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The Iberian derby will be the first semifinal of the European Championship. Portugal and Spain will fight for a coveted spot in the tournament’s final. The Portuguese are looking for their second appearance, the first hosting their devastating 2004 loss against Greece. The Spanish look for their second consecutive final appearance.

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Gerard Pique (left) and Andres Iniesta (right) prepare for their semifinal clash against Portugal.

The clear favorite of this match is Spain, who is the defending champion and hopes to become the first nation to win back-to-back European Championships. Portugal coach Paulo Bento knows they will have to rely on patience in order to break down the Spanish midfield.

Battling with a side that overwhelms their opponent with possession, Portugal will have to count on the quickness of their counterattack. An important duo will be attack-minded fullbacks Joao Pereira and Fabio Coentrão, who can help create chances for Nani…

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