It has become increasingly possible to imagine Portugal with their name on the Euro 2016 trophy. After three draws at the group appearance and a grubby, last 16 win over Croatia, following extra-time, they entered this quarter-final having not played extremely well but having played satisfactory.
Poland Vs. Portugal
Renato Sanches, a Portugal’s star. The 18-year-old, who has signed for Bayern Munich just now, regulized with a thumping left-footed shot from the edge of the area, which took a diversion off Grzegorz Krychowiak, and he stepped up to take his team’s second penalty. After a long wait, his transformation was nerveless
Goalkeeper Rui Patricio proof the hero for A Selecao, diving full-length to his left to save radiantly from Jakub Blaszczykowski, leaving guiltless on the Poland goal, he made a good response save from Arkadiusz Milik through the second half and finished up being the hero of the night with a marvelous save in the shootout.
Another monster execution from the Real Madrid man. Quite simply the best player on the pitch. Unstoppable in the air, powerful and rapid on the ground, nothing got past the Portuguese stopper tonight.
Found it hard to find his passing range, not helped by the continuously changing positions of his teammates, which added to the unconnected feel to Portugal’s game, especially in the first half. Force his physical play well to thwart many of Poland’s attack and “took one for the team” by stopping a threatening counterattack with a strategic foul, picking a yellow card in the process that rules him out of the semifinal.
Fight to get into the game and appeared unconfident in his decision-making, which is normally his strong point.
Normally neat in his passing and more than willing to join the heat of the battle in the centre of the pitch. Picked up a yellow card, which likely helped convince Santos to make him the first player exchanged
It was a good performance by the man. Ricardo Quaresma beat Lukasz Fabianski to spark delirium. “It was enormous pressure and I had an entire country in my hands,” Quaresma said. “But I stayed positive and I knew I was going to score. I was very confident. We’re on the right track and we’re going to continue.”
Cooperate superbly with Sanches to fashion the equalizer and torture throughout the 90 minutes. Tried his luck with a effective shot from range, but it was straight at Lukasz Fabianski..
It was a very poor attainment by the Real Madrid goal machine as he lost a penalty that could have changed the outcome of the match. Ronaldo miskicked, air-kicked and miscontrolled when well placed on his three fair opportunities.
Besides scoring 13 times in qualification more than any other player in the match, Lewandowski is goalless at Euro 2016. The Bayern Munich striker has never stopped working and his runs have opened up space for teammates coach. Adam Nawalka has said he is doing “phenomenal work” in this role but he will be eager to get off the mark against Portugal.
Poland may only have scored three times in four games, but Blaszczykowski has been the standout player in attack. Poland has never lost a game when Blaszczykowski has scored.
He wasn’t Poland’s first-choice goalkeeper when the championship started, but Fabianski has become a main member of the team since Wojciech Szczesny injures his thigh in the first game.
The defensive midfielder’s boundless spirit has been pivotal for Poland, which has only acknowledge one goal in open play Shaqiri’s stunner.
Poland’s youngest participant at just 19 years, Kapustka put in an eye-catching performance in his team’s 1-0 opening win opposite Northern Ireland, deserving plaudits from former England defender Rio Ferdinand, who called him a ” skillful player very clever, and composed” in comments on Twitter.