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Spain vs. Portugal: 10 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Semifinal
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Just as Andrea Pirlo’s Panenka penalty for Italy shook English hearts, so too did Sergio Ramos’ equally exquisite effort lead to Bruno Alves’ missed penalty against Spain.

Step up Cesc Fabregas, who smacks in Spain’s final penalty off Rui Patricio’s post.

All this after 120 minutes of tentative but flowing football.

In a match of interesting contradictions, Wednesday night’s Euro 2012 semifinal between Spain and Portugal served up some scrumptious counterattacking football, but yielded a combined total of just seven shots on target.

Spain march (or stutter) on to their third successive international final at the expense of Portugal, but what were the underlying storylines?

Here are 10 things we learned from the Spain-Portugal semifinal—and, as usual, feel free to have your say in the comments below.

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