Adil Rami of France battles with Pedro of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine.
Adil Rami of France battles with Pedro of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Alex Livesey - Getty Images)

Spain ease into Euro semis

XABI Alonso struck twice in his 100th international to lead Spain to a comfortable 2-0 win over a feeble France on Saturday and through to a Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal.

It was an efficient and calm performance from a Spanish side that is chasing an unprecedented third major tournament victory after its Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 successes.

But it was a display which left most of the crowd at the Donbass Arena indifferent to its cautious pragmatism.

France coach Laurent Blanc's tactics of playing two right backs in a defensive line-up failed as Spanish left back Jordi Alba skipped through to the goal-line after 19 minutes and picked out an unmarked Alonso who headed firmly home at the far post.

The experienced midfielder coolly converted a penalty in stoppage time to give Vicente del Bosque's side the victory margin their dominance deserved.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.


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