SLICK SPAIN CRUISE INTO SEMIS

Posted on: Sat 23 Jun 2012

Fernando Torres was a second half substitute as Spain became the third team to qualify for the semi-finals of Euro 2012 with a 2-0 win over Florent Malouda's France.

Xavi Alonso scored a goal in each half, including a last-gasp penalty, as Vicente Del Bosque's side bolstered their bid to retain the trophy.

The Real Madrid midfielder headed them in front in the 19th minute from a David Silva cross, and while France enjoyed a brief spell of pressure midway through the second half, they never realistically looked like penetrating the Spanish back-four.

Torres replaced Cesc Fabregas just after the hour mark and had an effort well saved by Hugo Lloris shortly after, although replays showed that the striker was in an offside position.

Malouda started for the French but failed to make a significant impact, while Juan Mata was an unused substitute once again for Spain.

Alonso sealed the win by calmly dispatching a late spot-kick after Pedro Was brought down, and Spain will now face Portugal with a place in the final at stake.