Spain unfazed by change to 'unlucky' strip for semi-final

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Luis Aragones' side are not worried about wearing yellow shirts versus Russia in the Euro 2008 semi-finals despite it being considered an unlucky colour in the country. Spain are nominally the "away" team in tomorrow's match in Vienna and are obliged to wear their second strip, which has been switched from traditional white to golden yellow. The change for the match is necessary to avoid a colour clash because Russia, like Spain, wear red shirts.

"As far as I'm concerned it's fine, I'm used to playing in yellow," said the midfielder Marcos Senna, whose club Villarreal play in an all-yellow strip. His Spain team-mate Xavi said he was also unconcerned about the colour change. "If I remember correctly, we played in yellow when we beat France [in a friendly in February], so I hope it brings us luck again," said the midfielder. Aragones, however, has an aversion to the colour, previously refusing a gift of yellow flowers at the 2006 World Cup.