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Euro 2012: Portugal 0 Spain 0 (aet, 2-4 on pens)

Portugal 0 Spain 0 (aet, 2-4 on pens): Fabregas hits winning spot-kick as holders squeeze through to final

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21:48 GMT, 27 June 2012

Cesc Fabregas converted the decisive spot-kick as Spain reached the final of Euro 2012 after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out victory over Portugal in Donetsk.

Fabregas fired his shot in off the post to send Spain through after Bruno Alves had hit the bar for Portugal.

Job done: Spain's players go wild as Fabregas slots the winning penalty

Job done: Spain's players go wild as Fabregas slots the winning penalty

Job done: Spain's players go wild as Fabregas slots the winning penalty
MATCH FACTS

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Joao Pereira, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao; Meireles (Varela 113), Veloso (Custodio 106), Joao Moutinho; Nani, Almeida (Nelson Oliveira 81), Ronaldo.

Subs not used: Eduardo, Quaresma, Ricardo Costa, Rolando, Ruben Micael, Miguel Lopes, Hugo Viana, Postiga, Beto.

Booked: Fabio Coentrao, Pepe, Joao Pereira, Bruno Alves, Veloso.

Spain: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Alonso; Silva (Jesus Navas 60), Xavi (Pedro 87), Iniesta; Negredo (Fabregas 54).

Subs not used: Valdes, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Torres, Mata, Llorente, Santi Cazorla, Reina.

Booked: Sergio Ramos, Busquets, Arbeloa, Alonso.

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey)

Attendance: 51,500.

Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo had missed a
good chance to put Portugal through in the last minute of normal time
while Portugal keeper Rui Patricio made superb saves to deny Jesus Navas
and Andres Iniesta in extra-time.

The Spaniards had started better, and ought to have gone ahead from
their first chance in the ninth minute when Manuel Negredo pulled the
ball back for Alvaro Arbeloa to fire over the bar from the edge of the
box.

Andres Iniesta blazed over from long range a minute later, but Portugal
threatened in the 13th minute through Ronaldo, who beat Gerard Pique
down the left before crossing towards Nani, with Iker Casillas jumping
to make a crucial interception.

Paulo Bento's men had clearly wrested the upper hand, suffocating the
Spanish midfield and worrying their opponents through the persistent
threat of Ronaldo and Nani up front.

But Spain still almost contrived the grab the lead against the run of
play in the 29th minute, when Xavi's clever ball found Iniesta on the
edge of the box, who rolled the ball onto his right foot before floating
a shot inches over Rui Patricio's goal.

Leading the way: Portugal captain Ronaldo organises his side

Leading the way: Portugal captain Ronaldo organises his side

Within two minutes, Portugal had responded with an even better chance,
Joao Moutinho's persistence paying off on the edge of the box as he set
free Ronaldo to drill a low shot just wide of Casillas left hand post.

Putting the boot in: Nani challenges Xabi Alonso

Putting the boot in: Nani challenges Xabi Alonso

Portugal's control continued into the second half, with Nani almost
picking out the head of Hugo Almeida from a dangerous right wing cross,
and it proved enough for Vicente Del Bosque, who replaced Negredo with
Fabregas up front.

Almeida wasted a good chance in the 58th minute when he fired
ambitiously over the Spanish bar instead of picking out Ronaldo or Nani,
who were unmarked to his left and right respectively.

Centre of attention: Ronaldo was excellent in the first half

Centre of attention: Ronaldo was excellent in the first half but fell away in the second

Centre of attention: Ronaldo was excellent in the first half

Belatedly, Spain started to show signs of stirring, Xabi drilling a shot
straight at Patricio from long range, but despite beginning to edge
possession, chances continued to be few and far between.

Ronaldo, still terrorising the Spanish defenders at every opportunity,
fired a free-kick just over from 30 yards, but a game that had started
brightly drifted into a dull spell in which neither side could serve up
much of a threat.

Rolling back the years: Portugal boss Paulo Bento juggles the ball on the sidelines

Rolling back the years: Portugal boss Paulo Bento juggles the ball on the sidelines

Then came a glorious chance for Ronaldo in the last minute of normal
time, when a Portuguese counter-attack saw Raul Meireles feed the Real
Madrid man who fired over the bar from the left side of the box.

The introduction of Pedro lent some urgency to the Spanish attack in
extra-time, and his run set up a chance for Iniesta in the seventh
minute of the extra half hour, but his low shot was blocked in the box.

Midfield maestro: Iniesta gets away from Joao Pereira

Midfield maestro: Iniesta gets away from Joao Pereira

The Portuguese were plainly tiring, and Spain had an even better chance
in the 104th minute, when Jordi Alba's cross found Iniesta in front of
goal but Patricio managed to flap his shot wide from six yards.

Sergio Ramos slammed a long-range free-kick just over the bar before the
end of the first period of extra-time, and Ramos was soon in critical
action at the other end when cutting out a Fabio Coentrao ball meant for
Ronaldo.

Highly-charged: Pepe remonstrates with the linesman

Highly-charged: Pepe remonstrates with the linesman

Substitute Jesus Navas was next to get the chance to break the deadlock
in the 22nd minute of extra-time, picking up a ball from Arbeloa in the
box and hitting a shot which Patricio did well to save down low.

As Spain kept pressing, Pedro briefly burst clear before being caught by
Fabio Coentrao, but by then there was a certain inevitability about a
match that promised much but offered little heading to penalties.

Glorious chance: Rui Patricio saves from Iniesta from point-blank range

Glorious chance: Rui Patricio saves from Iniesta from point-blank range

Alonso had the first spot-kick saved by Patricio but Casillas evened
things up by saving the first Portuguese penalty from Moutinho.

Iniesta, Pepe, Pique, Nani and Sergio Ramos all put away their penalties
before Alves – who had inadvertently stepped up for the previous
penalty which was eventually converted by Nani – hit the bar, leaving
Fabregas to put Spain through.

Key moments: Ramos (above) celebrates his cheeky penalty before Bruno Alves misses for Portugal

Key moments: Ramos (above) celebrates his cheeky penalty before Bruno Alves (below) misses for Portugal

Key moments: Ramos (above) celebrates his cheeky penalty before Bruno Alves (below) misses for Portugal

On the way to Kiev: Spain scraped through by the skin of their teeth

On the way to Kiev: Spain scraped through by the skin of their teeth

Sunderland set to make fresh bid for Kevin Davies

O'Neill ready to test Bolton's resolve with fresh bid for striker Davies

Sunderland will make an improved offer for Kevin Davies after Bolton rejected their initial 250,000 bid.

Sportsmail revealed Sunderland's interest in the 34-year-old last week and manager Martin O'Neill said: 'We have have made an offer to Bolton for him, and that has been rejected at the moment.

Wanted man: Sunderland are ready to make a fresh bid for Kevin Davies

Wanted man: Sunderland are ready to make a fresh bid for Kevin Davies

'We will see where we stand later on. We would have to organise something with Bolton first of all and at the moment, we seem to be apart in those aspects. But perhaps later on, I might have a better idea.'

O'Neill has an interest in Werder Bremen's Hugo Almeida and is considering loan options to cover injuries in defence and midfield.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has been told he can go out on loan.

Loan star Keiren Westwood has been told he can go out on loan

Loan star Keiren Westwood has been told he can go out on loan

Bolton offer 5m for Wilfried Zaha

Bolton offer 5m for Zaha but Palace eye double for Liverpool and Newcastle target

Bolton have made an official approach for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha.

Manager Owen Coyle has money to spend following the sale of Gary Cahill to Chelsea and is willing to put 5million down on a deal for Crystal Palace youngster.

Newcastle and Liverpool have both shown interest in the England U21 international but were put off by Palace asking 10million so Coyle may face a difficult task persuading the 19-year-old and his club but he has a good reputation for bringing the best out of young talent.

On the move Crystal Palace's prized asset Wilfried Zaha (right)

On the move Crystal Palace's prized asset Wilfried Zaha (right)

Coyle has been rebuffed in an approach for Blackpool winger Matt Phillips – receiving the same answer as Cardiff were given a few days earlier.

Coyle may also earn cash from the sale of Kevin Davies with Sunderland still keen on the 34-year-old.

However, Portugal international Hugo Almeida has emerged as Martin O'Neill's alternative choice if he is unable to prise Davies out of Bolton.

In demand: Kevin Davies (right) could be on his way to Sunderland

In demand: Kevin Davies (right) could be on his way to Sunderland

Almeida, 27, is available on loan from Besiktas, subject to a permanent 3m deal.

O'Neill said: 'It'd be nice just to bring in somebody but we won't be spending millions.'

Meanwhile, Mario Balotelli's younger brother Enoch has left Sunderland after an unsuccessful trial.

London 2012 Olympics: Chris Hoy will ride in Revolution Manchester event ahead of Track World Cup

Hoy gets back in the saddle with first event of Olympic year

Sir Chris Hoy will take part in his first competition of the Olympic year when he rides in the Revolution event in Manchester on January 28.

Hoy, who won three Olympic titles in Beijing in 2008, will step up preparations for February's Track World Cup in London – a competition which doubles as the Olympic test event – and April's Track Cycling World Championship's in Melbourne.

'The Revolution will be a good
opportunity to race and test our form a few weeks ahead of the London
World Cup,' the 35-year-old Scot said.

'We've been out in Perth in Australia on
a long training camp and it is always good to get back to racing and
see how the hard work has paid off.

In gear: Sir Chris Hoy is getting ready for a big year

In gear: Sir Chris Hoy is getting ready for a big year

Gold: Hoy enjoyed a very successful 2008 Olympics

Gold: Hoy enjoyed a very successful 2008 Olympics

'Revolution is a special event with a fantastic home crowd so we always want to perform at our best.

'There's a strong sprint line-up and I'm looking forward to the challenge.'

Hoy
will compete against British team-mates Matt Crampton, Ross Edgar and
Jason Kenny, who was last week crowned world champion after France's
Gregory Bauge was stripped of his title.

Bauge's
compatriots Mickael Bourgain, Michael D'Almeida and Quentin Lafargue
will also be riding at Revolution, as will young Britons David Daniell,
Pete Mitchell and Philip Hindes.

Pulis won"t take further action against Besiktas after alleged pelting of Fuller and Pennant

“We”re Stoke and we don”t complain”: Pulis won”t take action against Besiktas after fans pelt Fuller and Pennant

Stoke City manager Tony Pulis insisted his side would not report Besiktas to UEFA after their unbeaten Europa League campaign was ended in a stormy clash.

Ricardo Fuller and Jermaine Pennant complained that the raucous Istanbul crowd had thrown missiles at them during the match but Pulis said: “We won”t be complaining to anyone. We”re Stoke and we don”t complain.

“Hopefully we”ll have benefited from all this.”

Crowd trouble: Ricardo Fuller holds a lighter thrown at him after his opener

Crowd trouble: Ricardo Fuller holds a lighter thrown at him after his opener

Stoke had left most of their first-team squad at home having already qualified for the last 32.

Fuller gave them a shock lead after 29 minutes when his deflected shot flew past Rustu Recber but the visitors had goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to thank for a string of superb saves before that.

Target: Besiktas fans appear to hurl objects at Pennant

Target: Besiktas fans appear to hurl objects at Pennant

Fuller had produced a lighter thrown at him after scoring, and the referee spoke to the home bench nine minutes into the second half when Pennant, waiting to take a corner, was also pelted by missiles by the crowd.

Besiktas drew level just before the hour as Matthew Upson fouled Hugo Almeida in the box with the Portuguesethrough on goal. Upson was sent off and Manuel Fernandes slotted past Begovic from the spot.

Not the type to complain: Pulis

Not the type to complain: Pulis

Fifteenminutes later Mustafa Pektemek headed the hosts ahead and their place at the top of the group was confirmed when Edu”s vicious cross shot crashed into the net with eight minutes left.

Pennantsaid: “I was getting pelted with everything… lighters, coins, I was thinking of picking one up and putting it in my sock! I”ve played here before so I know what the atmosphere”s like.”

Enjoying the atmosphere: Stoke fans travelled to Turkey en masse

Enjoying the atmosphere: Stoke fans travelled to Turkey en masse

Besiktas 3 Stoke 1: Potters knocked off top spot in Europa League Group E

Besiktas 3 Stoke 1: Potters knocked off top spot after Upson sees red in Istanbul

Stoke”s second string crashed to a defeat in the cacophonous Inonu Stadium that saw Tony Pulis”s side relinquish top spot in Europa League Group E to their conquerors, Besiktas.

The Potters had already qualified for the Europa League knockout stages before tonight, but their much-changed side looked up for a daunting task in Istanbul when Ricardo Fuller handed them the lead after 29 minutes with a wickedly deflected shot.

The home side were always the more threatening but were unable to force an equaliser. But the game changed when Matthew Upson was sent off for bringing down Hugo Almeida when clean through in the penalty area.

Manuel Fernandes scored the resulting penalty and from then on the result appeared a foregone conclusion as Mustafa Pektemek headed in from a corner and then subsistute Edu blasted home a brilliant third.

More to follow.

Game-changing: Matthew Upson (left) fouls Hugo Almeida (right) to concede a penalty

Game-changing: Matthew Upson (left) fouls Hugo Almeida (right) to concede a penalty

Turkish delight: Manuel Fernandes (centre) celebrates with Necip Uysal (right) and Mustafa Pektemek

Turkish delight: Manuel Fernandes (centre) celebrates with Necip Uysal (right) and Mustafa Pektemek

Turkish delight: Ricardo Fuller (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opener in Istanbul

Turkish delight: Ricardo Fuller (right) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the opener in Istanbul

Pulling the trigger: Fuller fires in a deflected shot to put the Potters into the lead

Pulling the trigger: Fuller fires in a deflected shot to put the Potters into the lead

Masked ball: Salif Diao (right) battles for the ball as Veli Kavlak goes down on top of it

Masked ball: Salif Diao (right) battles for the ball as Veli Kavlak goes down on top of it

On the charge: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson (right) flies past Egemen Korkmaz

On the charge: Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson (right) flies past Egemen Korkmaz

MATCH FACTS

Besiktas: Recber, Hilbert, Sivok, Korkmaz, Koybasi, Ernst, Uysal, Holosko, Fernandes, Kavlak, Almeida.

Subs not used: Gonen, Toraman, Pektemek, Dag, Julio Alves, Sidnei, De Oliveira.

Goals: Fernandes, Pektemek, Edu

Booked: Hilbert

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Upson, Diao, Higginbotham, Delap, Palacios, Arismendi, Jones, Jerome, Fuller.

Booked: Begovic, Fuller

Sent off: Upson

Subs not used: Nash, Pennant, Clarkson, Dawson.

Scorer: Fuller 29.

Referee: Marcin Borski (Poland).