Yesterday’s Fixture – Poland-Portugal1st Jul 2016 |
Poland-Portugal was predicted to be a very tight and nervous game, and that was just what happened. Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal of the tournament already in the opening minutes, and a lot of people feared that Poland would attempt to defend themselves for the rest of the game. That did not happen, although Portugal did have most of the attacking football for the rest of the game. But it must be said that Poland had most of the chances in the 1st half.
Renato Sanches broke a European record during the 1st half. When his shot from outside the box went into the back of the net he became the youngest player ever to score in the knockout phases of the European Championship. Ronaldo held that record before him. Sanches is 18 years old, and he was one of the absolute best players in the entire game. Against Croatia in the round of 16 he got the man of the match award, so this is a player that we will hear a lot more from in the coming years.
The game went on to a penalty shootout. The player who has been Poland’s best in the Euros, Jakub “Kuba” Blaszczykowski, missed Poland’s fourth penalty. This was the only one missed in the shootout, sending Poland out of the Euros.
Portugal will now face Wales or Belgium in the semi-finals.