Xabi Alonso double eases Spain into semis against a France side firing Blancs

Spain 2 – France 0 (Euro 2012 quarter-final, June 23, 2012) (Alternative highlights & Longer highlights.) In the fifth minute Cesc Fabregas was convinced Clichy had pushed him over for a penalty. Not given. the breakthrough came on 19, Iniesta set free Alba who crossed for Xabi Alonso to head in the opener on his 100th appearance for the Spanish national team. Just after the hour Hugo Lloris did well to come out and stop Cesc Fabregas following a fine Xavi ball. On 89, with France having offered almost nothing, Reveillere fouled Pedro after a fine step over and Xabi Alonso converted for 2-0.

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