Euro 2016 First Quarterfinal Match: Poland vs. PortugalPublished June 30, 2016 by Sol FH
Poland vs Portugal in the first Quarterfinal of the Euro 2016 gets underway tonight at 20:00 GMT.
There are now only eight teams left in what has been an action-packed Euro. Tonight's match features two teams on the easier side of the bracket that will look to their star players to step up and lead their respective team to victory. Ronaldo and Lewandowski must rise to the occasion for Portugal and Poland respectively if they want to make the semifinal.
Let's face it, both Portugal and Poland only have a single, world-class player. Ronaldo and Lewandowski are the stars on the pitch tonight and could be the deciding factor in the match, but for Lewandowski, if he wishes to beat Portugal will need to up his game.
Lewandowski was one of the favorites to win the Golden Boot, but has not yet had a single shot on target in this tournament. The Bayern Munich attacker has not been himself throughout the tournament, other than some key assists. Poland made it to the quarterfinals by the skin of their teeth and will need to up their game substantially if the semifinals are to be reached.
What is there to say about Portugal? They were lucky to make it to the final 16 after finishing in third place in Group F behind Hungary and the Cinderella story team from Iceland. Cristiano Ronaldo is ranked 8th in the Euro amongst all players, but he has the ability to end the tournament at the top of that ranking if he can get back to his record-breaking self.
The match should be very entertaining tonight and fans from both sides will flood Stade Vélodrome in Marseille with thousands of local soccer fans there to watch the stars collide.
Euro 2016 Quarterfinal Betting
Punters that are watching the match tonight from home, pub or on a mobile device will have a ton of pre-match and live in play betting opportunities to choose from at bet365 Sports. The odds are posted in favor of Portugal tonight at 2.30, while Poland comes in at 3.90 and a draw after 90 minutes at 3.00. An Extra Time win for Poland would mean 17.00 and to win by Penalty Shots is posted at 10.00. Those same markets for Portugal are 13.00 and 10.00 respectively.