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Extreme tension, joy and despair as Spain kicks Portugal out of Euro 2012

Fabregas, third right, and Casillas are engulfed by their team-mates at the conclusion of the shoot-out, which Spain won 4-2.Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

The Associated Press reports — Spain again failed to dazzle at the European Championship yet still advanced to its third straight major championship final, beating Portugal 4-2 in a penalty shootout Wednesday following a scoreless draw after extra time.

Cesc Fabregas, who came on as a substitute in the second half, scored the deciding penalty after Bruno Alves hit the crossbar for Portugal moments earlier.

Spain will next face either Germany or Italy in the final on Sunday in Kiev. Read the full match report.

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