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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Euro 2012 semifinals: Spain, Portugal meet in battle of Iberian Peninsula

Iberian Peninsula neighbors Spain and Portugal meet Wednesday in the Euro 2012 semifinals. Defending champion Spain advanced with a 2-0 win over France in the quarterfinals, while Portugal is making its first semifinal appearance since 2004 (and fourth overall) after a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

The Associated Press previews the matchup, with Portugal needing another big game from Cristiano Ronaldo (three goals in his last two matches) and Spain relying more on a total team effort.

The AP’s John Leicester thinks this European Championship is the end of the era, with the tournament expanding to 24 teams in 2016.

From 101 Great Goals, here’s a video rundown of the last 10 or so years of the Spain-Portugal rivalry. The teams have met eight times since 1991 — including a 1-0 Portugal win at Euro 2004 and a 1-0 Spain victory at the 2010 World Cup — with each team winning twice and drawing four times.

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