PORTUGAL BEATS POLAND

It’s been a long night in Marseille, but Portugal have triumphed after 120 minutes of action, two goals and nine penalties.

After what turned out to be a deceptively bright start, with Robert Lewandowski putting Poland ahead after only two minutes and Renato Sanches levelling on his full Portugal debut, this match became a tight and attritional affair that always seemed destined for extra time and then penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a couple of good chances to win it for Portugal, but then set the tone for their penalty shootout, scoring the first of their five successful kicks as Jakub Błaszczykowski missed for Poland.The result means portutal are through to the semi finals.Despite a night of personal frustration for Cristiano Ronaldo, he and his team-mates have now set up a clash with Wales or Belgium in Lyon on Wednesday.

Teams

Poland: Fabiankski, Piszczrk, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Blaszczykowski, Krychowiak, Maczynski (Jodlowiec, 97), Grosicki (Kapustka, 82), Milik, Lewandowski.

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Fonte, Ronaldo, Mario (Quaresma, 80), W Carvalho (Danilo, 96), Sanches, Nani, Eliseu, Soares, Adrien Silva (Moutinho, 74).

Man of the Match: Renato Sanches

 

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