Keeper Iker Casillas, who saved crucially from Joao Moutinho, said the Spanish should be proud of themselves as they head into the trophy match looking to become the first team ever to win three straight major trophies after Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup.
"Not many are capable of such - we'll surely come to remember this moment, above all when the time comes that we are no longer reaching finals," said Casillas, whose exploits helped to wreck the dreams of clubmates Ronaldo and Pepe, two of Portugal's standout performers.
"We have had to scrap for it and we have endured criitcism," Casillas told Radio Cope in allusion to fans and media opining that la Roja have lacked sparkle at this tournament.
"Now I hope everyone is happy, fans, the press, the players. And I hope we can keep on making them happy."