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Extreme tension, joy and despair as Spain kicks Portugal out of Euro 2012

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Spanish fans react while watching the Euro 2012 semi-final match between Spain and Portugal on June 27, 2012 on a giant outdoor screen on Paseo de La Castellana in Madrid.

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Spain's Cesc Fabregas celebrates with his teammate, goalkeeper Iker Casillas, after Fabregas scored the decisive penalty in the shoot-out against Portugal in Donetsk, Ukraine in the early hours of June 28, 2012. "When I stepped up to take the penalty I said to the ball that we had to make history and that it shouldn't let me down," Fabregas said later.

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Fabregas, third right, and Casillas are engulfed by their team-mates at the conclusion of the shoot-out, which Spain won 4-2.

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A Portuguese fan sits dejected in the stadium after his team crashed out.

The Associated Press reports — Spain again failed to dazzle at the European Championship yet still advanced to its third straight major championship final, beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout Wednesday following a scoreless draw after extra time.

Cesc Fabregas, who came on as a substitute in the second half, scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier.

Spain will next face either Germany or Italy in the final on Sunday in Kiev. Read the full match report.

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