Roger Federer never doubted his ability to win Grand Slam titles during a two and a half year drought in which he was written off in some quarters and passed the 30 year age barrier that often signals the beginning of the end for top tennis players.
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A disappointing semi-final between Spain and Portugal served again to highlight the dearth of quality strikers at Euro 2012, a failing that has been somewhat disguised by the debate over tactics.
Portugal left Euro 2012 with their heads held high having improved beyond recognition from the start of the qualifying campaign when they drew with Cyprus and lost to Norway in their opening two matches.
The agony and the ecstasy of the first penalty shootout at Euro 2012 was settled in the most predictable fashion on Sunday when England extended their hopeless record in soccer's version of Russian roulette to six embarrassing flops.
Midway through the second half of Spain's 2-0 Euro 2012 quarter-final win over France, some of the Donetsk crowd gave their verdict on the game through the universal language of football fans - whistles and boos.
Lorded as the aristocrats of the beautiful game, Spain found themselves involved in a street fight against Croatia on Monday before reaching the Euro 2012 quarter-finals with a fortunate 1-0 victory on a nervy night.
Italy revealed reserves of mental strength that may serve them well for the rest of Euro 2012 on Monday when they overcame a rugged Irish side and their own demons to claim a place in the quarter-finals.
Denmark showed little evidence at Euro 2012 of the 'Danish dynamite' so beloved of their fans and paid the price for a lack of firepower and creativity by going out at the group stage.
Greece will go into the Euro 2012 last eight with a sense of pride but must keep a cool head after a roller coaster group stage saw them move from the brink of elimination to the knockout phase with a 1-0 win over Russia.
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