Portugal vs. Spain: Player Ratings for Spain in Euro 2012 Semifinal

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJune 27, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 27:  Cesc Fabregas of Spain celebrates scoring the winning penalty  during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match between Portugal and Spain at Donbass Arena on June 27, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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The first semifinal of Euro 2012 is over with Spain winning on penalty kicks, and here are the player ratings for the Spain side.

Portugal and Spain played out a somewhat dull semifinal game, with moments of quality mixed in with moments of scrappy play.

There were chances for both sides throughout the game, with Spain having a few of the more clear-cut ones.

Here are the player ratings for the Spanish players.


Iker Casillas, 6.5

Iker Casillas has even less to do than his opposite number as Portugal did not create many clear-cut chances.


Alvaro Arbeloa, 5.5

Arbeloa was caught out on the right side a few times and consistently fouled some of his opponents.


Gerard Pique, 6

Made one excellent tackle on Cristiano Ronaldo late in the game and was otherwise OK.


Sergio Ramos, 6

Body-checked his Real Madrid teammate during one moment of danger but was otherwise OK. Finished his penalty well.


Jordi Alba, 7.5

Jordi Alba dealt with the threat of Nani and even Cristiano Ronaldo when he came over to his side for a few minutes. He was a problem for the Portuguese on the attacking end.


Sergio Busquets. 6

Busquets put in his usual effective but unspectacular display.


Xabi Alonso, 6.5

Xabi Alonso was solid in possession for the most part but not overly effective.


Xavi, 5.5

Unable to influence the game as he usually does, Xavi still had his moments in possession but didn't really do anything threatening for his side.


David Silva, 5.5

David Silva did not seem up for it in this game, and it wasn't a surprise that he was one of the players substituted early on in the second half.


Andres Iniesta, 7

Iniesta was denied a goal in extra time and maybe fatigue led to him producing a weak shot. His dribbling skills were on full display and he was one of Spain's brightest players.


Alvaro Negredo, 5

Like the other powerful forward who started the match, Alvaro Negredo was not of much use to his team in this game.



Jesus Navas, 6.5

Navas again provided a threat on the break and in general with his pace. He almost produced another game-winning goal for his side.


Cesc Fabregas 6.5

Game-winning penalty aside, Cesc Fabregas helped his side keep more possession and was part of the reason why they were more effective in extra time.


Pedro, 6

It was another lively cameo from the Barcelona man and he proved a good substitution by Vicente Del Bosque. Should have gotten a shot off after a good run at the Portuguese defense.


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