EURO 2012: Defending champs book final place

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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 last night.

Fabregas fired his shot in off the post to send Spain, the reigning European and World champions through after Bruno Alves had hit the bar for Portugal.

Earlier, Cristiano Ronaldo had missed a good chance to put Portugal through in the last minute of normal time.

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

Andres Iniesta, Pepe, Gerald Pique, Nani and Sergio Ramos all put away their penalties before Bruno 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. They will face Germany or Italy, who lock horns tonight, in the final in Kiev on Sunday.

Bert van Marwijk has stepped down as Holland coach following their poor showing at Euro 2012.