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I am Simon Brotherton and Kevin Cockburn is in the commentary box
alongside me in my say. Poland's goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski of
Swansea has only conceded one goal with a solid defence playing in
front of him this evening. Krychowiak's performances have
caught the eye of Paris Saint Jermaine. But Poland have yet to
find their groove in front of goal with only one between them so far.
Two men who could have a very significant role in the outcome of
this game, the two captains, Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert
Lewandowski. The referee took charge of the England versus Wales game
earlier in the Championship. Portugal's goalkeeper Rui Patricio
did not have a shot to save in the last game against Croatia. Raphael
Guerreiro is injured. Jose Fonte keeps his place in the starting XI.
Renato Sanches, the much talked about 18-year-old stars in the game
and the attack is led by Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo who is one goal
short of equalling the all-time record of nine at the finals held by
Michel Platini. We will have a moment of applause in
memory of the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack in Turkey. And in
memory of the victims of other attacks which have occurred during
the Uefa Euro 2016 finals. The final checks are being made by
the referee here at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. Let the
quarterfinals begin. And it is Poland or in white who get us under
way against Portugal. Kevin kill than is alongside me in the
commentary box. A hard one to call. Yes, it is, particularly seeing that
Poland got through their group with relative ease. It was not the case
with Portugal. It is a difficult one to call. 50-50 in any sense of the
way. It has been a solid defence from Poland so far. Meanwhile Kamil
Glik has had a ban on the nose. No major damage done. He is made of
tough stuff, the Turin defender. He will be signing for Monaco after the
conclusion of these championships. Poland are not simply a defensive
outfit. No, that is not the case. Robert Lewandowski has scored inside
two minutes. The captain deliveries in the big game for Poland. They
have waited a while for a goal on this particular European stage.
Robert Lewandowski fires Poland ahead early in my say. -- my say.
And that is the first goal he has scored at the European Championships
since the opening match four years ago in Warsaw. Cedric gets caught
under the posts. It is poor defending from Cedric. Lewandowski
just hold back away from Thursday Fonte and Pepe and gets himself in a
great position. That is as good a finish that you will see from
Lewandowski. What a start for Poland. What start to the match and
Lewandowski, his first goal of European Championship, but he has
hardly had any chances at all given the way the matches have panned out.
More of them have fallen to Milik. It will do him the world of good,
but you can see the class that Lewandowski possesses with that
finish. To guide the ball away from the goalkeeper, excellent. The last
time I saw Portugal, they waited the end of two hours to get a shot on
target. It ended up in the back of the net as well, but Portugal have
to come out and play now. That is Ronaldo on the deck. The one thing
Poland did against Switzerland is they sat back after going in front,
but they cannot do that against this Portuguese side.
William is a man mountain. Not the best technically going forward I
feel. That was Mario stretching, trying to reach the ball. Fabianski
did not start the first game. Boy checks as Chesney did. But I think
Fabianski has played very well. He has had an excellent tournament.
One thing that is noticeable with Jose Fonte coming in, the midfield
is keeping them organised. A word from the German referee.
That was Pazdan with a decisive challenge on Adrien Silva.
A positive response from Portugal, looking to get Nani and Ronaldo into
the game. Passing forward quickly. It is a very solid record to have
made the last eight in six European Championships in a row. Portugal
have been in every single quarterfinal since Euro 96. Some are
wondering why they have not gone on to win it with the quality players
they have had over the last five or six years.
That will be a weight of Lewandowski's shoulders. Yes, it
will. His all-round game has been very good. He has held up the ball
very good and he has allowed other players to work around him, but you
need a goal, yes. They have been doubling up and tripling up on him,
he has been getting kicked here and there, but he has created
opportunities for those around him. Pepe will need to be careful because
he is one of the players on a yellow card. Along with William four
Portugal. Also several of the Polish players are all on a yellow and they
would miss the semifinals if they weren't to go through.
Blaszczykowski scored a cracker of a goal against Ukraine. We know how
good he is. He has been finding his way back after an injury a few years
ago. The Polish are a very hard-working side. They have got
technical ability, but it is the work rate that they have got off the
ball that allows the players to progress from that.
No wonder Portugal are keen to get on with it.
Ronaldo has not quite come into the tournament. He was excellent in the
game against Hungary. In that last game against Croatia he had very
little chances. No strikes on target. Very low-key from Ronaldo in
this tournament. Raphael Guerreiro played very well
in the last game. I was impressed with him.
Fired in from Nani and Fabianski with all the time in the world to
watch it drop from the sky. Excellent from Sanches. Ronaldo was
also clever enough to buy a bit of space in the area. Ronaldo looks
more switched on tonight than he did against Croatia where he hardly had
a touch on the ball. He was anonymous and I cannot remember the
last time you can say that about Ronaldo. He is bang on it tonight.
He looks sharp and bright. Hopefully for us this is a good sign of things
to come this evening. Jose Bove on pay and Cedric have got
a new club manager in place now, a Frenchman. Krychowiak is the player
who dictates play for Poland going forward. He dictate the tempo of the
play. He has been superb at this Championship. I thought he was
superb in the Europa League final against Liverpool. He had an
outstanding second-half in that match. He has got plenty of
experience of playing in France. Portugal are looking lively in
response. Yes, Cedric is getting forward, they are prepared to take
chances. I felt he could have gone into the penalty area before looking
to find Ronaldo with that pass. 33rd match at the European
Championship finals four Portugal. No other team has played more than
Portugal at the championships without having lifted the trophy at
some point. So close, when they hosted it in 2004. Semifinalists
four years ago as well. That was poor defending.
There was a Fonte joining Pepe inside the Polish penalty area. That
was a little loose. A flag is up on the near side.
There is the man who scored the goal that separates the two teams. It did
not take him long to get up to speed. When you look at it it was
poor defending, total misjudgement from Cedric. But Grosicki has the
awareness of Lewandowski's position. Lewandowski has got a taste for it
now. He finds Milik and Milik really has
a taste for it. Well read from Krychowiak initially to find Milik.
He gets a strike on early, just off target. It is his positions that he
takes up, he is an excellent reader of the game. I mentioned he dictated
play before, but he is a great player. He went down straightaway.
The referee was quick with the whistle. The first free kick of what
will probably be several from Cristiano Ronaldo. With little
success it has to be said. We are looking for the man to step up at
some stage. We see lots of stats and one of them tells us that Cristiano
Ronaldo has had 40 direct free cakes at major tournaments for Portugal
and he has not managed to score with any of them and he has not managed
to score with 41 now. Lewandowski with the shot. The
goalkeeper was right behind it. That is super play. Initially for Milik
down the right-hand side, but Lewandowski just held up. It was a
decent enough strike. Good play, brilliantly done, but
again that White wall was lying in wait.
He did neither one thing nor the other, Grosicki. It was great
hold-up play from Lewandowski, but there was no real support. When you
see the impact that was it you can have as a key contributing attacker
for Poland will stop I have seen him being linked with Everton. He is
having an excellent tournament. His style would suit the Premier League.
He has got pace and power and he is a real up and down. If Everton can
get him, it will be an excellent signing for them.
Look at the space he has to run into. Lewandowski did well to
control the ball. Away from the boot of Eliseu and Ronaldo is down
easily. I like the way referees have tried to keep the game moving. I
think it is exciting when you see a few challenges being put in. So
often, you see referees killing the flow of the match. By and large, the
referees have been outstanding. Very little big mistakes that have been
made. 20 minutes in. Portugal have had
more of the play. Poland with the goal. And the threat on the break.
Every player is willing to play for each other. When a player leaves his
position, another will fill his gap. Poland work well as a unit. In
Lewandowski they have a real leader. More than anything, you describe
them as a very hard-working team. And it's why they play the basic
football they are singing off the same sheet. Everybody knows their
role in the side. Milik now! Turning aside, but Pepe a ball to turn the
ball aside. That is the aerial threat from Lewandowski. Pepe does
well to block the strike in the end. They are so good on the
counterattack, Poland, with the pace and power they've gotten that side,
difficult to stop. Beautiful play, this is sensational.
And, in the end, Grosicki couldn't find his team-mate in the centre to
finish off what would have been a truly wonderful goal. Wonder goal
that would have been! That was excellent from Poland. Portugal
couldn't get near them. One touch passing. Superb to watch. When
Grosicki gets in that position, could he take the strike instead of
pulling the ball back for Grosicki? Build-up of the highest quality from
Poland. Poland looking good here. Pepe again
called on in the centre. They will need all his experience this evening
by the looks of things. Didn't quite pick up the flight of that ball from
Milik. Right on top now, Poland, played some excellent football. A
quarter of the way through the match now. Poland on the front foot here.
Superb play by Piszczek. The right back.
Here is the move from a moment or two ago. I think Grosicki could have
gone for gold because his first touch gets away from him, then he
has to go for the ball back. If he sets himself perfectly, he can go
across Rui Patricio and take on the strike himself.
Nani scored a couple of goals in France in the group stages.
Sanches sense the break, and Maczynski got on the wrong side of
him. Sanches came on the second half in the games before tonight. He's
been given this opportunity. Two months older than Marcus Rashford,
the 18-year-old. He is a player that carries the ball as well. He is
prepared to passport but also carry 30-50 yards, which is what Portugal
lacked in the first few games when, certainly in the starting XI...
Meteoric rise to someone who made their debut last year and is now
moving to Bayern Munich in the summer.
That's the thing about Poland. Once they don't have possession, when
they are in 4-2-2... Serious lack of movement in the penalty area. They
were looking for Joao Mario to try to stretch the full-back,
Jedrzejczyk, but that was poor from Portugal in that position. Hajek and
hopeful from Fonte. Pretty quiet for Fabianski in Poland's goal. Hasn't
really been tested so far. No, not at all. It has been Portugal's
tournament. They haven't tested the oppositions' goalkeepers.
Very soft free kick. Going Poland's way.
Piszczek, slow on the uptake, but Nani was on. In towards Ronaldo with
a chance to shoot! First save required from Fabianski but, in the
end, it was routine for the goalkeeper. Could one outer have
picked out Joao Mario? I don't think there's any sort of chance in that
position Ronaldo isn't taking the strike on. It is a deliberate under
his feet. Big night for Rinaldo because he will have seen his great
rival Messi come off in the Copa America, and although Portugal and
the red-hot favourites, in terms of his career, this is likely to be the
best chance he will get to win some silverware. When you get to the
stage of the tournament, you can feel it. They fancy their chances
against Poland. We felt it is a 50-50 game but it is a big chance to
progress. And win a major tournament and get one up on his main rival.
Long way to go in this game. Just over an hour remaining of the 90
minutes. Nani is training with Fenerbahce
these days in Turkey. Patient play from Portugal. Towards
Ronaldo! And Portugal claiming they should get a penalty kick from that
challenge from Pazdan. The referee isn't having any of it. It is a
clear file from Pazdan. He knows Rinaldo is the wrong side of him.
That is a clear penalty and it is a poor decision from the referee.
Poland got away with one first. You have to see the officials, there is
a system behind the goal. See, I think the referee was in a decent
position. Absolutely. 19 to the dozen trying to get the
better of Cedric. That was much less of a foul than the last one. Didn't
need to make any contact, Grosicki. Why barge over? Ronaldo should have
had a penalty at the other end. Sanches. Portugal probing, starting
to threaten. Again, it doesn't reach Rinaldo. Glik gets his head on the
ball. Ronaldo is a little bit on his heels. He could have attacked the
ball, made a challenge against Glik. Sanches is a little heavy footed
with that. You still get the impression there
is plenty more to come from him, not the finished product, is he?
Exactly. I know Bayern Munich have spent a lot of money on him but he
still has the next two or three seasons to become more relevant.
Fonte gets the free kick. Sanches with Cedric just outside.
Takes the return, shoots, and Portugal are level. Sanches finds
the corner of the net! And the 18-year-old has his country in
raptures. They are backing this quarterfinal. -- back in. The coach
put him in the starting XI at last, and the decision has been more than
vindicated. Well, Poland are a little static but take nothing away
from Sanches. Excellent touch from Nani, but once Sanches sees the eyes
of Nani, he plays it in straightaway, immediately on the
move. A little slow to react, the Polish players. Maczynski tries to
get out, slight deflection on the strike, but the goalkeeper had no
chance. Very good response from Portugal after going behind. It is a
super finish. What a time and what an occasion to school your first
goal for your country. Yes, tremendous. We have a real game on
our hands here. It looked too close to call before the kick-off. I think
on the balance of play, you'd say Portugal deserved to have something
from this first half. Just pressing the buttons. Just going into another
gear. I felt they should have had a penalty, deserved the penalty. On
the balance of play, probably is right. Stretch from Carvalho, and
acronym back to his goalkeeper. -- Pepe. Good intensity to this one. We
see how Portugal were lacking intensity in the last game. Has been
a better response, more time to recover as well, has helped them.
Only the second goal Poland have conceded in France in this
championship. It is their turn to respond but Jedrzejczyk not able to
keep the ball in play. Cedric started the last game and kept his
place for this one. Lewandowski, held up by Carvalho but
still able to work it out via Krychowiak over to Piszczek.
It takes a little deflection! Putting the goalkeeper under
pressure, still not cleared! Ronaldo ends up on the deck after that
challenge from Krychowiak. We keep saying Poland are a real
threat on the counterattack themselves. An excellent ball from
Glik. Wasn't great goalkeeping from Rui Patricio. That is a threat they
carry, and it was a heavy challenge from Krychowiak. This is the strike,
deflecting off Cedric. Wasn't the most orthodox of goalkeeping. He did
flap rather, Rui Patricio. If you have to punch it, get a good fist of
it. That is a simple ball to catch. Just catch it to.
Blaszczykowski has been playing his football in Florentine on loan from
Dortmund. He has got a little tangled up in with Joao Mario. I
don't know why it Joao Mario is making the challenge. Blaszczykowski
is going away from goal, he is no threat, they have four bodies around
him. This is a real chance now for Poland.
That's another free kick from the referee. Clear foul on Pepe. That is
what you want on the striker, he's made the right run, Nani, does he
take the touch all a tough? As soon as he lays it off, it frees up
Sanches, and it is a good strike. Not too sure if he's going for gold
where, Eliseu. Well dealt with in the end but it provides another
chance for Portugal. Piszczek wasn't quick enough. It was stooping out of
the way. Fonte is heading towards the far post and it just gets away
from the Southampton defender. Milik is happy to let it roll out of play.
Haven't seen the best of him, Milik, in these championships. He has
scored many goals for Ajax. And Dennis Bergkamp has spoken highly of
his talents. Had great chances against Germany in their second
match. Potentially would have beaten the world champions in that game, it
was 0-0 win that game. Inside the last five minutes of the
first half. The Portuguese fans in the crowd are
trying to lift their team. Nani waits in the middle. Ronaldo
directing operations. Nani trying to control, and also
trying to win a free kick. Poland attempting to break. That was an
untidy tangle on the halfway line between Jedrzejczyk, and Cedric, and
he gets the yellow card, Jedrzejczyk, said he would miss the
semifinal, should they get through. He knows he is a breakaway,
Jedrzejczyk. He feels as though he has no option.
Jedrzejczyk will need to be careful here. Nani. And Cedric, who has
already put in a couple of decent deliveries in this game. That was
good play from Sanches. It off a little bit more than he could chew,
ultimately. He has real ability, doesn't he? That little not to make.
Milik got himself back into position but he didn't need to be so hasty on
the Challenger on Milik. He's doing nowhere. All he can do is give the
ball back, Milik. First little showboat of the
evening. He likes watching that, too, on the big screen!
He has to use the options to his right hand side, Nani. Never really
set to take the strike on. So, first half largely devoid of
stoppages. One minute of stoppage time at the end of this first half.
It has been sporadic from Poland but it is a dangerous looking threat in
the final third from them at times. Grosicki. Mac Jedrzejczyk! That was
a timely block from Pepe. Just lack quality at times.
Excellent work from Grosicki again but could he do better? Once you get
in that position, Jedrzejczyk has to do better, picking out his
team-mate. Poland looking as though they do not
want to do anything daft in the final seconds before the break. One
minute of added time just starting now. They have been a little bit on
the back foot since that goal. He is going to take it all the way back to
Fabianski. Just 30 seconds or so remaining before the half-time
whistle. It will be a goal kick for Rui
Patricio. The referee from Germany has not had too much to do in this
first half, but there was one big call, the challenge of Pazdan on
Cristiano Ronaldo. I think he got that one wrong. His assistants were
in good positions I felt. I good game, finely balanced and we are no
nearer to discovering who will go through to play in the semifinals.
Lewandowski with a goal in the second minute of the game, but
Portugal working hard to get back in the game and Renato Sanches with the
equalising goal after 33 minutes. At the break in Marseille it is 1-1.
So, will we have a winner over the next 45 minutes or will another half
an hour be required after that? Who knows, the drama of penalty kicks.
Finely balanced, a good game, played in a great setting as Portugal get
us under way in the second half. No changes made by either manager at
half-time. I think Portugal finished the first
half the rather more positive of the two. Yes, I think that is true.
Poland retreated a little bit early and they allowed the pressure to
gather. They allowed the pressure to mount upon them by sitting too deep.
Pazdan is hobbling around a little. Kamil Glik has been busy,
impressively solid so far in the match.
Switching the play, but only found the head of Cedric.
But Poland still on the front foot. A slight misunderstanding with his
long-time club colleague. Krychowiak drops right back among
the defenders when they are in possession.
He is urging his team-mates to move a little further forward.
Poland are looking to get back into their stride a little having been
pegged back by Portugal late in the first half.
Portugal's defence is holding firm. Into the centre towards Lewandowski.
It is another excellent cross from the right-hand side, Piszczek put in
an ball once again. Cedric did well because it was difficult for
Lewandowski to get any power on. Cedric was just leaning in and put
Lewandowski off. Portugal are looking to reach the semifinals for
the fifth time in seven appearances. Quite an extraordinary record. But
also the fact the country have never actually gone on to win the European
Championships. Not yet anyway. This is the third encounter between
the nations at a major finals. Poland won 1-0 at the World Cup in
1996. Piszczek was penalised for that
challenge on man, but there was not much in it.
Renato Sanches is a bright spark in that Portuguese midfield, not just
because of the goal, but the way he has played. That was floated in
almost onto the head of Ronaldo. Sanches has been excellent. He
started on the right-hand side, but he is always prepared to come in and
be creative, just like he did with the goal.
Adrien Silva did not make the most of that. So often I have seen
Portugal look to get Ronaldo on the ball and it is far too early and
they choose the wrong passes to get him on the ball.
It was easy for Fabianski. It is a better break. Ronaldo freed up
Sanches out wide. Poland are now on the move with Lewandowski who has
come out wide on to this nearside. Have Poland got the craft and the
guile to go on and win this match. Before this they had only scored
three goals in cuatro matches -- four matches. They need to start
opening up their creativity. The threat from Poland is coming in on
the counterattack. They are trying to make Portugal forced the issue.
But when Portugal drop a little bit deeper, they find it difficult to
find that creative spark in that side.
After the competitive intensity of the first half at the moment since
the restart of the second they are like two boxers who are eyeing each
other up in the middle of the ring. A serious lack of intensity in this
half tonight. The flag was up straightaway. Renato
Sanches is a lucky boy. He switched off totally and allowed Jedrzejczyk
to run off him. Poland will have to do something
that they have never managed to do before, School more than one goal in
the major European final. Ronaldo snatched at that one on an
angle that was closing all the time. It was a great move. He has got to
go across goal. Mario made such a long, bursting run to get into that
position. It never troubled Fabianski from that angle.
A lot of Poland's play is going through Krychowiak, who is
constantly barking at his team-mate in this second half.
That he wins a corner kick. He just delays it. It was an excellent touch
from Milik to free him up and down the right.
Pepe was caught in getting it away and Portugal will have a free kick.
Pepe is back on his feet. Rui Berthoud
will get it up and running. We have not seen so much of Nani. He has not
had a serious impact on the match over all. In terms of the general
play he is a little quieter. Now perhaps the chance for Portugal
to break. Ronaldo is over on the far side.
Poland have plenty back behind the ball. A deflection and very
straightforward for Fabianski. Again he had a better option there,
Eliseu. Play wide to Mario. I thought he committed a foul,
Eliseu, but it has gone the other way.
Once he gets the ball he feels a slight hand and he tries to put his
leg around Piszczek. He has fouled him, hasn't he? It is baffling. It
is more the reaction of Eliseu who has gone over, it has conned the
referee. A good intervention once more from
Pepe. It was another excellent break with William Carvalho and Nani
involved. Half an hour to go, very finely
balanced. It will be a throw for Cedric of
Portugal. Grosicki is being kept in the side by the national team
manager for this game. Grosicki plays his football in France.
Mario with a brewer bought in towards Nani. Good movement again
from Nani, but that is a big chance for Cristiano Ronaldo. With a pool
ball in towards Nani. Portugal look the most threatening
going forwards. Ronaldo has had a better game today without having had
too many chances overall. Don't forget, Kevin, they have got players
like Ricardo Quaresma who they can bring on as well who has made a
great impact in other matches. Krychowiak covered an awful lot of
ground and then he conceded a free kick. He was a bit unlucky. Pepe
just checks his run a little bit and once he feels the contact he will
always go over. He knows what he is doing. But Krychowiak is impressive.
Ronaldo is in space outside the area. Cedric joins in. He sends that
one flashing right across the face of the goal. How close was it? It
was a brilliant break. It was struck well enough. Fabianski was beaten,
diving to his right hand side. He is quite happy to see it go past his
post. Nearly 20 minutes into this second
half. Neither side able to really assert any authority on this
quarterfinal tie. Ronaldo cannot move an inch before
Kamil Glik is on to him. And Kamil Glik gets a yellow card. It is his
first of the Championship. It would not affect his potential
participation in the semifinals should he get there. Ronaldo is
clever, he sees him coming out of the corner of his eye. Once Kamil
Glik is committed there is only one outcome.
Kyvat Ho was voted the best player of the tournament at the previous
U21 Championship. It is the second start for Eliseu today. Fernando
Santos was the coach of Greece four years ago.
Jose Fonte is watching the every move of Lewandowski and sticking
close to him. Nani with goals against Iceland and
Hungary in the group stage. Enough to set up the equaliser today.
Just to the wrong side of Lewandowski. Could he have taken on
the strike on again? Grosicki is in a good position. Could he have taken
the strike? On his right foot? Renato Sanches in vain trying to
make an interception. This is good play! Excellent save by
Rui Patricio. Excellent passage of play. Jedrzejczyk is in a different
position, he does well to hook it back across goal. It is a movement
of Milik getting across Pepe. Pepe takes the power out of the strike
with the challenge, comfortable save down to his left, Rui Patricio. He
had plenty of time to drop down on the ball. Now Portugal are on the
attack. Just behind for a corner. Usual suspects in the penalty area.
Away comes Blaszczykowski. Has he chosen the right way? Adrien Silva,
did he foul? Now it is with Lewandowski, the referee will come
back and have a look at that as Lewandowski can't find a team-mate
inside the penalty area. Good interception by Piszczek, and
sliding in is Joao Mario. And Dr Felix Brych, the referee, is going
to perhaps have a word or two. Yes, he is, and it'll be a yellow card
for Adrien Silva. I think the referee missed it, the assistant
spotted it. He alerted the referee. 20 minutes to go of the 90. We're
looking for one big moment, and tweak? Lewandowski has been banged
on the side of the head. Cedric cannot find Nani in the
centre once more. Portugal with time in possession,
Poland sitting back. Adrien Silva can't break clear from
Piszczek. Pazdan keeping very close tabs on Ronaldo. Which she clearly
didn't like very much. No, he didn't. The one in the first half
was a clear foul, should have been a penalty. Pazdan shepherds Ronaldo
away. Portugal are preparing to make a change. Free kick. We may have
that change now. Joao Moutinho is going to come on. 88th cap. There is
the foul by Grosicki. And Joao Moutinho... Gets the call. Renato
Sanches having a word with the manager, and Adrien Silva is the
player to go off, and the man who had his name taken just a couple of
minutes ago. So, Adrien Silva started the last couple of matches.
He is off and with 17 minutes to go, Joao Moutinho, passed a experienced,
he has played in Monaco, left out against Croatia, on at half-time
against Hungary, but on the business end of this game. It is a good
return for him because he's has been struggling with injury. He will keep
the side ticking over. He can pick out passes as well. He has been
struck with an ankle injury for the last couple of months.
Involved quickly at the heart of things for Portugal, Joao Moutinho.
Eliseu, well forward and out of possession now. Ball hadn't gone out
of Blaszczykowski. Grosicki looked for a chance but
didn't come Oakley close to finding the net, never mind testing the
goalkeeper. It was a poor end to a positive break. Blaszczykowski and
Piszczek getting beyond the Portuguese players but that is a
poor effort by Grosicki. Krychowiak will win headers all day
long. 15 minutes to go of the 19. Can somebody prize this game open?
The first two passes that move were great. Yes, super touch from
Ronaldo, and Joao Moutinho. He is starting to dictate play, picking
out but passes from midfield. He has hit the ground running, hasn't he?
Yes. Some frustrating moments for them,
Portugal. I think he is in a great position, Joao Moutinho, why not get
the touch and get to run out? He's too hasty to get the ball in and
choosing the wrong option, time time again.
Piszczek was able to stick his foot in and reclaim possession for
Poland, perhaps only momentarily. Lewandowski tussling with Carvalho
for it. Rui Patricio, it is his 50th cap
today. A lot of the play from Portugal
going straightaway through Joao Moutinho. Joao Mario wins the
corner. You can sense the tension in the air
inside the stadium. The spectators and nervous, caution is the
overpowering emotion for many of the players. Pepe is up for this one!
Straight at the goalkeeper. Better corner, better set delivery. If
there was any sort of better direction, the goalkeeper is beaten
but fortunately for Fabianski, it is straight at him. He certainly hit it
firmly enough. Yes, great power. Lewandowski makes his move into the
middle of the penalty area... It is a goal kick. Better from Cedric.
Certainly the start of the game when he was overrun at the beginning, he
has settled very well and he has done very well up against Grosicki.
Joao Mario is the player being replaced. And if ever there was an
impact substitute Sunny in the last couple of games, it has been
Quaresma, who headed in the winner for Croatia late in extra time. And
also with his first touch against Hungary, provided the delivery from
the left-hand side from which Ronaldo headed home and equalising
goal. He has got technical ability, gifted footballer. He might not be
able to last 90 minutes at times but when he comes on, he has the
ability. Renato Sanches! They just can't get the ball off him
even though they are doubling up. Finally Poland push forward.
Interception by Pepe! That deflection from Jedrzejczyk
sliding in almost put it into the corner of the net. If it comes
beyond Jedrzejczyk, you would fancy Ronaldo. Pepe has excellent
awareness. Jedrzejczyk, he is so fortunate. He is the most relieved
man I've seen in a long time. Quaresma, clearly didn't know his
own strength. Pepe blocking off Krychowiak so it couldn't get into
his player. Another substitution. Kapustka, the 19-year-old, is going
to come on and replace Grosicki. Same role, like-for-like in that
sense. Grosicki made an instant impact in the game in the second
minute providing the delivery from which a Mac scored but, you could
argue, as time has gone by, he has been less and less effective. Cedric
has done a very good job on him, the Portugal right back. Logical
substitution. The youngster gives them something different. Some
talent, cemetery expected from him in the future as well. -- so much
talent, so much expected from him. He is one of Poland's stars of the
future. He could accelerate that with a great performance tonight.
Nobody wanting to make a mistake, nobody looking to take the
initiative. Nervousness around the stadium, nervousness on the pitch.
So difficult for anyone to step up and make an impact on the game.
There are players out there who can change the course of the game in an
instant. There is a lot of talent out there
today, if they can harness it properly. It'll be a throw to
Portugal. Ronaldo, two goals at previous
knockout tournaments before tonight. The ball is heaved into the penalty
area, far too close to the goalkeeper. Joao Moutinho is in a
great position, Cedric had a difficult cross.
Inside the last six minutes here. Too many chances in the second half.
Lewandowski, no chance he will catch up with that. Yes, they've gone back
into their mould a little bit, Poland, sitting deep, allowing
pressure to mount, hitting Portugal on the counterattack.
Renato Sanches, the scorer of the equalising goal in the first half.
Flag stays down, could be a chance to Ronaldo! Goodness me. He doesn't
miss chances like that very often. It is superb movement, superb ball
from Joao Moutinho. What a chance for Cristiano Ronaldo to take the
game, take his team through to the next round! Total mis-hit. You can
see his body language, looking at the ground, cannot believe it. Many
things have not gone his way this evening. He has had two or three
glorious opportunities tonight. No better than that. This time, the
ball doesn't find him at all. Blaszczykowski, a player more than
capable of coming up with something. We saw that with Ukraine.
We are in the last three minutes of the 19 now. -- 90. It looks resigned
to extra time. It certainly looks that way.
Again, Ronaldo waits. Again, the central defender gets there first.
Milik will be penalised for that challenge. That was on Joao
Moutinho. Well, Milik looked to me like his eyes are firmly on the
ball. That yellow card was being waved at Kapustka! I think the
referee is indicating it is an incident back up the pitch. It is
Kapustka that is booked. He hasn't been on the pitch very long.
Yes, that is the yellow card. He can't have any complaints about
that. No, he captures Nani quite badly.
Let's have a look at this incident once more. It's one of those. He
leads with his arm, he just captures Joao Moutinho with his elbow. You
have to raise your arm when you jump. He felt very sharply with
that. Here is that chance for Cristiano Ronaldo. What a chance!
What a chance. He has been frustrated at times tonight. That is
his big moment. A similar sort of chance against Iceland, actually,
where he spun away from the defender in a similar sort of situation and
fluffed that one as well. Just over 30 seconds remaining of
this 90 minute 's. The flag goes up on the far side anyway. No
indication as of yet how much added time we are going to have. Clearly
offside. Waiting for the board, which will go
up in the next couple of seconds. Three minutes. Minimum added time.
This is the first quarterfinal at Euro 2016.
Someone might have a chance between now and the end of regulation time.
Turning into trouble in the shape of Renato Sanches.
Renato Sanches is calling out for the ball and is now in possession.
Portugal are content to I'd their time here. To try to pick their
moment. It is a throw in. Too slow, not moving the ball quick enough.
Eliseu is marked, that is easy for Piszczek.
He was hauled back there by Carvalho, a cynical piece of play.
Carvalho would miss the semifinal. That is an easy one, isn't it?
This might be the last chance for Poland, perhaps. Still thinking
about extra time. Rui Patricio hasn't been tested for
a little while in this game, is it about to change? The answer is most
definitely no. Difficult header. The second half was very different
to the first in terms of the way the game was played. The approach to the
match of both sides. Most definitely different. An edgy half. Neither
side has taken the real initiative in the match. Both teams went to
extra time in the last 16 and both will have to do the same in the
quarterfinals. 1-1 after 90 minutes. Lewandowski giving Poland a
blistering start with a goal in the second minute of the game. Renato
Sanches with an equaliser before the end of first time, but an edgy
second-half means we will have extra time, and who knows, maybe penalties
after that. At the end of full-time it is 1-1.
Another long day at the office for both of these sides. It is the
second time in the knockout stages already is the first period of extra
time gets under way. What is interesting here is that Portugal
have not won a match in 90 minutes. That is in this Championship. Yet
they could be a semifinalist by the end of the evening. They did not win
a group game. They level 0-0 with Croatia after 90 minutes. They have
not been fluent, it has not been great to watch, but they are still
in it. Ronaldo almost in there about four
yards out. That is another one. Cristiano Ronaldo made up a lot of
ground. A brilliant ball from Eliseu.
In an excellent block from Blaszczykowski.
William always takes his time in possession.
Well covered from Pazdan. Pazdan and Kamil Glik do not mess around. That
is as good as anything he has had tonight. You expect him to score.
Again it is Sanches switching off and allowing Piszczek to run away
from him. We saw it in the first half.
Poland in their first European quarterfinal. He just lingered in
possession long enough. He is a good footballer, Krychowiak.
It looks like he could have a goal in him as well. He is a tremendous
footballer. We are almost five minutes into the
first period of extra time. Still Ronaldo and Nani wait in the middle.
We are going to see a change for Portugal. Dan Neil will come on. He
will come off the bench for the third match in a row. It is William
who is being replaced now. William, who has had his name taken by the
referee already, is replaced by another holding midfield player. I
think he is technically a better footballer than William. It will be
easier for him to pick the passes out. He is quite pacey as well. His
job primarily will be to try to break the play up and get them going
forward. He is a better passer of the ball than William. Portugal have
played all their cards now. Good movement to free a little bit
of space for Ronaldo. We are going to see a change for Poland.
He came off the bench in extra time against Switzerland in the last
game. He is a defensive midfield player and he has appeared in every
match so far. Portugal get the game moving once
more. The delivery was not bad. Bull. More frustration from Ronaldo
in there. That Nani has to take the header on. Ronaldo was lining
himself up for the strike. There was movement there from him to take
Pazdan away, to free up the chance for Quaresma.
Quaresma might have been a better option. There was a lack of movement
from Cristiano Ronaldo. For Quaresma it was an easy pass.
He almost inadvertently settled the game in the second half.
Sliding in and almost putting it in his own net. That would have been a
horrible way to lose. Milligan shoes. It was great
movement from Lewandowski. He frees up Milik. He went for power.
If you try and whip the ball, you have a better chance to get the
strike on target. Quaresma is calling out for the ball
on the near side of the field. Stalemate. Yes, very much so. A good
opportunity down the left with Eliseu freeing himself up, but there
was a lack of a telling cross. Fernando Santos, the coach of
Portugal, was quite animated down at the touchline a few minutes ago.
More animated than his players in the last few minutes!
The general direction of Ronaldo, even though he was always second
favourite to get to the ball. That was collected by Kapustka. A
foul. That was a superb break, an excellent ball from Lewandowski.
Pepe knows his position and he knows there are Poland players all around
him. Straight at Fabianski. Good play
initially from Nani. A comfortable save for Fabianski. Just like Jose
Fonte's header, straight at him. But if he had got power on it, Fabianski
would have been struggling. It was a good first half. It was very
exciting in the first half with really good spells in the match, but
the longer the game has progressed, it has got a little bit edgy. If you
were playing for either of these sides, would you be thinking, yes, I
will take penalties in this situation? I can understand the way
the game is going, you do not want to make the mistake at this stage,
you want to see it through. Croatia went for it late on and left
themselves open to the counterattack. I am sure these sides
are more than aware of that. You ask the question and the answer would be
yes, in this position. Lewandowski did not get the throw
that he was hoping for. We are in the last minute of the
first period of extra time. No hint of a goal. No, none at all, apart
from the Ronaldo chance at the beginning of extra time.
Unbeaten in their last 11 fixtures under Fernando Santos. All eight
winds whereby a single goal. One more go either way could well decide
this one, indeed if we do see another goal.
It is the end of the first period of extra time and we are still no
nearer to discovering who will go through to the last four. A first
period of extra time largely devoid of goal-scoring opportunities. Just
that half chance that fell to Cristiano Ronaldo right at the
start. But it got caught between his feet. This was a good game earlier
on this evening, but it is sometime ago now. Yes, I know. It has
progressively got worse from a spectator's point of view. Let's
hope that somebody tries to win the game. We do not just sleep walk
towards penalty kicks. We know what Blaszczykowski is
capable of. But it did not work that time. Slightly off-balance. He was
never really set. Can that man make a difference?
Portugal in both of their knockout matches so far have been, can we
take, somewhere short of scintillating. The game against
Croatia was the worst I can remember for a long time. So much hope and
expectancy going into the game, particularly Croatia went the way
they have been playing in the group. It certainly was a let down. It was
the first game in the championships since 1980 where neither side had a
shot on target in the first 90 minutes.
The deflection off Pepe will carry it behind for a corner and a chance
for Poland to put some pressure on Rui Patricio plasma gold for the
first time in a while. Milik with the former. Kamil Glik
was thinking about a header, but then he realised the ball was not
high enough. Everybody is back defending that penalty area for
Portugal. That is a surprisingly easy clearance. But Quaresma cannot
keep it in. The game continues to meander towards what would seem an
inevitable conclusion. Which is a shame after the first half we have.
We were expecting so much in this match. But it is understandable. You
do not want to take any risks and you do not want to end up costing
your side, particularly at this stage in a major tournament.
We have a spectator running on the pitch. He is rugby tackled to the
ground. Well, that is not what we want to see, but it has woken the
crowd up. He made a beeline for Cristiano Ronaldo. It will give the
players an opportunity to take some more fluids on board, which I am
sure they will be keen to do. I should think in the current
climate our friend who has run onto the pitch will be in even more
trouble than he might have been in in gentler times. The spectator is
being carted out of the ground and we can get on with the match now. It
could have been quite a scary moment for the players, let's be honest.
You could see Ronaldo himself he could see that man out of the corner
of his eye and he had that worried look. But it was an act of
stupidity. Let's try and get on with the game.
Five minutes gone in the second period of extra time.
And increasingly sterile spectacle this evening after a promising
beginning. From both teams as well. The way that Poland started the
match themselves. They were still a threat on the counterattack
throughout that half. Suddenly out of your picture there are dozens of
riot police wandering along behind the goal at the edge where the
spectators are. Headed behind for a corner. It was a
good break. It was a good position from Jedrzejczyk. It is a chance for
Pepe and Jose Fonte to get forward. They have been a threat in this game
from set pieces. Pepe had to stretch to keep it in the penalty area.
Portugal tried to break and the Neil Ohmae surely could not. But it was
right underneath the referee's knows. He knew exactly what he was
doing, it was a good break. Both Glik and Pazdan have been kept
on their toes this evening. Poland look as though they are
prepared to take their chances. With penalty kicks. There is no urgency
here at all, is there? Realistically, from 75 minutes
onwards, this was the pattern. Let's hope the other quarterfinals are
better than this one. Onto the head of Pepe, who gets it away. Poland
are now with a chance. Poland have the throw. Surely, somebody from
either side will get a chance between now and the end of extra
time? Harmlessly out of play. It was
Kapustka. It is a difficult cross for him to stand at up to the far
post, Kapustka. No real movement as well. Lewandowski only by the post.
Quite easy for Portugal to see through.
The ball in from Piszczek was a little bit too adventurous for
Blaszczykowski. Pepe saw it coming. Throw in for Poland. No, the other
way. There was a change of mind. Yes, there was, from the advice of
the assistant referee. The game is just being played in the middle
third. Very little in either final third of the pitch.
Fabianski not tested for quite awhile in this match well now.
What stodgy fare we have had in extra time.
Even Poland's coach looks lost for words!
We struggled to find too much to say, we hoped for some spark in the
match but there was none provided. Is there some late spark for Poland?
Not if Pepe has anything to say. He's done well for them today. And
he had to win the header as well. We are in the 118th minute of the game.
Renato Sanches, can he summon up some extra reserves of energy that
will take him towards the goal before Glik gets there? No.
Not interested in going over the halfway line, Blaszczykowski. Poland
look tired. Blaszczykowski is contented to see this through. And
this is the header that Pepe has to win because Lewandowski was coming
in behind him. A couple of minutes left in extra time and we are
heading for penalties. 30 minutes have offered nothing so
far. As a spectacle, it has been
absolutely awful at times. Absolutely dreadful. The longer it
has gone on, no one is willing to take that chance. Portugal have a
chance of being in the semifinals. They haven't won a single match in
90 minutes, the whole of the time they've been here!
Will we have some late drama in extra time? There was drama the
other day when Portugal took us into extra time against Croatia. Was not
as late as this. The last 30 seconds of extra time.
Who wants to win this? There could be a late chance here
for Poland! Potentially... Piszczek with the shot. That might be it. Dr
Felix Brych has had a little look at the watch. We have one minute of
added time in extra time. But from what we have seen, they could add
100 more minutes and it trouble believe would not change anything.
Yes, severe lack of urgency in the game, isn't there? Credit to Pepe,
first out, he has had a good game from Portugal's point of view.
If it is going to happen before penalty kicks, it has to happen now,
but it is off the head of Piszczek and out of play. A little look at
the watch from the referee. Portugal need to get the ball into the
penalty area now, surely! But the referee blows the final whistle.
Pounds of Torossian cask eight down from the stadium because after 120
minutes, we have ended level between Poland and Portugal, 1-1.
Lewandowski in the second minute, Renato Sanches in the 33rd. A match
which started so brightly and so strongly and so competitively slowly
slipped away. And, in the end, it turned into a turgid stalemate.
Here we go, then. Penalty kicks in Marseille. In the first
quarterfinal. They are going to take place at the
end of the ground where there are a large number of Polish spectators.
And it is they who are roaring and cheering loudly at that prospect.
Cristiano Ronaldo, having on previous occasions held softback to
take the decisive winning penalty, has put himself forward here. To put
his side on the road to victory by putting the first one in the.
So, Cristiano Ronaldo with the first penalty here in Marseille against
Fabianski of Swansea and Poland. Deafening whistles in his ears.
Didn't trouble Ronaldo! Slamming the ball home. 1-0, Portugal. Positive
start. Cristiano Ronaldo waiting for Fabianski to move before drilling it
the other way. Great start for Portugal.
So, now it is Lewandowski. The man who scored that goal so early in the
evening. He put his penalty away in the top corner against Switzerland.
What will he try and do here? Lewandowski against Rui Patricio,
completely different but the same result. Calm and composed.
Lewandowski again waits for the goalkeeper to move. Before stroking
it into the other corner. Same outcome, excellent penalty. And
Renato Sanches, who true Portugal level has put his hand up. That is
some responsibility. He has had an excellent game.
Decisive, firmly struck, confident, and in keeping with his performance
this evening. Yes, totally. Waiting for the goalkeeper to move. He's
gone the wrong way twice now, Fabianski. Milik will come up to
take the next one now for Poland. He scored his spot kick in the shoot
out the other day. Will he keep his nerve? Or will Rui Patricio have the
final say? This to make it 2-2. And that is
precisely what it is. Format good penalties so far. Milik, again,
waiting for Rui Patricio to move. Top-class penalty, calm and
composed. Joao Moutinho is going to come up and take the third one for
Portugal. He came off the bench. And Joao Moutinho sends Fabianski
the wrong way, another excellently taken spot kick. This is a
masterclass in penalty taking, isn't it? Goes early, Fabianski, and Joao
Moutinho/ set into the corner. Well, Glik is making the long walk. It
looks like he is walking into the dentist's, by the look on his face.
He thumped home his penalty against the Swiss the other day. Will he go
for the same strategy here? Well, he sent the ball at a fair
rate of not. Will the keeper guessed right? Again, the keeper going the
wrong way. He goes for power, Glik. Good penalty but it Rui Patricio
never getting anywhere near it. 3-3. Nani for Portugal. Nani, who scored
twice in regulation time. Not from the spot but from open play. Can he
add an important penalty here to put Portugal 4-3 up? Yes! Seven out of
seven between them these two sides. Seven out of seven, keeper diving
the other way. Composed, waiting for Fabianski to move first. Composure.
Blaszczykowski. Another one who took a kick and scored in the last 16.
First one missed! Saved by Rui Patricio! Blaszczykowski was the
hero the last time they played in this stadium with that wonderful
goal but that's left hand of Rui Patricio just gives Portugal the
advantage here now. Yes, he's well off his line, Rui Patricio. There's
no real conviction from Blaszczykowski. What a chance now
for Portugal. This is decisive. This is Quaresma's
moment for Portugal. He takes his time and he finds the back of the
net! And Portugal have done it on penalty kicks! They are through to
the semifinal! It is they who will be going to Lyon, and Poland are
going home. Only one penalty kick missed. Blaszczykowski's shot saved
by Rui Patricio! And Quaresma, who scored the winning goal in extra
time against Croatia in the last 16 scores the penalty that puts his
team through to the last four. And, suddenly, Cristiano Ronaldo has
forgotten all of the frustrations that he was feeling throughout the
evening. And Poland are left to reflect... On a near miss. Yes, so
close. Quaresma and Ronaldo finished it so well. I feel for
Blaszczykowski. I've been in that position, missing a penalty, and it
is a dreadful feeling. You want to get off the pitch as quickly as
possible but credit to Rui Patricio for saving the penalty and for
Quaresma for finishing it off. Well, Poland have taken nine penalties
here in shoot outs, in the knockout stages, and they've only missed one
of them. But it was that one that has cost them. At the end of the
match that started so well but, in the end, was very, very
disappointing. The penalties were decent, anyway. Portugal win 5-3 on
penalties after a 1-1 draw here in Marseille.
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