Euro 2016: Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties after 1-1 deadlock

Following a 1-1 score-line after extra-time, Portugal won the penalty shootout 5-3 against Poland in the quarter-finals of Euros 2016, on Thursday.

Robert Lewandowski scored the opening goal in the second minute of the encounter to break his tournament duck and give Poland the lead.

However, Renato Sanches drew Portugal level in the first half itself.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first penalty in the shootouts while Jakub Błaszczykowski saw his effort saved by Rui Patricio.

Ricardo Quaresma stepped up to score the penalty that sent Portugal through to the semi-finals.

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Funniest tweets after England's embarrassing Euro 2016 exit to Iceland

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Hodgson resigns after England humiliation

The England national football team have a habit of under-performing at major tournaments but with a defeat to Euro 2016 minnows Iceland in the round of 16, the Three Lions have hit a new low.

It’s no surprise then that Twitter exploded following what many are calling ‘the worst performance in English football’.

There were some real gems that came out of the debacle though and here, we list some of the funniest tweets…

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Cristiano Ronaldo brace keeps Portugal's Euro 2016 campaign alive

Sport360 staff 22/06/2016
Portugal sneak through to the next round

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two brilliant goals on Wednesday to go into European Championship history and rescue Portugal in a 3-3 draw that took them into the last 16.

The 31-year-old opened his account in style with a deft back-heel flick on 50 minutes, then a bullet header 12 minutes later to twice equalise at the Stade de Lyon.

The result left Hungary on top of Group F. Portugal squeezed through as one of the best third-place finishers but now face a tough match against Croatia.

The Real Madrid ace became the first player to score at four European championship finals and his 17th match in a Euro tournament was also a record.

It was his 128th appearance for Portugal, further extending the record he set last Saturday, as he made a record 17th appearance at Euro finals.

Following their draws with Iceland and Austria, Portugal’s captain had been feeling the pressure.

He threw a TV reporter’s microphone in a lake on the morning of the game in Lyon. But he delivered when it mattered as Portugal equalised three times in a topsy-turvy match — not one for the faint-hearted.

Hungary took the lead in sweltering conditions at the Stade de Lyon when veteran midfielder Zoltan Gera unleashed a thunderbolt.

The 37-year-old Gera belted a low left-footed drive into the bottom-right corner which gave Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio no chance on 19 minutes.

At the other end, a save from Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly, who has made grey sweatpants the must-have fashion back home, saved a swirling Ronaldo free-kick on 29 minutes.

Nani had the ball in the Hungary net five minutes from the break, but his effort was ruled offside. The Fenerbahce forward was not to be denied and his crisp finish, after a lovely pass in from Ronaldo, put Portugal level on 42 minutes.

The game burst into life with four goals in the opening 20 minutes of the second-half. Hungary regained the lead just two minutes after the break when Dzsudzsak’s well-struck free-kick took a slight deflection off the Portugal wall on 47 minutes.

The stage was set for Ronaldo. The Real superstar made sure he would leave the Stade de Lyon with two records when he flicked his shot past Kiraly on 50 minutes to make it 2-2.

But Portugal’s second equaliser only served to galvanise Hungary’s resolve. Dzsudzsak drilled a free-kick off the wall, but pounced on the rebound and his left-footed shot deflected off Nani, past Rui Patricio, into the far corner on 55 minutes for a 3-2 lead.

There was, however, no denying Ronaldo. Just moments after coming on, Ricardo Queresma fired in a corner and Ronaldo drove his header past Kiraly on 62 minutes.

By now it was end-to-end stuff as Hungary’s attacking midfielder Akos Elek hit the woodwork on 64 minutes as it stayed 3-3 at the final whistle.

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