Portugal Edge Poland In Euro 2016 Quarter-final On Penalty Kicks 5-3

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Portugal saw off Poland on penalties in Marseille on Thursday to reach the semifinals of Euro 2016.

Poland’s Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring after just a couple of minutes, only for Renato Sanches to peg them back later in the first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo walks up to take the first penalty. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Cristiano Ronaldo walks up to take the first penalty. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Portugal had the better of the play from thereon, though failed to take their chances and relied on a shootout to ensure their place in the final four.

Portugal’s semi-final opponent will be either Wales or Belgium.

Remarkably, Portugal have reached the last four without winning a game in normal time following three draws in a group in which they finished third and an extra-time win over Croatia in the last 16.

No side has ever got this far in a European Championship without winning a match inside 90 minutes.

Portugal have also only led a match for 22 minutes during the whole tournament, while Poland have not trailed for a single minute.

However, for a second dour and conservative knockout game running, Fernando Santos’ side did what was required when it mattered.

Poland: Łukasz Fabiański; Artur Jędrzejczyk, Michał Pazdan, Kamil Glik, Łukasz Piszczek; Kamil Grosicki (Bartosz Kapustka 82′), Krzysztof Mączyński (Tomasz Jodłowiec 98′), Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Błaszczykowski; Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik.

Goals: Lewandowski (2′).

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Eliseu, José Fonte, Pepe, Cédric; William Carvalho (Danilo Pereira 96′); Adrien Silva (João Moutinho 74′), Renato Sanches, João Mário (Ricardo Quaresma 80′); Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani.

Goals: Sanches (33′).

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