Euro 2012 Semi Finals: Players to Watch in Epic Spain vs. Portugal Match

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJune 27, 2012

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 29:  Iker Casillas of Spain defends an attack by Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Spain and Portugal at Green Point Stadium on June 29, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Wednesday’s all Iberian battle between the Spanish and Portuguese national teams will determine which side advances to the finals of Euro 2012.

It’s going to be an epic match that is set to feature a number of superstars on two of the best international outfits in soccer.

Let’s take a look at which players you must keep an eye on when they are on the pitch, as if it would be hard to miss them.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo has been absolutely lighting it up with three goals over the past two games in this tournament. He’s definitely shaken the gorilla off his back and proved that he can play with excellent form at the international level and is not just a thrilling scorer at Real Madrid.

The captain is going to have to carry his side once again, especially against an overwhelmingly solid Spanish group.

If he can somehow manage to score some goals and lead the Portuguese to victory, Ronaldo will cement his status as a legend in the country.

 

Fernando Torres/Cesc Fabregas

It doesn’t matter who starts and who comes off the bench, as both will have to produce as the No. 9 in Spain’s lineup.

That hasn’t been a problem so far, with each player notching two goals in the tournament and leading their side down a relatively easy path to the semis.

However, if neither striker can get anything going against Portugal, it will be tough for Spain to repeat as Euro champions.

 

Rui Patricio

L'VIV, UKRAINE - JUNE 13:   Rui Patrício of Portugal in action during the UEFA EURO 2012 group B match between Denmark and Portugal at Arena Lviv on June 13, 2012 in L'viv, Ukraine.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The 24-year-old goalkeeper is going to be seeing a lot of shots coming his way via the Spaniards. How he deals with them will be of crucial importance.

Should Patricio fail to make the stops he is capable of, there is surely no chance Portugal will advance.

If he is able to make some brilliant saves, who knows how far this side can go.