Spain's Xabi Alonso (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring his team's opening goal
The Real Madrid midfielder's pedigree was put on display on Saturday evening after he played an instrumental part in sending Spain through to the semi-finals of the tournament.
The focal point of every attack, and the holder and creator of possession for the Spanish, Alonso was on the end of every move La Roja made.
His all round ability was showcased with his sublime first half goal, which saw him put his team in front with a header.
Alonso's cool temperament was further rewarded when he stood up to take a stoppage time penalty to convert his second for the night.