x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Euro 2012: Fabregas hails spot kick miracle as Del Bosque calls for one last push

The Barcelona star admits firing Spain into another consecutive final is an emotional moment for the team, as manager Del Bosque looks to guide them to record-breaking victory.

Cesc Fabregas scores from the penalty spot to put Spain into the Euro 2012 final
Cesc Fabregas scores from the penalty spot to put Spain into the Euro 2012 final

Spain's penalty kick hero Cesc Fabregas has hailed their shoot-out win over Portugal as a "miracle" - while coach Vicente Del Bosque called for one last mighty effort as they look to make history at Euro 2012.

Victory in Sunday's final will make Spain the first country to win three consecutive international tournaments, following their Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 successes.

But the manager admitted his side will need to play better if they wish to ensure history is made by his team.

Substitute Fabregas slotted away the decisive spot-kick after Bruno Alves had struck the bar for Portugal as defending champions Spain claimed their place in the Euro 2012 final with a 4-2 win in the shoot-out.

The match finished goalless after extra time with chances few and far between, but Fabregas was still in celebratory mood.

"Being in another final is a miracle, it's very emotional," said the Barcelona midfielder.

Del Bosque praised his side's fighting spirit and looked ahead to Sunday's final against either Germany or Italy, saying: "The players have played so many matches and they have to show their best in one more."

Del Bosque added: "It was a very even match but maybe we were a little better in extra time.

"They looked a bit tired, but there were few chances before that. It wasn't easy to get through their defence.

"They were superior when it came to defence and we didn't have that many opportunities so it was very balanced. In extra time it was slightly different and we had lots of luck with the penalties.

"I would like to express my congratulations to Portugal because they played a great tournament, but we were luckier this time."

Del Bosque is aware his side will need to play better in the final, although he is not worried about who they will face in the showpiece.

"Portugal were in control today and both teams only had a few chances to score, so we have to improve on this," he said.

"The other semi-final will be a great match and whoever our opponent is in the final, that will also be a great match. But we don't care about who our opponents are."


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