Quaresma leads Portugal to the EURO quarter-finals

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Updated: June 26, 2016

Beşiktaş star Ricardo Quaresma turned in a rebound three minutes from the end of extra time as Portugal edged a tense encounter with Croatia to book a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final date with Poland

The final fixture of the first day of 1/8 final matches went to extra time, neither team were capable of creating a lot of chances as it turned out to be a tactical battle rather than a football spectacle. Ricardo Quaresma scored three minutes from the end of extra time – seconds after the game’s first shot on target – as Portugal advanced.

After 116 minutes in which the teams failed to muster a single shot on target, Ivan Perišić headed against the upright. Portugal immediately broke through Renato Sanches and he supplied Nani to drill a low ball across the box to Cristiano Ronaldo. Danijel Subašić made the initial save but could only parry Ronaldo’s strike as far as Quaresma who headed in from point-blank range. Quaresma’s 8th goal for Portugal in his 54th cap will easily prove to be the most memorable one.

Ricardo Quaresma has proven to be key for Portugal coming off the bench, providing the all-important assist to Cristiano Ronaldo’s equalizer against Hungary – seconds after coming on – which got Portugal in tot he 1/8 finals to begin with and now he scored the goal that sees his nation through to the quarter-finals against Poland.

Portugal will now face Poland in the quarter-finals in Marseille on Thursday

 

Source: uefa.com

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Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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