Euro 2016 Player of the Day: Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)

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Xherdan Shaqiri scores arguably the goal of the tournament.

Yes, the Swiss were knocked out but the Stoke winger could not have done anything more to prevent that.

He meandered through the game until the second-half when he became Switzerland’s driving force on the right side.

Carving out cross after cross, the 24-year-old was a menace before producing a breathtaking scissor-kick equaliser – easily goal of the tournament so far.

He also buried his spot kick in the shoot-out, before his side eventually were dumped out of the tournament.

Shaqiri's Stats

  • 7 - accurate crosses against Poland, more than rest of Swiss team combined (six).
  • 2.5 - crosses per game is the highest for Switzerland at these Euros.
  • 4 - goals at major tournaments for Shaqiri only behind Josef Hugi’s six for the Swiss.
  • 2 - scissors goals in Euros history; the other by Antonio Conte against Turkey in 2000.

You can read the full match report and see the best images from the game, by clicking here.

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Ricardo Quaresma's extra-time winning goal sends Portugal through to Euro 2016 quarter-finals

Sport360 staff 26/06/2016
Ricardo Quaresma netted a 116th minute winner for Portugal.

Ronaldo was denied matching Michel Platini’s record of nine goals in European championship finals by a fine save from Danijel Subasic, but the ball fell kindly to Quaresma to head into an empty net.

He sprinted to the corner flag where he was mobbed by his teammates.

Portugal will face Poland in the quarter-finals in Marseille on Thursday after the Poles beat Switzerland 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw earlier on Saturday.

Ronaldo had been kept extremely quiet for the vast majority of the game as the dull encounter became the first match in European championship history where neither team managed a shot on target during the regulation 90 minutes.

Portugal were the only side to progress to the last 16 despite not winning any of their three group games and coach Fernando Santos took an extremely cautious approach.

Ronaldo did not even touch the ball in the Croatia box during the first-half, but Portugal were doing enough to limit a Croatia side that had thrilled in beating defending champions Spain 2-1 in midweek to precious few chances.

Star midfielder Luka Modric returned from injury for a matchup with his Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo, but both he and Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic struggled to sparkle as they had earlier in the tournament.

It was another Real Madrid player who had the best chance of the first-half when Pepe nodded Raphael Guerreiro’s dangerous free-kick over.

Ivan Perisic was Croatia’s hero with the winning goal against Spain, but he pulled their best chance of the opening 45 minutes into the side-netting from a narrow angle.

Croatia upped the pace at the start of the second period having enjoyed a day’s more rest than Portugal and Marcelo Brozovic should have done better when he blazed over from a quickly taken corner.

Santos looked to inject some life into the Portugal midfield by introducing wonderkid Renato Sanches and the 18-year-old, who Bayern Munich paid Benfica 35 million euros ($39 million) for last month, nearly made an instant impact.

After a lovely series of one-twos with Nani, Sanches took aim from the edge of the area only to drag his weak shot wide.
Domagoj Vida headed a great chance wide for Croatia from Rakitic’s fine cross as the game began to come to life in the final quarter.

Nani then had strong claims for a penalty waived away by Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo when he appeared to be kicked in the chest by Ivan Strinic as he burst into the box.

However, unlike so often at Euro 2016, there was no late drama as both sides settled for the stalemate to take the game into extra-time.

Croatian boss Ante Cacic replaced ineffectual Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic with Nikola Kalinic, but the Fiorentina forward fired the only chance of the opening period of extra time wildly wide.

Vida had another golden chance when he headed wide with the Portuguese goal gaping after Rui Patricio failed to collect Brozovic’s corner seven minutes from time.

However, Patricio made himself a hero seconds later when he turned Ivan Perisic’s header onto the post.

And Portugal then snatched their first victory of the tournament at the death as Subasic’s reflex save to keep out Ronaldo went unrewarded as Quaresma jubilantly nodded the ball in to the gaping net.

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Jonny Evans: Bale can lead Wales to semis

Mark Lomas 26/06/2016
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Jonny Evans helped keep Gareth Bale quiet for 75 minutes.

Evans and his team-mates had managed to keep Gareth Bale quiet for 75 minutes of their last-16 clash in Paris, but the Real Madrid star intervened with a teasing cross that forced McAuley to put through his own net.

And ex-Manchester United defender Evans feels that with Bale leading their line, Wales will be able to beat Hungary or Belgium in the quarter-finals and reach the last four of a major tournament for the first time.

“I can definitely see Wales getting through to the semi-finals,” Evans told Sport360 after the game. “They are a very good side – they’ve got Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey is very good as well – he works hard and makes some very good runs off the ball.

“Bale is a very good player. He’s got all the attributes you need to be a top striker. He’s quick, strong, good in the air – his technique is fantastic and he’s always someone you’ve got to be wary of the whole game.

“We knew he could produce moments of brilliance and unfortunately he’s done that – he’s put in a fantastic cross for the goal that was almost un-defendable.”

Despite defeat, Evans insisted Northern Ireland could be proud of their performance against Wales.

“It was obviously our gameplan, to stop Bale and Ramsey playing,” Evans said. “They like to play a counter-attacking style of football and we wanted to stop that.

“I think it made it an interesting game and I think it is one that Wales will be very relieved to get through. I’m sure they didn’t want to play us – they knew the type of game it was going to be.

“We could see it in their eyes. We knew at half-time that we were out-battling them and beating them to second balls and needed to keep that up right until the end but unfortunately they nicked the goal.”

With Northern Ireland now heading home, Evans said he is a little sad to be leaving the Euro 2016 bubble.

“Being here for the last four weeks – obviously you miss family and we’re on the phone every day and some of them come over. But it’s almost like everything else in our lives has been forgotten about.

“You’ve got so much focus on what you’re doing here, it’s like the rest of the world doesn’t exist. Apart from reading about the #Brexit vote of course.”

“There are no worries in your life, you don’t have to think ‘are the doors locked? Or ‘is the alarm on?’ You just go out and play football and it’s been fantastic. I’m sure all the lads will have a holiday, enjoy that and then there’s a month or so before we’re getting ready for the start of the season.”

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