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UEFA Knock-out: Poland, Wales, Portugal

UEFA Knock-out: Poland, Wales, Portugal

Xherdan Shaqiri's goal for Switzerland must enter the annals as a candidate for the best goal in the history of soccer, however Poland's defence was equally amazing and impervious. McAuley's own goal saw Wales beat Northern Ireland and Nani-Ronaldo-Quaresma...

 

Xherdan Shaqiri's goal for Switzerland must enter the annals as a candidate for the best goal in the history of soccer, however Poland's defence was equally amazing and impervious. McAuley's own goal saw Wales beat Northern Ireland, although if he had not touched the ball, the Welsh striker (Robson-Kanu) running in behind him would have scored in a match which saw Wales have slightly more possession (55% to 45%) but Northern Ireland had more shots, 3 on goal against Wales' 1 with Hennessey the busier keeper.

 

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Poland 1 Switzerland 1 (5-4 penalties)

Blaszczykowski (39)

                  Shaqiri (82)

Switzerland equalised the game late, having hit the woodwork and having done enough to draw. In general terms it was an even match and Poland showed why and how they had drawen against Germany, the World Champions. The man of the match, though, was Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, whose equalising goal was nothing more than utterly stunning.

Poland

Fabianski, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Maczynski (Jodlowiec),  Milik, Lewandowski (Captain), Krychowiak, Grosicki (Peszko), Glik, Blaszczykowski Piszczek,

Kapusta

Switzerland

Sommer, Lichtsteiner (Captain), Seferovic, Xhaka, Behrami (Gelson Fernandes), Rodríguez, Dzemaili (Embolo), Mehmedi (Derdiyok), Djourou, Schär, Shaqiri

Northern Ireland 0 Wales 1

                        McAuley (og. 75)

Northern Ireland

McGovern, McAuley, Johnny Evans, Davis (Captain), Lafferty, Corry Evans, Dallas, Norwood (McGinn), Hughes, Ward (Washington), Cathcart

 McLaughlin, Ferguson Baird McNair

Wales

Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Ben Davies, Chester, A. Williams (Captain), Allen, Ramsey, Bale, Ledley (J. Williams), Vokes (Hal Robson-Kanu)

 (J. Richards), Edwards

Croatia 0 Portugal 1

                Quaresma (116)

The first ten minutes belong to Croatia, Portugal mounting a slow and predictable attack on 6', Croatia taking control again, until Portugal started to appear more regularly after the first quarter of an hour. Some flashes of brilliance showed why Croatia was playing a containing game and why Portugal's opponents show the greatest respect and do not let them play.

On 25', Pepe headed over from a free kick and Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo here in Lens started to reverberate to the sound of thousands of voices chanting Por-tu-gal over those shouting for Hrvatska (Croatia). The game took off, cruise-mode, played mainly in the midfield between two sides showing copious amounts of mutual respect. Portugal started pressing more but it ended with Croatia in attack. The end of the first half showed a slight superiority to the Croats in terms of ball possession (55% to 45%) with three shots against one.

More of the same at the beginning of the second half, Croatia controlling the game more in the first ten minutes but without creating any situations of danger for the goalmouth defended by Rui Patrício, Portugal coming back into the game but at 90 minutes, the score was 0-0.

Extra time. First half, balanced. 0-0. Second half, balanced, until 116', when the excellent Renato Sanches broke from the Portuguese defense, passed to Nani, who found Ronaldo, whose shot was saved and there was Ricardo Quaresma to fire home. 1-0 for Portugal.

Croatia

Subasic, Strinic, Perisic, Corluka (Kramaric), Rakitic (Pjaca), Modric, Srna (Captain), Brozovic, Mandzukic (Kalinic), Badelj, Vida

Portugal

Patrício, José Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro, Ronaldo (Captain), João Mário (Ricardo Quaresma), William Carvalho, Gomes (Renato Sanches), Nani, Cédric, Adrien Silva (Danilo)

 

Group stage

 

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
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