Quaresma scores deciding penalty as Portugal advance to semi-finals

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Updated: July 1, 2016

Portugal are the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 as they beat Poland 5-3 on penalties after the match had ended in 1-1 after 120 minutes of play.

Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski had put Poland ahead just two minutes in to the game but another Bayern München player – the 18 year old wonderkid Renato Sanches – had pulled the score level again midway throught he first half. While that first half was an entertaining one, the second half and subsequent extra time was far more nervous and both teams were afraid to take too many chances.

POR-Quaresma-POL2So penalties would have to decide the first semi-finalist at the 2016 Euros. Both Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo converted the first spotkick, Renato Sanches, João Moutinho and Luis Nani would convert their respective spotkicks for Portugal as did Arkadiusz and Kamil Glik for Poland. Kuba Blaszczykowski however saw his penalty attempt saved by Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, giving the chance to Portugal’s fifth and final spotkick taker – Beşiktaş star Ricardo Quaresma – to decide these quarter-finals in Portugal’s favour. Quaresma struck it hard in the middle of the net and saw his nation through to the semi-finals in which they’ll face either Wales or Belgium.

That other Beşiktaş star – Mario Gómez – will come in action on Saturday as Germany take on Italy. The chance of Mario Gómez and Ricardo Quaresma facing off in the final is increasing by the day.

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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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