutinho in the shootout.

  • Piqué
    135
    62
    2.50

    Piqué

    Commanding in the air as ever but the partnership with Ramos looked anything but water tight. His forward forays were few and far between. Even when he did get the taste for it he was unusually inaccurate with his passing. Buried his penalty.

  • Sergio Ramos
    225
    48
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    For the first time in the tournament it could be said that Spain missed Carles Puyol. Struggled with Portugal’s fleet-footed attackers and was booked for one typically crass body check on Ronaldo. Took the Pirlo approach from the penalty spot.

  • Arbeloa
    96
    53
    2.50

    Arbeloa

    Detailed with the unenviable task of shadowing Ronaldo but still found time to get forward and missed a presentable early chance with a rising, side-footed effort.

  • Jordi Alba
    206
    39
    3.00

    Jordi Alba

    Given a real examination, for the first time in the tournament, by the lively Nani. Coped reasonably well, but to the detriment of his customary attacking instincts. Nearly eclipsed his Real Madrid team-mate Ronaldo with a thumping free-kick in extra time.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    243
    73
    2.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    As he has been throughout, the quiet man of Barcelona's stellar cast was Spain's brightest light. Inventive, menacing and always a goal threat. Stroked home his penalty.

  • Xavi
    116
    125
    2.00

    Xavi

    Neat, tidy and efficient as you would expect but he was crowded out to the extent that he was unable to exert his usual influence to the extent that he was subbed late in the game. A rare occurrence, indeed.

  • Xabi Alonso
    155
    61
    2.50

    Xabi Alonso

    The site of Real Madrid midfielder launching a 60-yard hoof down field, first time, under pressure from willing Portuguese chasers highlighted the lack of time he was afforded throughout. Not at his best but still produced a polished performance. Went the opposite way in the shootout as he did against France and missed.

  • Busquets
    163
    66
    3.00

    Busquets

    The play acting and feigning injury undoubtedly represent the ugly side of his game, but there has been little of that in this tournament. Subtle changes of direction and clever passing have been his mainstay. Long may it continue.

  • David Silva
    68
    125
    1.50

    David Silva

    The effects of gruelling Premier League season were offered as excuses for the poor performances of some one England’s leading lights. Certainly Silva’s exploits for Manchester City appear to have caught up with him. Unusually wasteful in possession and found it difficult to escape his marker.

  • Negredo
    53
    160
    1.50

    Negredo Flop of the Match

    The most surprising of surprise choices. The beast amid the beauty. Hardly surprising that he failed to trouble two of the most robust centre-halves in European football. Subbed shortly after half-time. Not a surprise.

Substitutions

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    214
    55
    3.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Linked the play more effectively than Negredo - it would have been hard not to have done - none more so than when he put Pedro away in extra time. Stroked home the winning penalty via the inside of the post.

  • Jesús Navas González
    118
    57
    2.50

    Jesús Navas González

    His pace and dynamism should have created far more problems for the Portuguese defence, but did force Patricio into one smart low stop.

  • Pedro
    208
    55
    3.00

    Pedro

    Had no centre forward to aim for when he got into rare crossing positions, but should have got a shot away when he was sent clear in on goal late in extra time. Had an impact in his time on the field, though

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