Spain advanced to its third straight major championship final, after beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout, after their Euro 2012 semi-final ended goalless after extra time on Wednesday.
World champions Spain, has become the first team, since Germany in the 1970s to reach three straight finals between the European Championship and World Cup.
After the game finished 0-0 following extra time, Cesc Fabregas swept home the winning spot-kick to give Spain a place in the finals.
Xabi Alonso and Joao Moutinho’s first attempt in the shootout was saved. Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos then all scored for Spain while Pepe and Nani converted for Portugal. Ronaldo, who did not take the penalty in the shoot out was slated to take the fifth one but Fabregas, who came on as a substitute for Spain in the second half of regulation time scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves had hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier.
Spain will play the winner of Italy vs. Germany on Sunday in the final of Euro 2012 as they hope to clinch an unprecedented Euro-World Cup-Euro trio of trophies.