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Cesc wanted Spain's fifth penalty

Spain coach ready for Germany or Italy in final

ESPN staff

Vicente Del Bosque has revealed that Cesc Fabregas pleaded to take the fifth penalty in Spain's shootout win over Portugal.

Spain booked their place in the final of Euro 2012 on penalties, after 120 minutes of action failed to bring a goal.

Del Bosque's side claimed the win despite missing their first penalty, with Fabregas slotting home the fifth effort.

Much was made of Cristiano Ronaldo's failure to take a penalty, as he had elected to take the fifth but never got the chance due to earlier misses. But it would have been a similar story for Spain had the roles been reversed as all five of their penalty takers wanted the responsibility of the fifth strike.

"All five penalty-takers offered to take the last one," Del Bosque said. "Cesc told me he wanted to take the fifth one to be able to take the winner; they all wanted to. Sergio Ramos knew that Rui Patricio would go to one side for all the penalties and that's why he decided to do what [Andrea] Pirlo did in the previous match."

Italy or Germany lie in wait to face Spain and Del Bosque is relaxed about who their opponents will be in the final.

He said: "The other semi-final will be a top game and whoever our opponents are, the final will be a great match. But we don't care who our opponents are."



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