In a tightly-contested and close game, neither side could break the deadlock in 120 minutes of play, and the match was decided from 12 yards.
After Xabi Alonso and Joao Moutinho had both missed their side’s first effort, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Pepe and Nani all scored, before Portuguese defender Bruno Alves saw his effort reverberate off the crossbar.
Cesc Fabregas stepped up to convert the crucial penalty, setting up a final against either Germany or Italy, and states that he asked to take the decisive fifth spot-kick.
“I had intuition and wanted the fifth penalty,” Sky Sports report him as saying.
“I told Toni Grande [Spanish assistant] I thought I could repeat that great moment.
“They told me initially to take the second one but I said no give me the fifth as I had this premonition.
“I played awful but the team has worked a lot and had the desire. I regret telling my family not to come. I’m very excited.
“I think I’ve talked to the ball I do not know what I said to the ball. I think I said to the ball that we had to make history and it shouldn’t let me down,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight