Alonso sends Spain past France, into Euro 2012 semisJune 24th, 2012 - 5:44 am ICT by IANS
Donetsk, June 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Two goals from Xabi Alonso handed reigning champions Spain a 2-0 Euro 2012 quarterfinal victory over France Saturday, setting up a semifinal against Portugal.
Alonso celebrated his 100th appearance for Spain with a goal on 18 minutes, popping up unmarked at the back post to head Jordi Alba’s cross into the corner.
He sealed in with an injury-time penalty after substitute Pedro Rodriguez was felled in the box late on by Anthony Reveillere.
For a game packed with stars neither side produced much flair, the French coming closest with a Mathieu Debuchy header in the second half.
The Spaniards, retaining their tag as favourites to take a third-successive Euro title, remain in Donetsk for Wednesday’s semifinal.
France, the three-time champions, are eliminated from a competition in which they had hopes of far greater success.
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