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Race for the semi-final at Euro: Poland and Portugal

Bartosz Kapustka who missed the match against Switzerland due to suspension will be available again for Portugal.Wojciech Szczesny is likely to miss the match because of his thigh injury. Another two Portugal players Raphael Guerreiro and Andre Gomes have minor muscle problems. All the players could have available for the match in Marseille if these are declared fit.

One more card will minimise the chance of Pepe, William Carvalho and Ricardo Quaresma from a potential semi-final.

The Polish players who are in the same situation are K Grosicki, A Jedrzejczyk, K Maczynski, M Pazdan, S Peszko and L Piszczek.

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Race for the semi-final at Euro: Poland and Portugal

MATCH PREVIEW

Another elimination for Portugal would be a crushing blow and it may be the last opportunity for Christiano Ronaldo. If he loses today, will he do the same like Lionel Messi?

However, opponents Poland had never won a game at a European Championship finals until this Euro 2016. It will a great chance for them to give their best performance ever at a major tournament if they reach semi-finals last time they were able to do so at 1982 World Cup.

MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Both teams will meet for the third encounter at a major tournament. The most recent victory was enjoyed by Portugal with 4-0 at 2002 World Cup and Poland won 1-0 at the 1986 World Cup.
  • Portugal has never won a single match in their last three matches with Poland. Poland won one and two ended a draw.
  • The most recent meeting was in February 2002 in Warsaw which was a 0-0 draw.

Poland

  • The last time at a major tournament Poland reached semi-finals at the 1982 World Cup.
  • Poland has scored three goals in four games and are the lowest scoring side to have made it to the quarter-finals.
  • They’ve only conceded one goal so far in four games at this year’s European Championship.
  • In last 10 matches Euro, Poland have never scored more than one goal in a single game.
  • At last two Euro tournaments, Jakub Blaszczykowski with three goals and two assists has been directly involved in all five of Poland’s goals.

Portugal

  • Since 1996 at Euro Championship, Portugal has always reached the quarter-finals, the only team to do so.
  • If they win today this will their sixth appearance in the semi-final in eight European Championship finals.
  • Portugal has never won the tournament and has played 32 games which are more than any other team without ever winning the tournament.
  • Under Coach Fernando Santos, They have not lost a single game in their 11 competitive fixtures with eight wins and three draws.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal short of Michel Platini who scored nine goals in the competition. Ronaldo has played in more games than any other player at European Championship finals.

 Poland

Goalkeepers: W Szczęsny, Łukasz Fabiański, A Boruc

Defenders: K Glik, Thiago Cionek, A Jędrzejczyk, Łukasz Piszczek, M Pazdan, Bartosz Salamon, J Wawrzyniak

Midfielders:  K Grosicki, Jakub Błaszczykowski, T Jodłowiec, Grzegorz Krychowiak, B Kapustka, Karol Linetty, S Peszko, Krzysztof Mączyński, F Starzyński, Piotr Zieliński

Forwards: R Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, M Stępiński

Portugal

Goalkeepers: R Patrício (Sporting CP), A Lopes (Lyon), E (Dínamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), R Carvalho (Monaco), B Alves (Fenerbahçe), J Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), R Guerreiro (Lorient).

Midfielders: W Carvalho (Sporting CP), D Pereira (Porto), J Moutinho (Monaco), R Sanches (Benfica), A Silva (Sporting CP), A Gomes (Valencia), J Mário (Sporting CP)

Forwards: R Silva (Braga), R Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), C Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille).

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