Euro 2016: Poland to face Portugal in quarter-finals, Wales also qualify

Things could have been different for Shaqiri and Switzerland, which has not won a knockout match at a major competition since the 1938 World Cup.

Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.

After 120 minutes of football, the game was ultimately decided by a wayward Granit Xhaka penalty as Poland converted all five of theirs to book their spot in the quarter-finals.

It finished 1-1 after normal time, and then extra time, at Saint-Etienne's Stade Geoffrey Guichard.mBlaszczykowski, nicknamed "Kuba", drilled home his spot kick in the shoot-out.

Poland would finally get on the board in the 39th minute when midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski scored the opener thanks to an inch ideal pass from Kamil Grosicki.

However, nothing on the day matters quite like the bicycle kick from Switzerland attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri.

Robert Lewandowski's troubles in front of the goal continued.

The second duel was in Paris.

It's largely thanks to Bale that the first tournament appearance by Wales in 58 years is going to last at least another week after a cagey 1-0 win over British rival Northern Ireland on Saturday put the Welsh in the quarterfinals.

In a cagey contest, Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland largely succeeded in muzzling Gareth Bale, but the Real Madrid star produced a wicked 75th-minute cross that the hapless McAuley turned into his own net.

Wales next faces the victor of Sunday's Hungary-Belgium game in a quarterfinal on Friday.

Extra time was no different as both sides seemed happy to wait for penalties, but a quick flurry of action in the final minutes saw Ricardo Quaresma steal victory for Portugal. Poland will play either Croatia or Portugal in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Marseille.

Despite netting Poland's first penalty in the shootout, Lewandowski, the top scorer in qualifying with 13 goals, remains without a regular goal in France.

If that was beginning to look as close as the Swiss would come, Shaqiri had a surprise in store, burying a wonderful scissor-kick in off the post after a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross had been half-cleared. Riding on the deciding penalty missed by Granit Xhaka, Poland has now risen through the stages of the tournament to reach the quarter-finals for the very first time.

"They are professional players - they should know they have to go to the other side to celebrate".

So great is the influence of "Cris" that you might think, at points, the Portugal team is composed of one man and ten stooges made from cardboard.

Aaron Ramsey had a goal disallowed for the Welsh side 19 minutes in, while Northern Ireland's best chance came when Stuart Dallas' strike was well saved by Wayne Hennessey.


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