Posted June 27, 2012 on AP on Fox
Far from its best, Spain still advanced to another major final on Wednesday, beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw at the European Championship. Cesc Fabregas, who came on as a substitute in the second half of regulation time, scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves had hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier. ''I played poorly, but the team worked really hard,'' Fabregas said. ''I had this intuition that we could advance if we went to penalties and that's what we did.'' Spain, seeking its third straight major trophy after claiming titles at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, will next face either Germany or Italy on Sunday in Kiev. ''Being in another final is a miracle,'' Fabregas said. ''It's really incredible.'' Cristiano Ronaldo had several chances for Portugal, but he sent three shots well over the bar as his team held its own for the entire match. The Real Madrid star, who came alive with three goals in his last two matches at the to...
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