Portugal have qualified to the semi-finals of the Euro 2016 after drawing 1-1 with Poland. After extra-time the score was still 1-1 and Portugal won on penalties 5-3.
Poland finished unbeaten in first place in group C, without conceding a goal. Then in the round of 16 they eliminated Switzerland after a penalty shootout. Their results:
||1 - 0||N. Ireland
||0 - 0||Poland
||0 - 1||Poland
||1 - 1
(4 - 5)
Portugal surprisingly finished third in the group stage, behind Hungary and Iceland, drawing all three games. Then in the round of 16 they faced Croatia and it looked like the game was going to be decided by penalty shootout but Quaresma's goal in the 117th minute won the game for Portugal. Results:
||1 - 1||Iceland
||0 - 0||Austria
||3 - 3||Portugal
||0 - 1||Portugal
The two team have met 10 times in their history and Portugal has a slight advantage winning 4 games, 3 matches finished draw and Poland won 3 games.
The last game between the teams was in 2012 in an international friendly which finished 0-0.
The starting elevens:
Poland XI: Fabianski, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk; Blaszczykowski, Maczynski, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Milik, Lewandowski.
Portugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Fonte, Pepe, Eliseu, W. Carvalho, Adrien, Joao Mario, Sanches, Nani, Ronaldo.
Poland started perfectly the game and Robert Lewandowski scored the second fastest goal in the European Championship history.
Grosicki took advantage of poor defending from Cedric he got away down the left and sent the ball inside the box to Lewandowski who finished it with a precise shot.
After the goal Portugal started to press but Poland defended well and they even had a dangerous counter-attacks.
Portugal didn't needed many occasions to score, Nani played a beautiful one-two with Renato Sanches, who was on the edge of the area Sanches' shot went into the net to level the scores after 33 minutes.
It was Sanches' first goal on his first start for his country.
After the equalising goal both teams had chances and played more on counter attacks
At half the statistics show a balanced game:
- Shots: 5-9
- Pass accuracy: 77%-82%
- Chances created: 4-6
- Crosses: 5-15
Renato Sanches was one of the best players on the pitch in first half. His numbers:
94% pass accuracy, 2 shots, 2 take-ons, 2 interceptions and most importantly 1 goal.
In the first part of the second half the teams were more careful to don't leave spaces for the opposition. They didn't risk and therefore there were few opportunities dangerous for either side.
We had to wait until the 68th minute to see a dangerous opportunity Grosicki crossed, Milik flicked and Rui Patricio stopped it well.
In the 78th minute the Portugal had an opportunity after a corner Fonte met the ball it with a header but it went straight at Fabianski.
Ronaldo had a golden opportunity to win the game for Portugal, but he missed it.s
No player has missed more clear cut goalscoring opportunities at Euro 2016 than Ronaldo (4).
At the end of the 90 minutes the score was 1-1, extra-time was needed.
- Shots: 9-15
- Pass accuracy: 82%-85%
- Chances created: 7-12
- Crosses: 9-33
In the first half of the extra-time both teams had opportunities to score, Poland by Milik who's shot from around 20 meters went but his effort went well wide of the left post.
Nani had a chance when he got a perfect cross from the side, but his header from around the penalty spot went well wide of the left post.
Both teams are afraid to risk for the goal and have been just 4 shots on target since the 45th minute.
At the end of the 120 minutes the score still was draw 1-1 and penalties were next. Portugal was close to the penalty shootout in the previous round against Croatia, but Quaresma's late goal won the game for them.
Poland already had a penalty shootout in the previous round against Switzerland, scoring all 5 penalties.
Portugal won 5-3 and qualified to the semi-finals where they will face the winner between Wales and Belgium.
Man of the matchFor Renato Sanches it was the first game he started for his country. He fully repaid the coach's trust with a confident display. He scored the equalising goal and he was a constant threat when he had the ball. He converted penalty. Sanches is the Man of the match.
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