Today was no different as Spain moved to the finals after out scoring Portugal in the dreaded penalty kicks.
Honesty, Portugal was the better team throughout the match. Plain and simple. And as a La Roja supporter since I was born, I know that we didn’t deserve to win the way we did.
The first half was all Portugal as they beat Spain at their own game, with 44% possession and brilliant opportunities. Pepe and Bruno Alves were astounding on the Portuguese backline with continuity and fluidity. Rui Patricio was even better in the net this match.
The only question that lingers is why did Paulo Bento leave Cristiano Ronaldo last in the line to take penalties? Had he been first, things could have turned out differently.
To those who said that the Portuguese wouldn’t make it out of the group stage, re-evaluate your thinking. Portugal is definitely an underdog, but they show more passion and play exciting football and there’s no doubt that this is the beginning of an era for them.
As for Spain, they were showing some tiredness in the first half. They found their stride in the PKs, especially Sergio Ramos, who had a very Pirlo-esque penalty, making him the Man of the Match.
A lot of controversy was surrounding La Roja these past few weeks with the deductions made by coach Vicente del Bosque.
Who will be the striker? Will there even be a striker? What about Fernando Llorente? The Athletic Bilbao striker is by far the best that the Spanish National Team has, yet he has seen ZERO minutes so far in the tournament.
Something tells me this was all part of VDB’s master plan, keep the Lion tamed until we reach the final, then let him loose to wreak havoc. Well, I hope that’s the reason because Spain really need to change their play if they are forced to face Germany.
La Roja have always been great at football, thanks to this generation, however we lack exciting football. We need change.
Tomorrow Germany play Italy at 2:45pm ET. The winner will face Spain in the final on Sunday.
Until then, may the best team win!
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Photos courtesy of UEFA.com.