Spain v Portugal preview

Portugal will be without frontman Helder Postiga when they face Spain in Wednesday's first Euro 2012 semi-final.

Last Updated: 26/06/12 at 19:41

Postiga: Ruled out for Portugal

Postiga: Ruled out for Portugal

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Real Zaragoza frontman Postiga has been ruled out with a thigh injury, meaning coach Paulo Bento will be unable to field the same starting line-up which he has used in the last six competitive matches.

Besiktas forward Hugo Almeida is expected to get the nod in Donetsk, with 20-year-old Nelson Oliveira, who has come on as a substitute three times in the tournament, likely to be on the bench again.

Almeida, who was sat alongside Bento at Tuesday's pre-match press briefing, said: "I'm very satisfied with that.

"I've worked a lot to be called to the starting line-up and I'll take this opportunity. I want to show my very best, that's logical. I've always been motivated, like all 23 players in the squad. We were the ones chosen and all of us want to play.

"Of course, I was a little sad not to be in starting lineup, but it's all about work. When your opportunity comes, you have to be at your very best to help your team on the pitch," he added on Uefa.com.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque reported no new injury problems following the quarter-final victory against France.

However, he must decide whether to start the game again without a recognised striker and allow Cesc Fabregas to fill the role.

If Del Bosque decides against the quarter-final line-up, Fernando Torres could lead the line, while Pedro could also get a start in the Spain midfield.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

There are no fixtures at present.

Footer 365

Jurgen Klopp not a West Ham target says Karren Brady

West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says reports that the club have approached Jurgen Klopp to take over as manager are "nonsense."

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling signs new four-year contract

Manchester United have confirmed defender Chris Smalling has signed a new contract that keeps him at the club until 2019.

Harry Redknapp criticises Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham

Harry Redknapp says Mauricio Pochettino "has been rescued" by the performances of Spurs' young players this season, and has criticised the club's transfer policy.

Mail Box

Bentaleb Should Be On Unheralded List...

Nabil Bentaleb could be as good as Luka Modric, says one Tottenham fan. We also have lots of mails on Chelsea's style as well as Raheem Sterling's price tag...

Brendan Rodgers Deserves Another Season...

"I am not bashing Chelsea, however..." The Mailbox takes aim at Jose Mourinho once again and under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers "deserves another season".

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company