Everyone thought Portugal’s chances of seeing a Euro semifinal was over after Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski opened up the scoring with the second fastest goal in Euro history in the 2nd minute for Poland. They held on to their lead until the 33rd minute when Portugal youngster Renato Sanches found the back of the net.
You might be wondering why my title doesn’t say “Ronaldo leads Portugal to Euro 2016 Semifinal”. I mean he is Portugal’s captain right? I know I’m not the only one who has noticed Ronaldo struggle to find the goal these past few games.With Lionel Messi announcing that he is retiring from Argentina I would have expected Ronaldo to have a stellar performance today to one up his rival, but that is where I’m wrong. He had a few chances like in the 28th minute a set up by Nani to Ronaldo, a powerful shot but not enough to get past Fabianksi. I myself am not Ronaldo’s biggest fan, but I do respect him he is one of the greatest to step foot on a football pitch. I’m hoping Ronaldo gets his goals this tournament.
Going more in depth with the game, it was pretty back and fourth for the most part, but still interesting. There was this one play in the 18th minute I believe between Artur Jedrzejczyk, Arkadiusz Milik and Grosicki the most beautiful passing I’ve seen so far, but it was cut short. Then of course that 28th minute play between Nani and Ronaldo where CR7 proceeded to shout for a penalty after Pazdan took him down from behind. Then, in the 33rd minute Renato Sanches comes in clutch playing a one-two with Nani and takin g a shot at the top of the box where it then deflected off of Krychowiak and past Fabianski. That goal made 18 year old Renato Sanches the youngest ever to score in a Euro knockout stage match. Fast forward to the 55th minute once again Nani playing Ronaldo into the box, but the Portugese captain only found side netting. Putting more pressure on Poland’s side Cedric fired a shot but barely missed in the 64th minute. Five minutes later Jedrzejczyk sent in a cross which found Milik, but Patricio was also there to keep it from happening. 85th minute. Ronaldo alone up top, substitute Joao Moutinho sends in a ball but Ronaldo can’t connect. After neither team finds a second goal in the extra 30 minutes Ronaldo opens up the penalty shootout with a goal down the middle. Now let’s keep it short and simple. Lewandowski, Milik , and Kamil Glik scored their penalties for the Polish side. Sanches, Moutinho, and Nani did as well for the Portugese side. Blaszczykowski’s penalty is denied by Patricio, and Ricardo Quaresma seals the win for Portugal. Crazy night in the Stade Velodrome don’t you think?