An old football rivalry was ignited last night during the first semi final of Euro 2012. Spain versus Portugal should always deliver a good game, but this one disappointed for large parts. Both teams were on level terms when it came to tactics, drive and passion, but scoring chances were far and few between. After 90 minutes it was still 0-0 and the crowd and television were subjected to another 30 minutes of boring football. However, in those 30 minutes tiredness and urgency came into the game and it became more interesting and a lot nastier. Nine yellow cards but no goals later the players started their penalty shoot out. In the end Spain won and will play the final against either Italy or Germany.

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

A fan of Portugal grimaces in the centre of Donetsk. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Fansof Spain's soccer team with their faces painted in colors of national flag cheer before Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

A fan of Portugal cheers before the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

A Spain's fan cheers before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's and Spain's players stand during the national anthem ceremony before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's players pose for a team photo before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's players pose for a team photo before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Pique challenges Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Coentrao is challenged by Spain's Silva during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Arbeloa misses a chance to score against Portugal during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Arbeloa reacts after missing chance to score against Portugal during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's goalkeeper Casillas makes a save next to team mate Iniesta and Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Alonso controls ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Arbeloa challenges Portugal's Coentrao during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Meireles jumps for the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Pique challenges Portugal's Moutinho during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Ronaldo reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Moutinho challenges Spain's Pique during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Pique collides with team mate Arbeloa during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Pepe reacts during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Negredo and Portugal's Alves jump for header during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Match referee Ongun of Turkey shows a yellow card to Spain's Ramos during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Nani reacts as he lies on ground during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's coach Bento controls the ball next to Spain's Arbeloa during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Jordi Alba and Portugal's Nani fight for the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Pepe argues with the line referee during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Alonso is challenged by Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Negredo leaves the pitch as being substituted by Spain's Fabregas during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donets. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Match referee Cakir of Turkey shows a yellow card to Portugal's Pepe during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks at the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Pereira challenges Spain's Fabregas during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Sergio Ramos challenges Portugal's Nani during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Ronaldo concentrates before free-kick during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk . JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Ronaldo looks on as Spain's Arbeloa receives a yellow card by referee Cakir of Turkey during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk . YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Valdes jumps over Portugal's Coentrao during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas holds the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Alves and Pepe argue with Spain's Pique surrounded by their team mates during a break at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Alvaro Arbeloa receives a yellow card during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Rodriguez lies on pitch after tackle during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal in Donetsk . MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

A soccer fan reacts during the the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Spain and Portugal at the fan zone in Kiev. ANATOLII STEPANOV/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Iniesta reacts after missing chance to score against Portugal during Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Alvaro Arbeloa falls down in front of Portugal's Nelson Oliveira during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio reacts during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Alonso receives a yellow card by referee Cakir of Turkey as Portugal's Ronaldo reacts after being fouled during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo encourages goalkeeper Rui Patricio before the penalty shoot-out of their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio makes a save during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's goalkeeper Casillas makes save against Portugal during penalty shoot-out of Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio makes a save during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Pique scores a goal against Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio during penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas fails to save as Portugal's Pepe scores during the penalty shoot-out of their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Ramos scores a goal against Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio during penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring against Portugal during the penalty shoot-out of their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Nani scores a goal against Spain's goalkeeper Casillas during penalty shoot-out at their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. DARREN STAPLES/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Alves fails to score during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Alves reacts after he fails to score during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Fabregas scores a decisive penalty during penalty shoot-out of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's Fabregas celebrates with goalkeeper Casillas after scoring the winning penalty goal against Portugal during the penalty shoot-out in their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's players celebrate after defeating Portugal in Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . EDDIE KEOGH/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's players celebreate winning their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Portugal at Donbass Arena in Donetsk. YVES HERMAN/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after defeat to Spain in their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Spain in Donetsk . ALESSANDRO BIANCHI/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Portugal's goalkeeper Patricio walks off the pitch as Spain's team celebrate their victory in the penalty shoot-out during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS

Euro 2012 Semi Final: Spain - Portugal

Spain's players celebrate after defeating Portugal in Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Donetsk . CHARLES PLATIAU/REUTERS

Jun 28, 2012