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Low's new Germany comes at a price


Euro 2016 quarterfinals: Poland vs. Portugal as it happened

It's Robert Lewandowski's time to shine as Poland prepare to take on CR7 and Portugal in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.


SUMMARY: After what turned out to be a deceptively bright start, with Robert Lewandowski putting Poland ahead after only two minutes and Renato Sanches levelling on his full Portugal debut, this match became a tight and attritional affair that always seemed destined for extra time and then penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a couple of good chances to win it for Portugal, but then set the tone in the penalty shootout, scoring the first of their five successful kicks as Jakub Blaszczykowski missed for Poland.

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Nani stutters his run-up, wrongfoots the keeper and fires high into the net. 4-3 Portugal.

Glik produces another impeccable penalty, and now it's 3-3!

Moutinho sends the goalkeeper the wrong way, and that's 3-2 Portugal

Milik fires low into the corner. 2-2. All excellent penalties so far.

Sanches thumps his kick into the top corner. 2-1.

Lewandowski rolls home Poland's first kick -- 1-1 on penalties.

Portugal take the first penalty. Ronaldo with it... and Ronaldo fires home!


120 MINS - Kapustka shoots. It's blocked out to Blaszczykowski, whose effort is totally wild, as Mark E Smith of The Fall once so nearly sang.

119 MINS - The Poland fans seem to be looking forward to the shootout. And given how clinical their side were from the spot in the Switzerland game, who can blame them?

117 MINS - Fabianski clears long for Poland. Piszczek crosses and Lewandowski and Milik are waiting -- but Pepe does very well to flick his header clear before they can close in.

114 MINS - Six minutes to go. A Poland cross floats up and over.

112 MINS - There is no sign at all of a winning goal arriving from either side. Anything other than penalties would be a big surprise now. But that said, here's a Portugal corner...

110 MINS - A pitch invader. Ridiculous, and wrestled to the ground by stewards as he appeared to run towards Ronaldo. A little pause in play as a result.

108 MINS - Poland corner. What can they make of this? Nothing. It's a bit of a tired delivery and is cleared.

106 MINS - Blaszczykowski shoots, and shoots miles over the top.



104 MINS - Nearly at the half-way mark in extra time. Penalties, you feel, are looming very large indeed even with a little over 15 minutes to go.

102 MINS - Low cross for Poland -- right through the six-yard box and nobody is there to turn it in. The man best equipped to have done so, Lewandowski, was the man who put the cross in.

100 MINS - The ball is worked neatly to Milik, who is on the edge of the Portugal area. Pepe comes out to close him down as he shoots -- and shoots over.

98 MINS - Cedric crosses, Nani heads -- wide.

98 MINS - Qauresma has an effort blocked. Ronaldo, who has had a pretty ordinary night and missed a couple of great chances, underhits an attempt to lay the ball back. You can see his frustration. Maczynski is off for Poland, withTomasz Jodlowiec on.

96 MINS - Portugal come down the left, but the final cross from Eliseu is woefully overhit. William Carvalho is off and Danilo on for Portugal.

94 MINS - Blaszczykowski plays the ball in the direction of Milik, making a run into the area -- it looks dangerous but has a bit too much pace on it and Portugal survive.

92 MINS - Sanches finds a fine cross and it's another opening for Ronaldo -- but he again can't get the finish right. The ball comes back to Sanches moments later, bouncing over a defender on the left of the area, but his attempt to strike at goal is well blocked.



90+2 MINS - Carvalho is booked for pulling back Krychowiak, and that means he will miss the semifinal if Portugal get there.

90 MINS - THREE ADDED MINUTES at the end of the 90.

89 MINS - Kapustka fouls Nani and is booked.

87 MINS - Extra time is coming, unless someone can find a moment of inspiration. And on the evidence of this second half, and how tight it has been, I'd say extra time is the likelier.

85 MINS - Last five minutes. Time for a winner? Ronaldo could have provided one -- he is clean through after a chip over the top but miskicks. Great chance -- and he knows it.

83 MINS - Renato Sanches wanders over to the left where he picks up possession from an overhit cross but sees an attempt to play the ball back in blocked.

81 MINS - Pepe tries to thread the ball through to Ronaldo. Jedrzejczyk intercepts, and is hugely relieved as the ball goes just wide of his own post. What a way to lose it that would have been? Poland change: Grosicki off, Bartosz Kapustka on

80 MINS - Ricardo Quaresma, who scored the late, late winner against Croatia in extra-time, is on for Joao Mario for Portugal.

78 MINS - Corner for Portugal. Fonte meets it with a header -- but it's straight at Fanbianski.

77 MINS - Carvalho appears to pull Lewandowski's shirt as the striker tries to get going on the left-hand side for Poland. The referee doesn't see it that way.

75 MINS - Poland break well and the ball is worked to Grosicky on the left and outside the area. He is going to shoot here... and after cutting inside, he belts the ball over the top.

72 MINS - Ronaldo looks irritated as a cross from Cedric fails to beat the first defender. We are heading towards the last 15 minutes of a game that remains stubbornly deadlocked.

70 MINS - Pepe heads back from a corner with Ronaldo lurking hopefully in the middle, but it won't reach him. Straight to the other end, where a Lewandowski cut back is neither cross nor pass. Adrien Silva is booked for a foul.

68 MINS - Grosicki crosses, Milik flicks and Rui Patericio stops it well and holds on. A better little spell in attack for Poland there.

66 MINS - A touch back from Milik falls just away from Lewandowski inside the area, and there is nobody else following up.

64 MINS - Good effort -- Cedric roams forward for Portugal and unleashes a 25-yarder. It's not too far past the far post.

62 MINS - Poland are now finding very little joy in their efforts to get in behind the Portugal defence. At the moment, in a very tight match, they look the less likely of the two teams to snatch a second goal.

60 MINS - Ronaldo miskicks inside the area. He berates himself furiously. Silva fires an effort from the edge of the box as the ball rebounds, but that's blocked by Glik. We are on the hour. Still 1-1, still finely balanced.

58 MINS - Grosicki sets off on an ambitious run down the left for Poland. He's past one. He's past two. But then he's dispossessed.

56 MINS - Ronaldo's in, left-hand side of the area, but blasts a shot into the side-netting from an increasing angle. Not the best option.

55 MINS - Portugal having the better of this half. Poland have not scored more than one goal in a game at this tournament, and at the moment you can see why that might be.

53 MINS - Sanches, having an excellent night and involved all over the place, turns up on the right byline and makes himself some space before delivering a cross -- but it's straight at Fabianski.

51 MINS - Ronaldo jumps with Fanbianski, who juggles with the ball for a second or two before holding on.

49 MINS - Half a chance -- and a very difficult one -- for Lewandowski, who does well to get some contact with a diving header as a ball bounces inside the Portugal area, but can't generate any power to worry Rui Patricio.

48 MINS - An early ball forward for Portugal drifts all the way through to Fabianski. Can Poland get the upper hand back in this match? They started so well, but couldn't maintain their ascendancy and Portugal, once they had equalised, too the initiative.


45 MINS: One added minute at the end of the half. Maczynski cjhases a ball forward down the left, but he isn't going to get that.

44 MINS - More quick feet from Renato Sanches, but he takes on a defender too many and the ball is stolen off his toes inside the area.

42 MINS - Jedrzejczyk drags an opponent back and is the first player to booked tonight. And that means he won't be able to play in the semifinal should Poland get there.

40 MINS - Ronaldo on the left. Portugal have stepped it up since the equaliser -- their passing is better, their movement sharper. Can they turn the game around before the break?

38 MINS - A little flurry of Poland pressure comes to an end when Lewandowski fouls Pepe. At the other end, Adrien crosses and Poland clear. Coming up to the last five minutes of what has been a very decent first half.

36 MINS - Ronaldo down after a foul by Krychowiak. The referee talks to, rather than showing a card to, the Poland man.


Nani plays a one-two with Renato Sanches, who is on the edge of the area -- and Sanches takes a touch and blasts a left-footed effort into the corner to level the scores. There was a slight deflection off Krychowiak, but it's a Sanches goal on his first start for his country.

31 MINS - Ronaldo goes down in the area. He appeals to the referee that defender Pazdan barged him over. The referee is unmoved, but I think Ronaldo had a decent case there.

29 MINS - Nani wins the ball, squares to Ronaldo just outside the box -- and his low shot, not that well hit, is fielded easily enough by Fabianski.

28 MINS - Pepe, under a little bit of pressure, just thumps the ball forward. Nani chases, and chases in vain.

26 MINS - A few signs of frustration amongst Portugal players. Sanches, on his first start, commits a clumsy foul and gives away a needless free-kick.

24 MINS - Milik is on the ball again -- but not for long, as the offside flag goes up.

22 MINS - Poland again find joy running through the middle -- and again it's Milik doing it as defenders back off. he shoots from 25 yards again, and this time it deflects off a defender and behind for a corner. Ronaldo clears it. Grosicki crosses low as Poland come forward again, but there is nobody on the end of it this time except for Fonte, who clears.

21 MINS - Pepe puts the ball out of play as Jedrzejczyk threatens. Poland are building -- or trying to build -- a lot of attacks down their left.

19 MINS - Already, we are seeing a hopeful dimension to many of the passes and crosses Portugal are trying. Another example: A deep ball towards nobody in particular is easily headed away.

17 MINS - Lewandowski into the area, on the right-hand side -- he fires at goal from an angle and it's held by Rui Patricio. Earlier, Ronaldo tried a shot from a free-kick about 40 yards out. It crashes straight off the first defender.

15 MINS - Milik runs through the middle for Poland. He has players left and right but opts to shoot from 25 yards. Wrong choice -- he drags it wide.

14 MINS - Corner to Portugal, the first of the game. Nothing comes of that. But it's soon followed by another... also cleared.

12 MINS - Portugal are struggling to find composure in their passing in these early minutes. Too much of a hurry, too much rush -- even when there is time for the man on the ball.

10 MINS - Cedric cuts the ball back to Ronaldo, round about the penalty spot, and his effort crashes off adefender. That's more like ti from Portugal.

8 MINS - Someone who hasn't got into the game yet? Cristiano Ronaldo. He tries an optimistic shot, with players better placed, and it amounts to absolutely nothing.

6 MINS - Nani overruns the ball as he attempts to cut in from the Portugal right. Poland come forward again, and Grosicki, very heavily involved in these early stages, is thwarted as the ball squirts out for a throw.

4 MINS - Shellshocked Portugal try to strike back. Sanches and Nani combine deep inside the Poland half, but then Krychowiak is fouled and Poland have a free-kick.


The Lewandowski goal drought is over, and inside the first couple of minutes! Grosicki takes advantage of poor defending from Cedric, gets away down the left and tees up Lewandowski with a fine low cross. He does the rest -- Poland have the most perfect of starts!

2 MINS - Suares gets a good early challenge in as Maczynski tries to get away down the left. Then Portugal play a long ball forward and this could be dangerous...


20.01 BST: A minute's applause is held for the victims of the Istanbul terror attacks.

19.58 BST: BBC pundit John Hartson reckons tonight could be the night for Lewandowski. He says this: "Robert Lewandowski is about to fire, I think. He possesses all the qualities a big striker needs. He has a big game in him."

19.56 BST: The national anthems boom out. Portugal's is first.

19.54 BST: And here they come!

19.50 BST: The players will soon be on their way out of the tunnel. A relaxed-looking Ronaldo grins at a mascot. Renato Sanches, making his first start for his country, is all smiles.

19.45 BST: And here's his Poland counterpart Adam Nawalka: "The fact we have achieved these results at the tournament is not really a surprise for us. We have been expecting that by playing with a high level of football we would do well. My players have achieved a lot already, but they want more."

19.42 BST: Portugal coach Fernando Santos is predicting a tight, tense match. He says: "I think there are no favourites. We are facing great opponents, and I think this is a strictly 50-50 game. But I believe we are going to win."

19.40 BST: Some team news in a nutshell: Portugal have made a couple of changes, with Raphael Guerreiro and Andre Gomes out because of injury problems, with Eliseu and Renato Sanches in. It is a first international start for Sanches. Poland are unchanged from the penalty shootout win over Switzerland.

19.36 BST: And at the other end of the goals spectrum, this man could equal a record tonight:

19.34 BST: But today is another day, and -- who knows -- it might be one that ends a frustrating goal drought for Poland captain Robert Lewandowski. He hasn't scored at a European Championship since a goal against Greece in the 2012 tournament. What better way to ease that frustration than by rediscovering his goal touch as Euro 2016 enters its latter stages?

19.32 BST: We can but hope we get a more entertaining evening than the last time Portugal played -- their round of 16 win over Croatia, sealed by a goal deep in extra time, offered precious little in the way of excitement. Or chances. Or good football.

19.30 BST: And so here we go -- it's quarterfinal number one of Euro 2016, and it pitches Poland against Portugal in Marseille. Tonight's winner plays either Belgium or Wales.

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