Pepe, Fonte and Ronaldo celebrate win over Poland, June 2016 Portugal in semi-finals Portugal are in the Euro 2016 semi-finals despite not winning a match in 90 minutes. That’s quite a feat. A penalty shoot-out was required to edge past Poland. Ricardo Quaresma scored the winning spot-kick after Kuba Błaszczykowski had his effort saved. He’s never been what you would call reliable but he’s the hero once again. The Besiktas winger helped his country beat Croatia in the last round with a tap-in. He proved equally adept from 12 yards this time around. His cameo from the bench wasn’t particularly impressive but he did what was required. As did Cristiano Ronaldo. Many expected him to book the fifth penalty to get the glory. Instead he stepped up first to set the tone for the rest of his teammates. Disappointing Ronaldo Ronaldo had a disappointing game. He missed chances you would expect him to score. Point-blank range, Ronaldo territory. He has to step up to the plate in the semi-finals. Renato Sanches could teach him a thing or two about taking a game by the scruff of the neck. The midfielder marked his first Euro start by becoming Portugal’s youngest scorer at the tournament. Still only 18, he’s a serious prospect.
There was plenty of reaction to Portugal becoming the first team to reach the semi-finals without winning a match in normal time. This Portugal run is similar to Argentina’s in the 1990 WC. — Rehan Ulhaq June 30, 2016 Portugal in semifinal without winning a single game in the 90 minutes — Tancredi Palmeri June 30, 2016 … Portugal is that guy in your class who got a killer postgrad job after lazily sending in only 1 application then leaving for vacation — Gaby Kirschner June 30, 2016 Five pretty good penalties for Portugal. #POR pic.twitter.com/HbPwY1Es5r — Paul Carr June 30, 2016 Portugal this Euro’s a reminiscent of Paraguay in Copa America 2011. Could well reach the finals without winning in 90 minutes. — Sergi Domínguez June 30, 2016 Portugal are through to the #Euro2016 semi finals without winning a single game in 90 minutes pic.twitter.com/y2zOOqEEfg — Football Vines June 30, 2016 #EUROFACTS #EURO2016 Portugal #POR reached semifinals in 5 out of 7 Euros FT played — MisterChip June 30, 2016 England have won more games than Portugal. We should be in the semis, this is a joke. — Footy Accumulators June 30, 2016 Portugal bore their way through again, while Adnan Syed has got a retrial. Swings and roundabouts, lads. Swings and bloody roundabouts. — Paddy Power June 30, 2016 Portugal is literally that kid in class that has never put in any work for anything but still passed all classes and graduated. — Fatima Yasin June 30, 2016 Cristiano Ronaldo’s game by numbers: 83% pass accuracy 4 chances created 1 shot on target 0 crosses 0 take-ons pic.twitter.com/P3J56OOVss — Squawka Football June 30, 2016 Someone photoshop Ronaldo’s face over Alexis’. pic.twitter.com/JGh6nfDcEQ — Tom Gordon June 30, 2016