Spain ease into Euro semis
XABI Alonso struck twice in his 100th international to lead Spain to a comfortable 2-0 win over a feeble France on Saturday and through to a Euro 2012 semi-final against Portugal.
It was an efficient and calm performance from a Spanish side that is chasing an unprecedented third major tournament victory after its Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 successes.
But it was a display which left most of the crowd at the Donbass Arena indifferent to its cautious pragmatism.
France coach Laurent Blanc's tactics of playing two right backs in a defensive line-up failed as Spanish left back Jordi Alba skipped through to the goal-line after 19 minutes and picked out an unmarked Alonso who headed firmly home at the far post.
The experienced midfielder coolly converted a penalty in stoppage time to give Vicente del Bosque's side the victory margin their dominance deserved.
Read the full match report at ABC news online.