As we approach the final three matches of this summer’s European Championships, first up this Wednesday is a semifinal clash between heavyweights Spain and Portugal.
This fixture took place two years ago in the 2010 World Cup Round of 16, of course, when Spain knocked Portugal out en route to their title.
Two years hence, this is a Spain side that has become known for Vicente Del Bosque’s 4-6-0 formation and that hasn’t been firing on all cylinders all tournament. But their status as the reigning champions and also world champions grants them the title of the world’s best.
Paolo Bento has turned a Portugal side so disappointing under Carlos Queiroz into dark horses for the title this summer. Portugal have considerable strength in depth in the midfield and will look to pose a significant problem to the Spanish defence.
Now let’s look at five key battles that will take place in Donetsk’s Donbass Arena when Spain face Portugal in the Euro 2012 semifinals.