The first semi-final of Euro 2012 takes place on Wednesday evening as Portugal and Spain go head to head for a place in the final, as Bet365 report puntes are attracted by the narrow 1-0 Spain win, with the betting firm refunding bets if the game finishes 0-0 after 90 minutes.
Both teams have performed well during the tournament so far and each will be hoping they can raise their game once again.
We have reached the business end of the competition and it is now getting very serious indeed.
Looking at Portugal to begin with, they will be very impressed that they have made it this far, especially when you consider that the opening game of the tournament saw them lose 1-0 to Germany.
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Since this defeat though, they progressed through the toughest group in the tournament and then in the quarter-finals, had just about enough to beat Czech Republic 1-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo is predictably their main man – he has scored three goals in the last two games – and he will need to be on his game against players he normally plays with or against in La Liga for Real Madrid.
As for Spain, well they have been fantastic once again. Perhaps only Germany can rival the vast amount of attacking options the reigning Champions have and during the 2-0 quarter-final win over France, they were professional to the maximum.
You get the feeling that they can get better and better too. Although they have been impressive so far, they haven’t quite hit the heights they are capable of. This will be a motivation for Spain and a worry for Portugal.
Overall, this should be a cracking encounter between two top European sides. Both like to play on the floor and although Spain are favourites, Portugal will know that they have enough to compete with them.
Much may depend on the form of Ronaldo once again as the Portuguese look to stop a Spain side that has improved with each performance at Euro 2012 so far.
This one gets underway at 7.45pm on Wednesday evening.
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