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2153: Portugal again playing brightly and with no fear. They’re showing the Spanish little respect. Is it so difficult for other teams to learn this is how to win, even against mighty sides like Spain? Portugal pressing high, squeezing Spain. But Portugal cannot relax for one moment.

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2150: The second half’s underway. No change to either side.

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2135: You feel Del Bosque has to make some changes and consider Torres or Fabregas for the second half. The Spanish aren’t themselves tonight; the Portuguese are playing well and proving hard to break down. Ronaldo has been in and out of the game, though. Yet to live up to his performances in recent matches.

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2132: HALF-TIME: Portugal 0, Spain 0.

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2129: TrevorHuggins1: Wonder if Del Bosque is regretting not having Fabregas out there. Spain are just one final pass short of a picnic. (via Twitter)

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2127: Lovely chance for Silva but he finishes badly by trying to pass the ball into the net. Spain can be frustrating when they are pressured. Sergio Ramos picks up the first yellow card of the game when he deliberately blocks Ronaldo from completing a 1-2.

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2122: Ronaldo shoots from 18 yards and the ball passes inches wide of Casillas’ left post. Portugal playing with confidence and panache and keeping Spain defense-minded. Iniesta heads down the line with the ball. Assistant on the goal line says ball has crossed goal line. Replay shows it didn’t. They must get those decisions right.

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