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US soccer star Hope Solo accuses Sepp Blatter of sexual harassment

Former US goalkeeper Hope Solo has said ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter groped her backside during the 2013 Ballon d'Or ceremony. Sexual harassment wasn't just a problem in Hollywood but in women's football as well, she said. Hope Solo, a star goalkeeper and former member of the US football team, accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexually harassing her, in an interview published on Friday. "Sepp Blatter grabbed my ass, it was a few years ago at the Ballon d'Or ceremony just before I got on stage," Solo told Portuguese newspaper Expresso. Read more: Louis C.K., Steven Seagal latest stars to face sexual assault allegations The 36-year-old soccer star said that 81-year-old Blatter made the move as she was about to present an award to her teammate Abby Wambach at the ceremony. Solo, a World Cup winner and two-time Olympic champion, said that sexual harassment in sport was "rampant" and that she hoped more athletes would speak out against it. "I wish more women, especially in football, would speak against it, about their experiences," she told the paper. Read more: Kevin Spacey sex assault allegations mount as UK police launch probe "I think it is important to acknowledge that this doesn't just happen with the powerful white men. It can happen all across the board, it can happen between women," she continued. "It's out of control, not just in Hollywood but everywhere," Solo said, referencing the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations against high-profile men in entertainment and politics, which was triggered by a scandal involving movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Blatter dismissed Solo's claims, telling the Guardian newspaper that the allegation "is ridiculous." Blatter has a history of sexist behavior when it comes to women's soccer. In 2004, he argued that the popularity of the women's game could be boosted if the players wore tighter shorts. In 2012, US forward Alex Morgan said that Blatter failed to recognize her during that year's Ballon d'Or, even though she was one of three nominees for the women's Player of the Year. The former FIFA head was suspended from office and banned from the sport for six years in 2015 following a corruption scandal.

Former US goalkeeper Hope Solo has said ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter groped her backside during the 2013 Ballon d’Or ceremony. Sexual harassment wasn’t just a problem in Hollywood but in women’s football as well, she said. Hope Solo, a star goalkeeper and former member of the US football team, accused former FIFA President Sepp Blatter of sexually harassing her, in ... Read More »

Footballers beware: Heading the ball messes with your brain

Even the most stoic of soccer players would admit that heading the ball can hurt a little. Well, it does more than that. Researchers in the UK say it definitely damages the brain, in the short and maybe even long term. As the seconds tick away in a tie game, you run down the field and find an opening, and the perfect cross comes in from your mate. You burst forward, put a perfect header past the goalie and into the corner of the net, and you're the hero. And also, from a cognitive and electrophysiological perspective, you're dumber. A study that's just come out by a team at a number of UK universities, chief among them the University of Stirling in Scotland, claims to have the first set of concrete evidence of neurological changes due to heading a ball. The "immediate alterations in brain electrophysiological and cognitive function" were demonstrated "by a cohort of healthy, young soccer players," the researchers wrote in the study published in EBioMedicine. Each of the 19 test subjects took 20 headers from a ball machine that shot them out at 30-50 kilometers per hour (18-30 mph), firing perfect crosses designed to resemble corner kicks. Once the players had performed 20 headers over a period of ten minutes, their brains were tested. Seventy-four percent showed immediate neurochemical alteration and decreased cognitive skills, i.e. memory function. With regard to cognitive changes, the players were asked to perform short-term memory tests, and immediately after heading, the results compared to baseline performance showed reduction in memory between 47 and 61 percent. With regard to neurochemical alteration, the researchers were looking for changes in levels of GABA, the main inhibitory chemical in the brain that affects our ability to control our muscles. In other words, the more GABA present in the brain, the less control an individual has over his or her motor functions. Increased GABA levels result in a longer "cortical silent period," or a pause that directly follows voluntary muscle movement. This cortical silent period increased five percent immediately after heading compared to the baseline levels measured before. Researchers viewed the change using electromagnetic analysis - the first time the technology has been used in such an experiment. The players had their brains analyzed immediately after the heading - but also 24 hours, 48 hours and two weeks afterwards. The good news is that the changes seen immediately following the heading disappeared in each of the subsequent tests. There were negligible or no differences with regard to cognitive performance or neurochemical makeup. Does this mean that heading a soccer ball isn't dangerous in the long run? Not exactly, says leading author Magdalena Ietswaart of the University of Stirling. She points out that "there are no known safe levels of soccer heading" and compares the effects of "sub-concussive trauma" to the consumption of alcohol. "The research we have done is just a first step on the journey of finding out what is the true impact of football heading," she writes, stressing that it remains unknown what impact the beautiful game has on brain development and long-term neurological health.

Even the most stoic of soccer players would admit that heading the ball can hurt a little. Well, it does more than that. Researchers in the UK say it definitely damages the brain, in the short and maybe even long term. As the seconds tick away in a tie game, you run down the field and find an opening, and ... Read More »

Bundesliga: Leipzig up to third after win at Wolfsburg, Mainz cruise past Darmstadt

Bundesliga debutants RB Leipzig continued their impressive early-season run with a 1-0 success at struggling Wolfsburg that lifted them to third. Mainz won 2-1 at home to Darmstadt and are seventh. Matchday seven in the Bundesliga featured a record five failures from the penalty spot. Leipzig’s Swedish forward Emil Forsberg was guilty of one of them but recovered to score a splendid goal that secured three points for the eastern German club. Wolfsburg, who are 14th, started brightly and Germany international Julian Draxler stung Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi’s hands with a curling effort in the fourth minute. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels conceded a spot kick in the 17th minute when he surrendered possession to Timo Werner before bringing him down on the edge of the area. It was the 10th penalty awarded on matchday seven, the most since the fourth matchday of the 1986/87 campaign and two short of the record of 12 on matchday 12 in 1971/72. Forsberg stepped up but fired his effort well wide of the post. The only goal came 19 minutes from time when Forsberg was given far too much space and he bent a superb shot into the far corner past Casteels, the first goal Leipzig have scored from outside the box this term. Piercing whistles A toothless Wolfsburg couldn’t find an equalizer, with new signing Mario Gomez again drawing a blank, and Leipzig substitute Oliver Burke should have made it 2-0 in added time. The Scot was clean through but Casteels got down well to block his tame effort before the final whistle was greeted with piercing whistles from the home support, venting their frustration with coach Dieter Hecking and his team. Mainz 2-1 Darmstadt (De Blasis 6’, Malli 56’ pen – Gondorf 90+2’ pen) Mainz climbed to seventh in a match featuring three penalties and a catalogue of wasted chances. Pablo De Blasis put the home side ahead with a close-range finish on six minutes before Darmstadt midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler volleyed against the bar and Mainz forward Jhon Cordoba sliced a shot into the side netting with the goal gaping. Jonas Lössl saved Antonio Colak’s penalty shortly before the break and Mainz doubled their lead 11 minutes into the second half when Yunus Malli won and converted a penalty. Colak wasted a couple of chances for the visitors, who are 15th, before Niko Bungert handled in the area and allowed Jerome Gondorf to net an added-time consolation goal from the spot.

Bundesliga debutants RB Leipzig continued their impressive early-season run with a 1-0 success at struggling Wolfsburg that lifted them to third. Mainz won 2-1 at home to Darmstadt and are seventh. Matchday seven in the Bundesliga featured a record five failures from the penalty spot. Leipzig’s Swedish forward Emil Forsberg was guilty of one of them but recovered to score ... Read More »

Champions League: Dortmund earn deserved point at home to holders Real Madrid

Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to earn a deserved 2-2 Group F draw at home to European champions Real Madrid. Substitute Andre Schürrle smashed in the equalizer three minutes from time at Signal Iduna Park. After spending heavily over the summer, Dortmund had high hopes of continuing their winning run at home to Real, who they had beaten in their previous three meetings in Germany. Early free kicks from Ronaldo and Gonzalo Castro forced good saves from Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki and his Real counterpart Keylor Navas respectively before Real snatched the lead in the 17th minute. Gareth Bale’s clever back heel squirmed through to Ronaldo and he stabbed a shot across Bürki and into the far corner, the Portugal captain’s record extending 95th Champions League goal. Dortmund pressed immediately for an equalizer and Ousmane Dembele’s effort was deflected over the crossbar by Sergio Ramos in the 25th minute before Sokratis Papastathopoulos tested Navas with a header. Blasted over Dortmund were level two minutes before halftime. Navas attempted to clear Raphael Guerreiro’s free kick but punched the ball against team mate Raphael Varane and Aubameyang stabbed the ball over the line. It was the Gabon forward’s seventh goal in nine appearances for Dortmund this season. The pacy and skillful Dembele was causing problems for Real fullback Danilo and the French teenager blasted over when well placed six minutes into the second half. Navas parried a curling Aubameyang effort moments later before the ever-dangerous Ronaldo failed to capitalize on an inviting Ramos centre, sending a glancing header wide. Real were back in front in the 68th minute when Karim Benzema volleyed a Ronaldo centre onto the frame of the goal and Varane was on hand to put the loose ball over the line. Guerreiro forced a good save from Navas with a powerful drive two minutes later and the Costa Rican was by far the busier of the two keepers in the closing stages. Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic had given the home side some real zip after coming on in the 73rd minute and it was his cross that eventually fell to fellow substitute Schürrle three minutes from time. The German international steadied himself before crashing a left-foot shot into the roof of the net. Both sides went in search of a late winner but the final action of the game was a brief melee in the Real area which resulted in a yellow card for Aubameyang. Unsavory conclusion It was a slightly unsavory conclusion to what had been an entertaining spectacle. "It looked for a long time as if we weren't going to be able to turn the game around so we're pleased that we showed courage and believed in the draw," Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said. "We are not completely happy with the 2-2 but we are a long way from not being able to value the result for what it is," he added. "It feels good not to lose having twice been behind. But we have the feeling we could have done better." Tuchel's Real counterpart Zinedine Zidane was annoyed his team had twice let the lead slip in what was their third draw in a row after two stalemates in La Liga. "I am angry because we played a great match, with a lot of effort," the former France and Real great told reporters. "In defense and attack we did what we set out to do but at the end it was the same result for the third game in a row." In the other match in Group F, Sporting Lisbon beat Legia Warsaw 2-0. Sporting have three points from two games, with Dortmund and Real both on four. Dortmund vs Real Madrid: As it happened Other Champions League results: Monaco 1-1 Leverkusen CSKA 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur Sporting 2-0 Legia Warsaw Copenhagen 4-0 Club Brugge Leicester 1-0 Porto Dinamo 0-4 Juventus Sevilla 1-0 Lyon

Borussia Dortmund twice came from behind to earn a deserved 2-2 Group F draw at home to European champions Real Madrid. Substitute Andre Schürrle smashed in the equalizer three minutes from time at Signal Iduna Park. After spending heavily over the summer, Dortmund had high hopes of continuing their winning run at home to Real, who they had beaten in ... Read More »

Europa League: Schalke win in France, Mainz held, Man United suffer shock loss

Schalke kicked off their campaign with a win over Lucien Favre's Nice, while Mainz were held to a 1-1 draw against Saint-Etienne. Manchester United lost to a late goal at Feyenoord. Nice 0-1 Schalke (Baba Rahman 75’) Abdul Baba Rahman scored his first goal since joining Schalke on loan as the Bundesliga club edged out Nice, coached by former Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Lucien Favre, on the French Riveira. A scrappy first half was followed by a tight second as Nice looked to protect their record of having never lost a home UEFA Cup or Europa League match. The French side included former Bayern and Gladbach defender Dante and ex-Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. Schalke substitute Max Meyer unlocked the Nice defence with a clever reverse pass, allowing Baba Rahman, on loan from Chelsea, to rifle in a low shot inside the near post and secure the win. Mainz 1-1 Saint-Etienne (Bungert 57’ – Beric 88’) Mainz were held to a 1-1 draw by French side Saint-Etienne, who grabbed an 88th minute equalizer. Coming off the back of their hugely deflating 4-4 draw with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga at the weekend, Mainz looked to make amends on their Europa League group stage debut. Things were going to plan when captain Niko Bungert nodded in the opener just before the hour mark to give the Germans the lead, but with time running out, Saint-Etienne’s Beric restored parity. The result means St Etienne have won only three of 18 matches against German opposition. Feyenoord 1-0 Manchester United (Vilhena 79’) Europa League favorites Manchester United suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Feyenoord, with Tonny Vilhena firing the Dutch club to a famous win. Despite making eight changes, Jose Mourinho fielded a strong team that included Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Marcus Rashford, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic introduced as a second half substitute. But the most expensive team in club football couldn’t avoid a second defeat in a week following a painful defeat by bitter rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Saturday. Careless in possession and lacking a cutting edge up front, United paid for their lethargic display in the 79th minute. Exposed down the right flank by a Nicolai Jorgensen's run that beat the offside trap, United's defenders were noticeable by their absence when the unmarked Vilhena swept home from just inside the penalty area. Other Europa League results: Qarabag 2-2 Liberec Zorya 1-1 Fenerbahce APOEL 2-1 Astana Anderlecht 3-1 Gabala Maccabi Tel-Aviv 3-4 Zenit Astra 2-3 Austria Vienna Sassuolo 3-0 Athletic Bilbao Young Boys 0-1 Olympiacos AZ 1-1 Dundalk Plzen 1-1 Roma Rapid Vienna 3-2 Genk Inter Milan 0-2 Hapoel Beer-Sheva Standard Liege 1-1 Celta Vigo Panathinaikos 1-2 Ajax Konyaspor 0-1 Shakhtar Braga 1-1 Gent Salzburg 0-1 Krasnodar PAOK 0-0 Fiorentina Southampton 3-0 Sparta Prague Osmanlispor 2-0 Steaua Villarreal 2-1 Zürich

Schalke kicked off their campaign with a win over Lucien Favre’s Nice, while Mainz were held to a 1-1 draw against Saint-Etienne. Manchester United lost to a late goal at Feyenoord. Nice 0-1 Schalke (Baba Rahman 75’) Abdul Baba Rahman scored his first goal since joining Schalke on loan as the Bundesliga club edged out Nice, coached by former Borussia ... Read More »

Champions League: Aguero masterclass seals Man City win over hapless Gladbach

Pep Guardiola tastes victory for the first time against Andre Schubert. After rain postponed Tuesday's fixture, Man City were ruthless, scoring four goals on the night against Gladbach. Borussia Mönchenladbach were soundly beaten by Sergio Aguero and Manchester City in their Champions League group C opener on Wednesday night, as the Argentine struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 win. Lining up with a three-man defense, Andre Schubert's men afforded their hosts far too much time and space in the first-half and never looked like recovering after falling behind within ten minutes. Aguero doubled City‘s lead from the spot before half-time before completing his hat-trick in the final quarter of an hour. By the time substitute Kelechi Iheanacho made it four in stoppage time, the Foals had long since conceded defeat. David Silva picked up a knock in the 24 hours since Tuesday's original fixture was postponed due to inclement weather and was replaced by German international Ilkay Gündogan who made his debut for the Blues. Gladbach however remained unchanged and started with attacking intent in a 3-4-3 formation but they switched off defensively as early as the ninth minute. Nico Elvedi allowed Raheem Sterling time to cushion the ball back to Aleksandar Kolarov from a throw-in and his low cross was pounced upon by Aguero at the front post. It was a classic striker's finish from the Manchester City predator, who could have doubled his tally three minutes later. Fernandinho spotted a hole in the German midfield and found Kevin de Bruyne on the right. The Belgian crossed to Aguero in yards of space but, rather than shoot, the Argentine opted to play in Gündogan whose shot was saved. Christoph Kramer and Mahmoud Dahoud were allowing Fernandinho far too much space in midfield and the Brazilian looked left, drawing in Elvedi before finding Sterling but the Englishman shot straight at Sommer. In typical Guardiola style, City were pressing high but Gladbach did break dangerously in the 25th minute. Dahoud drove in from the right and found Oscar Wendt in space on the left who cut the ball back, but Raffael's shot was deflected behind for a corner. A second goal was inevitable however and it came just before the half hour mark. Kramer brought down Gündogan just inside the 18-yard box and Dutch referee Björn Kuipers pointed to the spot. Agüero made no mistake. Schubert finally acted, replacing the hopelessly overwhelmed Kramer with right-back Julian Korb and switching to four at the back, as Stindl dropped deeper into midfield. The change seemed to stem the flow somewhat. City continued to press and dominate in central areas as the second half got underway but Gladbach looked more solid, although sloppy handling from Yann Sommer almost presented Agüero with his hat-trick just before the hour mark. The Swiss stopper redeemed himself with a good save. City seemed content to control possession in classic Guardiola fashion but chances were harder to come until the 73rd minute. The brilliant De Bruyne suddenly shifted up a gear in midfield to bypass Dahoud and thread a perfectly weighted pass into Sterling, but Sommer saved again. The England man turned provider in the 77th minute. Receiving the ball in space in the centre, he turned and played in Agüero. Although marginally offside, the Argentinian made no mistake and rounded Sommer to complete his hat-trick. Substitute Iheanacho completed the scoring in injury time by which time it was clear that Tuesday night's Manchester weather had merely postponed the Foals‘ fate.

Pep Guardiola tastes victory for the first time against Andre Schubert. After rain postponed Tuesday’s fixture, Man City were ruthless, scoring four goals on the night against Gladbach. Borussia Mönchenladbach were soundly beaten by Sergio Aguero and Manchester City in their Champions League group C opener on Wednesday night, as the Argentine struck a hat-trick in a 4-0 win. Lining ... Read More »

Arsenal and Valencia locked in negotiations for German defender Shkodran Mustafi

Arsenal and Valencia are in negotiations over a transfer for the central defender. Mustafi would be the Gunners' second high-profile signing from the Bundesliga following the arrival of Granit Xhaka. Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi is edging closer to moving to Premier League giants Arsenal, with media reports claiming the two clubs are continung negotiations. The 24-year-old was part of Germany's European Championship squad and scored in the group stage win over Ukraine. Mustafi's career has somewhat unorthodox, the player moving to Everton at the age of 17 and eventually to Serie A side Sampdoria where he made his professional debut. Since joining Valencia in 2014, Mustafi has impressed in Spain's top division. Arsenal are facing a selection headache ahead of the Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday. Per Mertesacker is injured, while Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista is expected to be out for three months. Valencia, it seems, are happy to deal with the Gunners given the La Liga side's failure to qualify for Europe last year. Reports claim Valencia are holding out for a fee of around 35 million euros for Mustafi, who cost Los Che eight million euros, two years ago. Although Ali Bulut told German sports website Spox that the two clubs had agreed personal terms, The Guardian have thrown cold water on those reports, noting the bewilderment of the two clubs when asked about a potential agreement. A deal appears to still be a bit off with the Spanish club ready to begin preparations for the season opener against Las Palmas two weeks on Monday.

Arsenal and Valencia are in negotiations over a transfer for the central defender. Mustafi would be the Gunners’ second high-profile signing from the Bundesliga following the arrival of Granit Xhaka. Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi is edging closer to moving to Premier League giants Arsenal, with media reports claiming the two clubs are continung negotiations. The 24-year-old was part of Germany’s ... Read More »

UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid score late in extra time to beat Sevilla

Zinedine Zidane collected his second European trophy as Real Madrid coach. His side dispatched Sevilla after extra time without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Pepe. Real Madrid have won the UEFA Super Cup following a 3-2 win after extra time against compatriots Sevilla. Dani Carvajal's goal in the 119th minute prevented the tie going to penalty kicks and secured Real's third Super Cup title - the second win over Sevilla in three years. Real Madrid, who beat Sevilla 2-0 in 2014, were missing several key players, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe who are on an extended break following the European Championships. But Zinedine Zidane's team did include Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata, who featured for Spain at Euro 2016 this summer. No Ronaldo, but no problem The 11-time European Cup winners started brightest, taking advantage of their early dominance. Marco Asensio fired home a superb long-range strike after 21 minutes to give Zidane's team the lead. However, Sevilla responded brilliantly, perfecting Sampaoli's high-pressure system. The Andalucians got a lot of joy from winning the ball high up the pitch, and three minutes before the break, Franco Vazquez brought the game level in Trondheim. Sevilla's threat forced Zidane to dip into his reserves, introducing the impressive trio of Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and James Rodriguez. Benzema wasn't in France with the national team this summer and his freshness was clear as he made an impact in the game. But a foul from Ramos on Vietto with 20 minutes left handed Sevilla the perfect chance to take the lead and Yevhen Konoplyanka slotted home from the penalty spot with aplomb, a minute later. Ramos, the Real captain, made amends in the third minute of stoppage time to guarantee Zidane's side a second chance at the title. With the match set for penalty kicks, Carvajal's moment of individual brilliance secured the trophy for Real, a minute from time. It's heartbreak for the Andalucians, who lose their third successive Super Cup final.

Zinedine Zidane collected his second European trophy as Real Madrid coach. His side dispatched Sevilla after extra time without the services of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Pepe. Real Madrid have won the UEFA Super Cup following a 3-2 win after extra time against compatriots Sevilla. Dani Carvajal’s goal in the 119th minute prevented the tie going to penalty kicks ... Read More »

Portugal shocks France with 1-0 win for Euro 2016 championship

یوروکپ فٹبال کے فائنل میں پرتگال نے فرانس کو ہراکر ٹائٹل اپنے نام کرلیا ، میچ کا فیصلہ کن گول پرتگالی کھلاڑی ایڈر نے ایکسٹرا ٹائم کے اختتام سے کچھ دیر قبل کیا۔

Eder’s winning goal in the 109th minute secured Portugal’s first-ever European Championship crown. They succeeded without Cristiano Ronaldo who limped off after 25 minutes of the final. Portugal have been crowned European champions following a 1-0 win over hosts France at the Stade de France. Fernando Santos’ side have won just one of seven games in the regular 90 minutes, ... Read More »

Euro 2016: Portugal beat Poland on penalties to reach last four

The first Euro 2016 quarter-final was a close one, with Portugal overcoming Poland in a shoot-out. The Poles took the lead, but the Portuguese shaded it on the night and progress to the semis after Blaszczikowski's miss. Coach Adam Nawalka opted not to tinker with a starting eleven that had taken Poland further than ever in its history in a European Championship. His counterpart Fernando Santos did opt for some changes, including the introduction of 18-year-old midfield wunderkind Renato Sanches. Bayern Munich rated him highly enough pay Benfica a 35-million euro transfer fee to bring him in next season. The night in Marseille started with some Polish fireworks. In the second minute, Cedric misjudged a long Lukas Piszczek pass, and the ball fell to Kamil Grosicki. He squared it for Robert Lewandowski, and the Bayern striker fired in his first goal of the tournament to give Poland an early lead. Poland continued to impress, although they failed to generate clear openings in front of Portugal's goal, and gradually the Portugese came back into the match. In the 33rd minute, Sanches played a one-two with Nani in the Polish area and hammered in the equalizer. The ball slightly deflected off Grzegorz Krychowiak, leaving keeper Lukasz Fabianski with no chance. The score was all knotted up at halftime. After the break, the teams were in cagier mode, each team fearing a conceded goal could be a decider. The first real chance was a screamer by Cedric just after the hour mark, but it was slightly wide. Poland responded around seven minutes later, but Arkadiusz Milik couldn't get anything behind a promising cross. Ten minutes from time, defender Artur Jedrzejczek almost decided the outcome with a poked reverse clearance that was centimeters from becoming an own goal. And five minutes later, Cristiano Ronaldo was finally sent through, but he failed to get his foot to what looked like an easy ball. The game went to extra time - a fair result after 90 minutes in which Portugal had held a slight advantage. Play became even more buttoned down. Milik and Nené had a go from distance in the first half but produced nothing to unduly trouble either keeper. In the second half, the highlight was a pitch invader, who was quickly subdued by security. Other than that, extra time provided evidence for those who think penalty shoot-outs should commence immediately after 90 minutes. The match boiled down to a penalty shoot-out. With the score at 4-3 for Portugal, Rui Patricio got down to parry a Jakub Blaszczikowski's shot, which was at a comfortable height for the goalkeeper. Ricardo Queresma held his nerve for the winner. The final scoreline read 1-1 (3-5 penalties). Amazingly, Portugal are now through to the Euro 2016 semis despite not winning a single game in 90 or 120 minutes. They meet the winner of the Wales-Belgium quarter-final on Friday.

The first Euro 2016 quarter-final was a close one, with Portugal overcoming Poland in a shoot-out. The Poles took the lead, but the Portuguese shaded it on the night and progress to the semis after Blaszczikowski’s miss. Coach Adam Nawalka opted not to tinker with a starting eleven that had taken Poland further than ever in its history in a ... Read More »

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