Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner against Czech Republic. Picture: AP/dailytelegraph.com.au
Portugal and Spain do battle in Donetsk on Thursday morning (AEST) with a berth in the Euro 2012 final at stake. Portugal defeated Czech Republic 1-0 in the quarter-finals with skipper Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner to take his tally to three goals in the past two matches. After scoring 46 goals for Real Madrid in just 38 matches during the league season, Ronaldo has continued his fine form to be the joint top scorer at the European championships. Following an opening game defeat to Germany, Paulo Bento's side have recording consecutive wins over Denmark, Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Spain, the reigning world and European champion, are yet to lose a match at the tournament and come into this game off the back of a 2-0 success over France. They drew their opening match with Italy 1-1 but have since gone on to record wins over Ireland, Croatia and France without conceding a goal. While coach Vicente del Bosque has started two of his sides four matches without a recognised striker, Cesc Fabregas has led the line, although Fernando Torres may earn a recall at the expense of the former Arsenal skipper against Portugal.
The last competitive meeting between these sides was at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa where Spain defeated their neighbours 1-0 in the round of sixteen, with the sides only separated a by a second half David Villa strike.
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