This could be a really great game.
Or it could be business as usual as Spain continue to pass their way toward their third consecutive final in a major tournament.
Spain have moved through Euro 2012 in fairly straightforward fashion, using their patented tiki-taka to emerge comfortably from Group C and stifle France in the quarterfinals.
Portugal had a more dynamic road, overcoming a loss to fellow semifinalists Germany in their first group match to book a quarterfinal date with a stubborn but ultimately toothless Czech Republic.
So now these neighbors face off, with many believing the title-holders will do to the smaller member of their peninsula what they have done to every other squad for the past 4 years.
But Portugal have something those other squads don’t. They have Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese handed Spain their biggest defeat in recent memory with a 4-0 drubbing in a friendly way back in 2010.
The stakes are much different, and Spain’s power much more consolidated today, but history may be the only advantage Bento’s men carry into this match.
It will all be settled on the pitch starting at 2:45 ET. Join me then for lineups and commentary, after the jump!