- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Portugal plays Spain in the first semifinal of the European Championship in Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday. Here’s the running account of the action and pre-match buildup. All times are local to Poland.

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2100: Two minutes later Iniesta breaks through again but shoots over. Ronaldo’s been somewhat on the periphery of the game until now but he’s just burst down the left and put in a cross but his final ball is a little heavy and Casillas comfortably collects. It’s 0-0 _ but an entertaining 0-0.

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2056: There’s not much space out there but you can count on Iniesta to find some. He dribbles through the Portuguese defense before setting up Arbeloa who blazes over the bar.

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2049: Casillas has to tip over the bar from a corner as Portugal makes a bright start, pinning the Spanish back in their own area. Spain not being allowed to have things their own way as Portugal closes down quickly, harrassing the Iberian neighbours.

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2045: And the Spanish, in red, get the game underway.

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2005: Another gamble by Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque. He’s chosen Alvaro Negredo to lead Spain’s attack, relegating both Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres to the bench. Negredo has played only five minutes so far in a group win over Croatia. His inclusion means Spain’s coach has foregone the unorthodox 4-6-0 formation and opted instead for a traditional striker. Spain’s lineup is otherwise unchanged from the 2-0 quarterfinal win over France, while Portugal has made one change with striker Hugo Almeida replacing the injured Helder Postiga in attack. The winner will play either Germany or Italy in the final in Kiev on Sunday.

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2000: Tonight’s lineups:

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Joao Pereira, Pepe, Joao Moutinho, Raul Meireles, Nani, Miguel Veloso, Hugo Almeida, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spain: Iker Casillas, Jordi Alba, Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Xavi, Alvaro Negredo.

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