Poland take on Portugal in Marsielle this evening. Two big names and one Liverpool-linked player could feature.
After a couple of days break, Euro 2016 returns this evening as the quarter-finals get underway when Poland take on Portugal in Marseille.
After two wins and draw in their group stage games, Poland made heavy work of their last-16 tie as they were held by Switzerland after extra time, although there was a goal of the tournament contender from Xherdan Shaqiri that ultimately led to penalties. Poland managed to make it through as all of their players were successful from the spot.
Portugal’s run to the last eight has been remarkable in that they have yet to win a game inside 90 minutes. After three draws in the group stage allowed them to scrape through to the knock-out stages, a late Ricardo Quaresma goal in extra-time dumped out a promising Croatia side.
Given the side of the draw this quarter-final takes place, both will feel they have a tremendous opportunity to make it all the way to the final at this stage.
Here are three players who may be worth watching this evening:
After starting the tournament slowly in the first two games, he found his touch in the 3-3 draw against Hungary when he scored twice, and now the side finds itself in the last eight it is a real opportunity to add an international honour to his glittering CV.
The chances are he will have to raise his game for his side to stand a chance.
Is it a lack of confidence? Who knows? But one thing is for sure is that Lewandowski has not been himself having failed to find the net for his country – apart from in the penalty shoot-out.
Firing Poland through to the semi-finals of the European Championships would be a good time to start.
It will be interesting to see if the midfielder linked with Liverpool gets any time on the field this evening.
He made one appearance against Ukraine but did not really impress. However there may well be an opportunity from the bench late on in the game and he will want to show some of the quality that has generated interest in him.