DONETSK, Ukraine - Reigning champions Spain will get the chance to defend their title after beating Portugal 4-2 on penalties in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.
After no goal in the first 120 minutes, Spain keeper Iker Casillas saved one penalty and Portugal's Bruno Alves struck the crossbar to set up Cesc Fabregas's winning spot-kick for the Spanish in front of 48,000 spectators at Donetsk's Donbass Arena.
Spain will now face the winner of this morning's semi-final between Germany and Italy in Sunday's final in Kiev.
"We definitely deserve to be in the final. We did it collectively.
I am so proud to be in this team," said Spain defender Sergio Ramos, who converted his penalty attempt.
When asked who he would like to face in the final, Ramos said: "I don't care. I hope the better team wins."
"It worked out. It wasn't easy, but I think the 0-0 was fair," said Casillas, who has not been scored upon in 900 minutes (15 hours) in knock-out matches since the 2006 World Cup.
"It was a very even match. Maybe we were a little better in extra time, they looked a bit tired, but there were few chances before that," said Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, whose team is undefeated in 11 straight knock-out matches.
"It wasn't easy to get through their defence. The players have played so many matches and they have to show their best in one more."
The Spanish - into their fourth Euro final after victory in 1964 and a loss to France in 1984 - still have a chance to become the first team to defend their Euro title, and with it become the first nation to take three straight major titles.
Portugal missed the chance to reach their second Euro final following their 2004 loss to Greece - with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo waiting to take the final penalty, which never came.
"It's very difficult when you know your team worked very well and did everything they can do. When it goes to penalties you can do nothing, sometimes you get unlucky, and this is football. Congratulations to Spain," said Nani.
Del Bosque made only one change to his line-up but it was a controversial one as he started Alvaro Negredo in attack - instead of either Fernando Torres or Fabregas.
Negredo had played just one minute at the tournament so far, coming on in the dying moments of Spain's 1-0 group C win over Croatia.
Portugal coach Paulo Bento started Hugo Almeida in place of the injured Helder Postiga as the only line-up switch.
Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa had the first chance after nine minutes, shooting just over the bar from the edge of the box and Andres Iniesta curled his shot over the bar in the 29th minute.
Portugal were close two minutes later as Cristiano Ronaldo's low attempt went just wide left.
The Negredo experiment ended after 54 minutes with del Bosque bringing on Fabregas for Negredo.
Almeida twice had chances though neither were on target in the 57th and 59th minutes. And Ronaldo sent free kicks over the bar in the 73rd and 84th minutes before the Real Madrid star shot well off target on a fine counter attack chance in the 90th minute.
Spain missed a golden chance for the lead in the 104th minute as Portugal keeper Rui Patricio made a fantastic save on Iniesta's shot from close range.
And Ramos sent his shot just over the post in stoppage time of the first half of extra time.