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BREAKING NEWS

Spain 2 France 0

A nineteen minute goal and a penalty in the closing stages, both from Xabi Alonso ensured that the right team will meet Portugal in the semi final.

To their credit, France were not outplayed by this Spanish side, however, they did not test their opponents either.

Instead, this France side simply allowed the game to drift in the hope of getting an equaliser and then forcing penalties.

It was a tactic that did not work and was not worthy of a team that had been tipped by many as pre-tournament favourites.