Spain usually pass through teams but on this occasion, Portugal regularly won the ball back and forced mistakes. Spain weren't at their best for that reason but Portugal deserve most of the credit for stifling them.
Portugal had the better moments, and the better chances, at least during the 90 minutes. Cesc Fabregas coming on for Alvaro Negredo – who hasn't really been trusted by Vicente Del Bosque in this tournament – meant that Spain had more mobility up front, but he wasn't really a focal point. There were occasions where Iker Casillas kicked the ball long, and that very rarely happens in other games. It was a measure of how well Portugal were doing. They had good opportunities on the break, especially in the last five minutes of normal time. Joao Moutinho and Raul Meireles have got good engines, they can get about the pitch, while they always had that threat with Ronaldo and Nani.
Neil Murray is Rangers' head of scouting