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‘We suffered – what did you expect?’ Spain take long road to epic Italy clash | Sid Lowe


Spain’s quarter-final shootout win in Euro 2008 announced a new era – 13 years on another win on penalties provides a chance to build towards success again

‘‘The ball was a long way away and en route to picking it up and taking the penalty lots of thoughts go through your mind,” Mikel Oyarzabal said. As he set off, he left eight men standing on the halfway line. On the touchline, there were 27 people, arms around each other’s shoulders in a long line. Four more stood just to the side. Three others made up a second row. Behind them were the players’ families. Officially, there were 499 Spain fans in the stadium. And behind them were 9.7m watching on television back home.

If there was a thought they shared, an image in their minds, it was Vienna 2008, the penalty shootout that changed everything, carrying Spain into the semi-finals, ending one era – 44 years without a major trophy – and starting another. The moment when they broke that barrier: destined always to fall at the same, quarter-final stage, that day they made it through and for six years became the team that always won. Forget the final, Fernando Torres later said, speaking for all of them, that was the day they knew they had won Euro 2008.

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