Spain will be looking to reach their third consecutive major tournament final this week when they take on Portugal, as Paddy Power announce a free bets offer and report they will refund your bet should Ronaldo score the last goal of the game.
Its the first semi-final of Euro 2012 and promises to be a potential classic.
Fresh from winning Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, Spain are on course for a famous hat-trick and they will look to be even closer to their fantastic best on Wednesday evening.
So far in Euro 2012, Spain have been solid at times and fantastic at others. The performance against France in the quarter-final was arguably their best since arriving in Poland and Ukraine too, so they are continuing to improve.
Under the pressure of being the team to beat, they are remaining extremely professional too. The way Xabi Alonso calmly slotted home his penalty against the French summarised where this team is at quite nicely.
Now they will be looking to produce the same kind of performance against Portugal. With the team likely to be the same – unless they decide to bring in an out and out striker – Spain will be patient again and stick to what has been a successful game plan over the years.
As for Portugal, you may as well begin looking at them by talking about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man has found his form in this tournament with three goals in two games and this is a massive reason why his team are in the last four.
Aside from Ronaldo – who will be keen to defeat many of his La Liga team-mates and rivals on Wednesday – Portugal are a well organised outfit that play to their strengths. Creating plenty of chances, they adopt a positive mentality and will be in decent spirits ahead of this one.
In the end, it could come down to whether they take their chances. Getting the ball for significant periods is difficult against Spain and when Portugal – in particular Ronaldo – get possession, they need to make the most of it.
The reigning Champions are definitely favourites though and the neutrals will perhaps be after an early Portugal goal to throw the cat amongst the pigeons in this mouth watering semi-final tie.