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Casillas wants more finals with Spain

Spain captain Iker Casillas insists the team are united in their desire to reach as many finals as possible.

The reigning champions will face either Germany or Italy, who meet on Thursday, in the Euro 2012 showpiece on Sunday after squeezing past Portugal on penalties.

Spain’s style of retaining possession at all costs has been labelled boring by some critics, but Casillas is just happy to be in the position to win a third successive major tournament.

“We’re fighting to go on reaching finals as we’ve done now,” said the Real Madrid goalkeeper.

“This team have come together through a lot of hard work and faced criticism.

“What we want is to give people something to enjoy and from now until Sunday they will do.

“I don’t care who we play in the final – the important thing is that Spain are there.”

Cesc Fabregas rifled home the match-winning penalty in Wednesday’s shootout to nudge the World Cup holders into the final in Kiev.

However, Casillas admits penalties are a lottery and knows that Spain’s luck will run out at some point.

“After starting by missing that penalty it was important to equalise, and we made it,” he said.

“In the end we were lucky because penalty shootouts are actually about luck. We were rewarded after 120 minutes of suffering.

“A month ago I tasted the bitter side of a shootout, but now I’m happy to experience the other side.

“It’s about guessing where the ball will go, if not much more.

“We’ll definitely remember this moment when we no longer get the luck and go through.”