Poland v Portugal ... all you need to know

Cristiano Ronaldo: match winner?
Cristiano Ronaldo: match winner?
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As Euros tonight enter a new phase - sadly without England after our even sadder exit to a team whose keeper was a film director and co-manager is still a dentist - we give you an at-a-glance guide to the first quarter final.

Free-scoring in qualifying with 33 goals in 10 matches, Poland carried that form to France to remain unbeaten in the group stage to play their maiden European quarter-final at Stade Velodrome, Marseille, against a Portuguese side still to win a game within 90 minutes at this tournament.

Where can I watch it on TV?

ITV1 8pm.


Teenage central midfielder Bartosz Kapustka is available to Poland once again after serving a one-match ban, but six players are walking a suspension tightrope ahead of a potential semi-final.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has a thigh injury, so Lukasz Fabianksi is set to deputise.

Portugal have a full squad to choose from but, after an uninspiring campaign so far, boss Fernando Santos could introduce the youthful enthusiasm of Renato Sanches.

William Carvalho, Pepe and Ricardo Quaresma are all a booking away from missing a possible last-four clash.

Ones to watch

Poland: Jakub Blaszczykowski

Borussia Dortmund winger Jakub Blaszczykowskiis the man that has made things happened for Poland at Euro 2016 so far.

With two strikes and an assist only Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard and Ronaldo have been involved in more goals than the 30-year-old.

Poland coach Adam Nawalka is insistent that striker Robert Lewandowski's failure to score so far in the finals is not a problem, but it soon will be if Blaszczykowskihas an off day.

Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo

Is there anyone else? When you have Ronaldo in your team you always have a chance to win.

But that mentality is seemingly taken to the extreme by his Portugal team-mates, who constantly look to the Real Madrid forward to bail them out.

Though his powers seem to be fading slightly with age, Ronaldo’s hunger for goals and success will never diminish. But he could face heartache in France unless he gasps the mantle, because there is no evidence to suggest anyone else in a Portugal shirt will.

Head-to-head record

There have been 22 meetings between the teams through the years, Portugal winning 11 and Poland just three.

Their last match, in February 2012, was the first to be played at the new national stadium in Warsaw ahead of that summer's European Championship finals, and finished 0-0.

Did you know?

Robert Lewandowski, who scored more goals than anyone else in qualifying - 13 - is yet to net in these finals.