Portugal Overcome Poland On Penalties To Reach Semis

Portugal Overcome Poland On Penalties To Reach Semis

Portugal progressed into the last four of Euro 2016 after a 5-3 penalty shootout win against Poland on Thursday.
Both sides could not be seperated after 120 minutes of football at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille with the score at 1-1.
Poland got off to a perfect start with Robert Lewandowski firing them ahead in the second minute.
It was the Bayern Munich striker's first international goal since October 2015 and his first of the tournament.
Portugal recovered from early setback and dominated play afterwards but never threatened their opponents defence.
The Iberian side were denied a penalty on the half hour mark when Cristiano Ronaldo was shoved down clumsily by Pazdan, but the referee waved his claims.
They however rallied back three minutes later through a fine strike by 18-year old Renato Sanches.
The youngster received a pass from Luis Nani on the edge of the box and fired the ball past Lucaksz Fabianski.
Both sides cancelled each other out in the second half with no real clear-cut opportunities.
Ronaldo however missed a great opportunity to score the winner for his side four minutes from time when he failed to connect properly and scuffed his shot into the ground after he was put clear on goal.
The game went into extra time after a winner failed to emerge in regulation time.
Penalty shootout was needed to seperate the two teams as they both failed the winning after another 30 minutes of gruelling affair.
Portugal, who are yet to win a match at Euro 2016 in regulation time, scored all their penalties, while Poland missed one.

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