Wednesday 13 December 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo misfires again but Portugal edge Poland on penalties to advance to Euro 2016 semi-final

Portugal 1 (5) Poland 1 (3)

Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP / Valery HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a penalty during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Poland and Portugal at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on June 30, 2016. / AFP / Valery HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Portugal survived another stuttering performance from their star man Cristiano Ronaldo to book their place in the final four of Euro 2016.

Their quarter-final with Poland finished 1-1 after extra time, with Jakub Blaszczykowski's missed penalty giving Ricardo Quaresma the chance to seal his country's 5-3 spot kick victory.

The losers started the brighter, with Robert Lewandowski ending his tournament drought with an emphatic drive inside two minutes to open the scoring.

18-year-old Renato Sanches replied shortly after with a deflected shot from outside the area, with the Bayern Munich star giving a bright performance throughout.

The game failed to live up to the hype thereafter, with Ronaldo, in particular, disappointing.

A fresh air volley when through on goal summed up the Real Madrid star's ineffectiveness, although he was harshly denied a first half penalty after what looked like a blatant push in the back.

Penalties were required to separate the sides, and in fairness to Portugal, they excelled in that regard.

Ronaldo, Sanches, Joao Moutinho, Nani and Quaresma all finished with aplomb to see Portugal advance to the semi-final, where they will face either Wales or Belgium.

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