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

View Photo Gallery: Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, will challenge Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the Euro 2012 semifinals.

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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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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