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Euro 2012

Classy Spain to strong for France – Euro 2012 Quarter Finals

Xabi Alonso scored twice on his 100th appearance for Spain as Vicente del Bosque’s side proved too strong for France in their Euro 2012 quarter-final.

The former Liverpool midfielder headed in Jordi Alba’s cross after 19 minutes to put the defending champions on their way.

And he slotted in a 91st-minute penalty to seal victory, following a clumsy foul on Pedro by Anthony Reveillere.

Alonso scores a late penalty to secure a 2-0 win

In truth, despite their narrow lead, Spain rarely looked like being beaten as they controlled possession for large periods of the match.

Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye forced a fine save from Spain keeper Iker Casillas with a 30-yard free-kick in the first half, but Laurent Blanc’s side were second-best throughout.

Spain’s win sets up a semi-final encounter against Portugal on Wednesday June 27th.