MADRID.- La selección española, que este viernes eliminó a la de Suiza en San Petersburgo tras la tanda de penaltis, se clasificó por quinta vez en su historia para las semifinales de una Eurocopa, y en todas esas ocasiones alcanzó la gran final.
El cuadro de Luis Enrique pone así fin a nueve años de sinsabores, por cuanto desde que ganó el torneo continental en Kiev en 2012 perdió protagonismo al caer en la fase de grupos en el Mundial de Brasil 2014, en octavos en la Eurocopa de Francia 2016 y en el Mundial de Rusia 2018.
Sendos dobletes de Amancio Amaro y Marcelino Martínez, más una diana de Josep María Fusté, que debutaba, firmaron la victoria en el primer encuentro, y Peru Zaballa, con otras dos dianas, en la vuelta.
España, que había empatado ante Rumanía y Portugal a un tanto, se jugaba todo en el último encuentro, en el Parque de los Príncipes de París, ante Alemania Federal y se hizo con el primer puesto del grupo y el pase a semifinales gracias a un tanto de cabeza en el último minuto de Antonio Maceda.
A partir de ahí llegó otra larga travesía por el desierto hasta que la historia cambió en la Eurocopa de Austria/Suiza 2008 bajo la batuta de Luis Aragonés con una tanda de penaltis vibrante tras acabar el partido ante Italia con empate a cero.
Los errores de De Rossi y Di Natale ante Iker Casillas y el tiro final de Cesc Fábregas cambiaron el destino de la Roja, abocada a caer en cuartos en aquella época, y dio inicio a la etapa más brillante de la historia, con dos títulos continentales seguidos y el Mundial de Sudáfrica 2010.
Cuatro años después, en el Donbass Arena de Donetsk, el conjunto que ya dirigía Vicente del Bosque, se desembarazó con autoridad y gran superioridad de Francia (2-0), a la que venció con un doblete de Xabi Alonso. EFE
The history of the semifinals of Spain in the Eurocup: a synonym for final
Since 1964, on the four occasions that the national team reached the penultimate round, it ended up entering the game for the title. She was only defeated in the 1984 final
From the top of the steep St. Petersburg Stadium you can see the infinite aspect of the Baltic Sea. There, under a sky that never gets dark, Spain dawned again, infinite and unexpected to reach the Eurocup semifinals for the fifth time in its history. From that first stamp from 1964 to this one from 2021, after a penalty shoot-out where the name of Unai Simn was recorded, as it did in 2008 or 2012 that of Iker Casillas.
All of them led to a final. And only one left a trail of thorns that still sting today. The Spain of Luis Enrique, like the Forest, Luis Aragons, Miguel Muoz O Jos Villalonga it enters a semifinals that, by tradition, are usually accompanied by a final. It will be in London, next Tuesday, where the fate of this young and intrepid national team is decided, who left the exuberant Russian city with the sound of ‘Que viva Espaa’ by Manolo Escobar resounding in his head.
From that last conquest at the Kiev Olympics, nine years ago (2012), there is still some trace on this team. Nobody forgets that race to infinity of Jordi Alba, who yesterday regained ownership and was guilty of the goal from Spain, to leave the middle title involved before the break of a historic win in the final against Italy (4-0). Also Sergio Busquets, lieutenant of Xavi Hernndez Y Xabi Alonso, in Vicente Del Bosque’s drawing. It was precisely Alonso, with a double against France, who embarked the national team in the semifinals. In the penalty shootout, Portugal ended up getting out of the way.
From 2008, remains the happy aroma of that unforgettable catharsis of Spanish football. In Vienna, under the helm of Luis, La Roja became invincible. Although for this it was necessary to break that curse of the quarterfinals that seemed to be part of that tragic destiny that was accompanying the selection. Imperial appeared Iker Casillas in the penalty shootout against Italy, executed in the last by Cesc Fbregas, an unknown pitcher for Buffon. And on that same lawn at Ernst Happel in Vienna, as a prelude, Spain pushed Russia aside and finished off Germany with an indelible goal from Fernando Torres. With that lost ball that ended up chasing an entire country until Jens Lehmann, defeated on the table, he began to admit defeat.
Luis Enrique was a kid from Mareo’s football school, who still had nightmares about the hit from Spain in the World’82, when to Arconada that shot of lack of control slipped into his arms. Michel platini. So far that tragedy in Paris, before a favorite France, has been the only stumbling block. In those days, from the group stage you went directly to the semifinals, as only eight teams fought for the title. In that penultimate round, the Denmark of Laudrup Y Lerby was separated in the penalty kicks (the result was 1-1, with a goal from Maceda) on the grass of the Gerland stadium in Lyon.
But it was in Spain, at the Santiago Bernabu, where it all began. Where the selection won its first European Championship, in 1964, against the Soviet Union. The narration of the goal of Marcelino It is part of the history of Spanish football. Hungary (2-1) had been the victim on the penultimate step towards that first happy ending in Madrid, when many of the parents of this generation had not even been born.
Saint Petersburg and its imperial stadium sponsored by the global gas giant Gazprom is already part of the history of the Spanish team. A point of support towards London, after a European Championship in which no one (except Luis Enrique) expected to see Spain on this penultimate step towards glory. A place where selection has never failed. It has always led to a fight for the crown. Four semifinals, four tickets to the final. Next Tuesday, within the walls of the renovated Wembley, they will fight to stay true to their tradition. https://then24.com/