Alonso nets brace as Spain coast past France

    Xabi Alonso (right) heads past goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to open Spain's account in the quarterfinal against France on Saturday

    Story highlights

    • Xabi Alonso scores a brace as Spain beat France 2-0 in Donetsk in Euro 2012 quarterfinal
    • Goals in either half capped a memorable night for the midfielder who celebrated his 100th appearance in style
    • Spain now face Portugal in Wednesday's semifinal
    Spain remain on course to retain their European Championship crown after seeing off a lackluster France 2-0 in the third Euro 2012 quarterfinal at the Donbass Arena, Donetsk on Saturday.
    Xabi Alonso celebrated his 100th appearance for his country with two goals in either half to seal a convincing win for the world champions.
    "There's a lot of personal satisfaction in getting to 100 caps and of course getting on the scoresheet," Alonso said.
    "We are now in the semis and of course all the games at this stage are life and death. We didn't have that many chances but we had the match totally under control," he added.
    Victory over France sets up a showdown with arch rivals Portugal next Wednesday.