England, France Look To Go Through

(DONETSK, UKRAINE) – Defending champions Spain must reverse an anomaly of history when they take on France in their UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final in Donetsk. Spain have never beaten their neighbours in a competitive fixture which holds only unhappy memories for them, not least UEFA European Championship defeats in the 1984 final and then the 2000 quarter-finals, when Laurent Blanc was in the France team.

Group D runners-up France were the last side to eliminate Spain from a major international tournament – the 2006 FIFA World Cup – and now face Vicente del Bosque’s holders, who arrive in Ukraine having finished top of the Polish-based Group C. France played England (1-1) and Ukraine (2-0) in Donetsk in the group stage.

The winners will play Portugal in the semi-finals, also in Donetsk, on 27 June.

England vs Italy

England will look to maintain their unbeaten record under Roy Hodgson when they take on Italy in the last UEFA EURO 2012 quarter-final in Kyiv. Hodgson led England to first place in Group D but now faces an Italy side also unbeaten at this EURO, having finished runners-up in Group C.

It is the teams’ first meeting for ten years and only once before have they met at a UEFA European Championship final tournament, Italy winning 1-0 in 1980 to eliminate England.

The winners will play Germany in the semi-finals in Warsaw on 28 June.


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