1 July 2016
Cristiano Ronaldo Thursday evening led Portugal to the semifinals of the Euro 2016 championship going on in France.
After playing out a one all draw in duration time and added time, the quarter finals clash between Lewandowski’s Poland and Ronaldo’s Portugal had to be decided on penalties.
This result means Portugal remain winless at the Euro championship after five games.
In their round of 16 fixture against Croatia, Portugal nicked a win in added time at the 117th minute thanks to a Ricardo Quaresma poacher header following a deflected Ronaldo close range effort.
The evenly contested semifinals match between Poland and Portugal saw Poland create more clear cut chances than their Portuguese counterparts.
With Portugal looking to Ronaldo for the goals, the Madrid man fluffed his line on a couple of occasions when he was put through on goal. In one occasion in particular, he totally missed his kick in front of Poland’s goalkeeper, Lukas Fabianski.
Despite the many missed chances, 18 year old Portuguese midfielder, Renato Sanches who was recently signed by Bayern Munich scored the goal that brought Portugal level at the 33rd minute after Lewandowski had given the Polish the lead in the 2nd minute with a smart finish.
Nani set up the chance for Sanches at the edge of the box with a cheeky pass from inside the box. With Sanches left with a lot to do on receiving the pass, he kept his composure and took a precise left footed shot into Fabianski’s left hand side.
After Portugal’s equaliser, Poland went on to create more chances in the game, both in duration time and added time, but the Portuguese defense held firm against the rampaging Polish.
Portugal won 5 – 3 on penalties, scoring all their five spot kicks. Poland on the other hand were looking good until their fourth kick taken by Blaszczykowski was saved by Portuguese goalkeeper, Rui Patricio.
Quaresma was again the hero of the quarter finals for Portugal as he was in the round of 16 when he scored the winner late into added time. Quaresma made no mistake with his spot kick which was Portugal’s fifth to send his country to the semis.
Now through to the semifinals, Portugal will now face the winner of Friday’s quarter finals clash between Wales and Belgium.