june 26, 2012 • 11:35 PM • last update 12:45 PM

Euro soccer: Spain faces sternest test against Portugal in first semi-final

Spain's players celebrate their second goal next to France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris during their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, June 23, 2012.
Foto: Yves Herman / Reuters In English

Holders Spain will be given their sternest Euro 2012 test yet against Iberian rivals Portugal and their in-form forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the first semi-final later on Wednesday.

All eyes will be on Spain coach Vincente del Bosque to see if he continues his policy of not starting with a striker.

The scampering Ronaldo is set to be marked by Real Madrid team mate Alvaro Arbeloa in Donetsk.

Germany and Italy will meanwhile be continuing their preparations for Thursday's second semi-final in Warsaw.

The final is in Kiev on Sunday.

(Editing by Mark Meadows)

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