The Polish team cruised into the quarterfinals of the European championship by beating Switzerland in the penalty shootout. The match looked largely even where both teams came up with a brilliant perform and tried their best, but at the end Poland were victorious. Both the teams qualified for the knockouts as the second place teams and relied much on their defense and that is why it was a 1—1 draw and even the extra time couldn’t change the outcome. This led to the penalty shootout were Poland emerge victorious and proceeded into the quarter finals where they will face Portugal.
Poland vs Switzerland: The polish through to the Quarter finals for the first time
Poland looked brilliant on the counter attacks as their fiery counter attacks caught Switzerland on many occasions, but were not converted into the goals, thanks to the blatant finishing of polish forwards. Six minutes before half time Poland devised another sizzling counter attack which was ended by Jakub Balszczykowski when he placed the final ball in the back of the net. The game’s momentum stalled as the Swiss team tried for an equalizer, but the Swiss team did come up with an Equalizer in the second half which was a complete brilliance of Xherdan Shaqiri who came up with a sublime strike that may be the goal of the tournament. His overhead bicycle kick landed directly into the net. This was the first time Poland conceded a goal in this tournament and the Swiss team were rejuvenated by that goal and tried hard to get forward, but even after the extra time no one was able to find an opening goal and it all went to spot kicks. The penalty shootout started in brilliant way when Lichtstenier guided the ball into the net but was brilliantly met by the strike of Lewandowski. The second penalty for Swiss team came from Xahaka who had a nasty miss and that was enough to send the Swiss team home.
Poland can be forced to reckon with
This is the best performance of the polish team as because nobody expected about them to go this far, but they did it and that can rope into the semi finals too. They were completely dominant for the most part of the match were Switzerland was troubled on many occasions except that moment of magic from Xherdan Shaqiri. With this consistency Polish team can even advance further into the semi fianls as they face mediocre Portugal which was largely inconsistent in the group stage and their round of 16 matches too. Their team has the meanest defense this year as they have only conceded once in the whole tournament.
Swiss team pampered
If you would have looked at the pool of players from both the side before the match, you would have surely placed your bet on the Swiss team as they have 7-8 player playing on the top level European club football while in the Polish team there are only 2-3 players playing top level football. If you exclude that wonder goal from his stats then Shaqiri didn’t had anything that would make him cheer. He had a disappointing tornament and the same thing was echoed by the Swiss team expect Granit Xahaka who was the only positive for the Swiss team in this tournament.
Lewandowski drought continues
Coming into the Euros Robert Lewandowski was the brightest star on the polish team and was the highest scorer in the qualifiers, but these Euros have been a completely different story as the Polish striker has failed to live up to his standards. The striker was in sublime form coming into the tournament, but is yet to open his account at the Euros.