Portugal have advanced to the semifinals of the Euro 2016 after a 5-3 penalties win over Poland.
The game ended 1-1 in regulation time as Renato Sanches cancelled out Robert Lewandowski’s opener in the first half, the second half ended in a stalemate and so did extra time before the game went into penalties. Ronaldo and Lewandowski both scored the opening penalties and others followed.However, once Blaszczykowski failed it just required Ricardo Quaresma to score and he did, placing his penalty into the roof of Lukasz Fabianski’s net to send the Portugese fans to wild celebrations.
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Portugal, whose defence, superbly organised by Pepe, had largely kept Poland at bay after Robert Lewandowski’s early opener, ought to have won the game in normal time.But Ronaldo was misfiring. He ran onto a lovely, lofted ball from Joao Moutinho and, not for the first time in this quarter-final, failed to connect with anything at all.In an increasingly broken-up second half, his was not the only error. Shortly before, Pepe had tried to pass to Ronaldo, Artur Jedrzejczyk struck out a leg and almost deflected it past his own goalkeeper.
Portugal, the team that have failed to win any of their games in normal time, will face either Wales or Belgium in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after overcoming Poland on penalties.