Euro 2016 has finally reached the quarter finals round. Poland qualifies first for a quarter final match against Portugal. Here is the breakdown between the two teams and our Euro 2016 quarter finals prediction.
Poland comes to the quarter finals with a last minute save from Lukasz Fabianski. After Poland’s original goalkeeper, Wojciech Szczesny suffered a thigh injury in an earlier match against Northern Ireland, Fabianski suddenly saw himself at the net, protecting Poland’s spot for the quarter finals.
Aside from Poland’s rising star, goalkeeper Fabianski, Portugal will also need to take into consideration Poland’s Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski. Although Lewandowski appears to be more threatening, Jakub, also known as Kuba, has been silent but deadly on the field. Kuba translated kicks into goals and created a draw against Switzerland. When it came to penalties he also delivered.
Despite having the star player and UEFA Champions League winner Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal had a rude awakening at Euro 2016. Relying on one elite player is not enough at the Euro 2016. Riddled with draws and losses, Portugal’s path to the quarter finals was something that left them on the verge of elimination at all times.
“Sometimes you have to be pragmatic,” coach Fernando Santos said of their success over Croatia.
As Portugal gets their spot on the quarter finals, the players are willing to do anything to keep themselves in the game.
“The main thing is to be in the quarter-finals and it doesn’t matter if you play beautiful football or if you’re playing ugly football, you have to win,” Jose Ponte explained to Goal.
However, Portugal knows that they will be facing a strong team in Poland.
Fonte specifically identified Lewandowski as one of them.
“He’s obviously a top player and I won’t tell you what we’ll do but I’m sure we’ll have a game plan to nullify the Polish strengths!” Fonte hinted about their strategy.
Euro 2016 Quarter Finals Prediction
As Portugal has gone to playing dirty tactics, it might be well worth watching for Portugal fans. There is speculation that the match may turn out to be boring but don’t expect Poland to go down without a fight. However, statistics show that Portugal has the upper hand. From attacks to performance and disciplinary ratings, Portugal easily beats Poland. Our Euro 2016 quarter final prediction says this round goes to Portugal.
Poland vs Portugal will be facing each other on Thursday, June 30, 9:00PM CET (Friday, July 1, 5:00AM NSW) at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille for the Euro 2016 quarter finals.
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