Poland vs Portugal – Quarter final – 8pm (TBC) – 30.06.16 – Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Neither side in this tie was able to win their Round of 16 game within 90 minutes.
Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Poland an early lead against Switzerland on Saturday, but a wondergoal from Xherdan Shaqiri pulled Vladimir Petković’s men level before Granit Xhaka’s missed penalty in the shootout saw the Swiss exit the competition.
It was the same Poland that we saw in the group stages – a good enough side to take a lead but not necessarily able to completely dominate an opponent and really secure a victory.
Luckily, in Portugal they face a country who have failed to win a match within 90 minutes at this year’s European Championships, yet find themselves in the quarter finals.
Their round of 16 match against Croatia was a turgid affair that only livened up after 115 minutes of football had been played.
Deep in to injury time of arguably the most boring game at this year’s tournament, Ricardo Quaresma headed the ball into an empty net from two yards out after Daniejel Subasic palmed Ronaldo’s shot into his path.
Unconvincing performances from both sides to set up this Thursday’s tie and, with so much more at stake, I can see this game being even more restrained than the last.
Recommendation: Under 1.5 goals at 2.30
Portugal to win and both teams to score at 10.00
Portugal to Win After Extra Time or Penalties at 4.50
Belgium, France, Germany & Portugal All to Win in 90 mins at 12.00
12pm – 3pm – Portugal to win and BTTS WAS 4.50 NOW 7.00
- This will be Poland and Portugal’s third encounter at a major tournament, their first in the European Championships. They have so far won one each
- Poland are unbeaten in their last three head-to-heads with Portugal (W1 D2).
- Portugal’s last six goals against Poland have all been scored in the second-half.
- Poland have never scored more than one goal in a single game at the Euros
- Poland are in fact the lowest scoring side amongst those to have made it to the quarter-finals (3 goals in 4 games)
- Poland have yet to trail at any point in a game at this year’s European Championships. They’ve only conceded one goal so far in four games.
- Portugal are unbeaten in their 11 competitive fixtures under Fernando Santos (W8, D3), all eight of their wins in that run being decided by a single goal
- The last three goals conceded by Portugal at the Euros have all followed the same pattern: all have been scored from set-pieces and from outside the box.
- Portugal have picked up the fewest cards at Euro 2016 among the teams to have made it to the quarter-finals
- Jakub Blaszczykowski has been directly involved in all five of Poland’s goals in the last two European Championships
- Ronaldo has only scored two goals in 12 knockout games at major tournaments
- Ricardo Quaresma is the most prolific substitute so far at Euro 2016 with one assist and one goal after coming off the bench.