Euro 2012: Cool Fabregas makes difference again for Spain


DONETSK - for perpetual replacement Cesc Fabregas has a habit of doing the match-winning contribution when it is most important in Spain.

His winning penalty against Portugal in Euro 2012 semi-final shootout on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) is added to the collection, which includes the creation of the winner in the 2010 World Cup final.

Italy, perhaps the opponents on Sunday (Monday, PHL-time) final, will be remembered for his winning penalty after coming off the bench in the quarter-finals at the last European Championship.

"I had a strange sense of punishment, and I thought about them today. What life has given me another chance like this is really incredible," said Fabregas after Spain win shootout 04.02.

"When I went to take a penalty, I said that the ball had to go down in history, and it should not let me down. They told me to take the first two, but I said I did not give me the fifth as I have a presentiment."

Fabregas faith "demonstrated in a better position than in Portugal, according to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo in reserve for the final penalty.

The most expensive player in the world and Euro 2012 joint top scorer ahead of Wednesday in the semifinals had to stand by and watch helplessly as the man in Barcelona put an end to the contest.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento overturned the criticism of his captain had not previously engaged in a firefight.

"Well, we had this plan, and if it would be 4-4, and he would take the last penalty, we will talk differently," he said at a news conference.

Another hero of Spain's Sergio Ramos was the one who followed the example of Andre Pirlo Italy against England in nervelessly dinking the ball gently over the goalkeeper.

This was all the braver one missed penalty in the Champions League semi-final Real Madrid on the Elimination of Bavaria just over a month ago.

"I had absolutely no doubt about it. I wanted to take, because I was always ready, and I wanted to prove it." - Reuters

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