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Spain Vs. Portugal UEFA Euro 2012 Open Thread: Fraticide Duel

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 26:  Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during a Portugal training session ahead of UEFA Euro 2012 Semi-Final 2012 at Donbass Arena on June 26, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 26: Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during a Portugal training session ahead of UEFA Euro 2012 Semi-Final 2012 at Donbass Arena on June 26, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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In tonight's UEFA Eurocup first Semifinals game, Pepe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Coentrao will be playing against their Real Madrid teammates Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos and Raúl Albiol (expected to be on the bench). It looks as if Portugal's way of playing football could hurt Spain more than what France did. Paulo Bento's team knows how to play without the ball while Blanc's France clearly needed it to be comfortable.

Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo will be a big challenge to Jordi Alba and Arbeloa. But Coentrao and Pepe will surely have a lot of work to do against the Spanish offensive line. Pepe has been the best Center back in the tournament and will try to confirm this status tonight. It's clear that if Portugal wants to have a chance to win the tournament against Germany or Italy, they will need to be very focused on the defensive part of the game in this Semifinals.

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