The Hard Tackle brings you our pick of the five best tackles made in 2016, featuring the likes of Gerard Pique, Hector Bellerin, Kurt Zouma and more
Robert Lewandowksi and Renato Sanches were among the protagonists in regulation time, but eventually it was Ricardo Quaresma's strike that saw Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties, after 120 minutes were not enough to separate the two sides.
The first quarter-final of Euro 2016 between Poland and Portugal went right down to the wire at Marseille, and Cristiano Ronaldo's side came out on top and progressed through to the semi-final on penalties.
Lukasz Fabianski is set to keep his position between the sticks for this game as first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny is still ruled out with an injury. Apart from that, Poland are expected to field a full strength line up for the clash in Marseille.
Subjected to the cruel lottery of a penalty shoot-out after settling for a stalemate at the end of normal time, new Arsenal man Granit Xhaka fluffed his penalty to send Switzerland out of the Euros and eventually became the centre of all jokes on social media.
Xherdan Shaqiri scored a belter for Switzerland in their Round of 16 game against Poland. The goal sent the game to extra-time, but the Swiss side eventually fell short in penalties. With a one-goal lead, Poland looked to have been going away with the game before Switzerland attacker Xherdan Shaqiri spoiled the party for them. The Stoke City player stepped up to the occasion and scored a scorching bicycle kick from the edge of the 18-yard-area. This is one goal you could watch over and over again: The footballing world on Twitter reacted to what was probably the best goal of the Euro 2016 so far: That bike from Shaqiri😱😱 — Cameron™ (@C_SAW_MORTON) June 25, 2016 I’m glad shaqiri has been watching me in training 😉 — Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 25, 2016 Fair play to Shaqiri too. Asked in MOTM pc to describe ‘best goal of career’, said; “you don’t know me so well. I always score nice goals” — […]
An under-performing German outfit shared the spoils with Poland in their Euro 2016 Group C encounter on Thursday. German playmakers Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze failed to live up to their billing, while striker Arkadiusz Milik missed an array of chances for Poland.
With the UEFA EURO 2016 kicking off on Friday, here’s a look at the teams from Group C featuring World Champions Germany, in-form Northern Ireland, big game performers Ukraine and tournament dark horses Poland. Highlights – World champions Germany are the favourites to top the group followed by Poland who have been very impressive in the qualifying campaign. Having said that, Ukraine and Northern Ireland are more than capable of springing a surprise. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer are some of the prominent faces that will feature in this group. Germany It has now become a tradition for Germany to breeze through the qualification stages, lose a couple of friendlies before a tournament and reach the semi-finals. This time around, Die Mannschaft endured a turbulent qualifying campaign and lost more than a couple of friendlies suggesting that the road won’t be too easy for them. Nevertheless, they are being considered as one of […]
Poland finished their Euro 2016 qualifier with a 2-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland, earlier this month. This earned them a direct entry into the group stage of the competition.
Robert Lewandowski scored four minutes into stoppage time to earn Poland a 2-2 Group D draw with Scotland at Hampden that ends the hosts' slender hopes of earning a place at Euro 2016.