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Monday 25 June 2012

Classy Spain too strong for France

Xabi Alonso scores both goals as Spanish set up semi-final against Portugal

  • Xabi Alonso's goals sealed the win in his 100th appearance for Spain

  • Spain had too much control for their French opponents in their Euro 2012 quarter-final

  • Even Franck Ribery was unable to fashion an opening against the impressive Spain team

Spain 2-0 France

Xabi Alonso scored twice on his 100th appearance for Spain as Vicente del Bosque's side proved too strong for France in their Euro 2012 quarter-final.

The former Liverpool midfielder headed in Jordi Alba's cross after 19 minutes to put the defending champions on their way.

And he slotted in a 91st-minute penalty to seal victory, following a clumsy foul on Pedro by Anthony Reveillere.

In truth, despite their narrow lead, Spain rarely looked like being beaten as they controlled possession for large periods of the match.

Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye forced a fine save from Spain keeper Iker Casillas with a 30-yard free-kick in the first half, but Laurent Blanc's side were second-best throughout.

Spain's win sets up a semi-final encounter against Portugal on Wednesday June 27th.

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Key Points

  • Xabi Alonso scores both goals as Spain beat France in Euro 2012 quarter-final
  • Former Liverpool man was making 100th appearance for Spain
  • Vicente del Bosque's side now face Portugal in the semi-final