Spain remain on track to defend their European title after a 2-0 win over France in their Euro 2012 quarter-final on Saturday.A brace from Xabi Alonso was all that separated the two teams at Donbass Arena as Spain booked a meeting with Portugal in the last four.
Vicente del Bosque again started with Cesc Fabregas as his striker, and the Barcelona midfielder had an early penalty shout turned down.
As expected, Spain dominated the opening exchanges, and they took a 19th-minute lead through Alonso, who earned his 100th international cap.
Andres Iniesta found space and played Jordi Alba in behind down the left, and the Valencia full-back composed before picking out the unmarked Alonso at the back post.
Alonso made no mistake with his header, putting his effort across France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and into the bottom corner.
It took France until after the break to get into the encounter and put pressure on the reigning world and European champions, but they struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Spain sealed the win in the first minute of additional time as Alonso stepped up to convert a penalty after Anthony Reveillere brought down substitute Pedro.
Alonso sent Lloris the wrong way to complete his brace and give Spain a deserved win.