Xabi Alonso celebrated his 100th appearance for Spain with the only goal of the first-half in their Euro 2012 quarter-final with France Saturday.
Alonso struck in the 19th minute after Jordi Alba had outstripped Anthony Reveillere down the left leaving the defender slumped on the ground and put in a perfect cross for the former Liverpool star to head past Hugo Lloris.
France pressed to get the equaliser and went closest through a freekick from Yohan Cabaye which Iker Casillas tipped over the bar for a corner.
The winners play Portugal in Wednesday's semi-final.
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates with Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso after scoring during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Spain vs France on June 23, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. AFP PHOTO / JEFF PACHOUD