Round of 16 - 25/06/2016 - 15:00CET (15:00 local time) - Stade Geoffroy Guichard - Saint-Etienne
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Poland win 5-4 on penalties 

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Poland edge past Switzerland on penalties

Published: Saturday 25 June 2016, 17.45CET
Switzerland 1-1 Poland (aet, Poland win 5-4 on pens)
Granit Xhaka sent his spot kick wide as Poland got to a first-ever EURO quarter-final despite being pegged back by a super Xherdan Shaqiri strike.
by Chris Burke at Stade Geoffroy Guichard

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Match statistics

SwitzerlandPoland

Goals scored1
 
1
Possession (%)55
 
45
Total attempts29
 
21
on target7
 
5
off target10
 
12
blocked12
 
4
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners13
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
14
Fouls suffered13
 
16

Standings

Published: Saturday 25 June 2016, 17.45CET

Poland edge past Switzerland on penalties

Switzerland 1-1 Poland (aet, Poland win 5-4 on pens)
Granit Xhaka sent his spot kick wide as Poland got to a first-ever EURO quarter-final despite being pegged back by a super Xherdan Shaqiri strike.

  • Restored to starting XI, Jakub Błaszczykowski fires Poland ahead on 39 minutes
  • Haris Seferović strikes crossbar as Switzerland rally in second half
  • Xherdan Shaqiri forces extra time with wonderful scissor-kick
  • Poland convert all five penalties; Granit Xhaka misses for Swiss
  • Poles to face Croatia or Portugal in Marseille quarter-final on 30 June


Poland are through to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 after defeating Switzerland on penalties at the end of an entertaining 1-1 draw in Saint-Etienne.

Grzegorz Krychowiak rifled the winning spot kick high into the corner to spark an outpouring of joy from his team-mates, who slotted all five of their attempts past Yann Sommer. They duly booked their first last-eight tie at a major tournament since 1982, in a cruel denouement for a Switzerland side that had levelled via a Xherdan Shaqiri wonder goal – before Granit Xhaka drove his penalty wide.

It could have been very different had the Swiss taken their chances, but their opponents were no less culpable on that count. Indeed, Poland so nearly raced into the lead inside the very first minute, Johan Djourou's under-hit back pass leaving Sommer scrambling to clear – only as far as Arkadiusz Milik, who blazed over an empty net.

The Poland forward headed straight at Sommer from a corner just minutes later and also fired too high when picked out at the far post. The pressure, however, was building and Jakub Błaszczykowski gave Adam Nawałka's men a deserved advantage as half-time neared.

The lively Kamil Grosicki was the initiator, breaking down the left at pace. Although fortunate with a clumsy touch, he found Błaszczykowski with a fine ball to the back post and the unmarked Fiorentina midfielder slotted in for his second goal in two games.

Switzerland were in trouble, their much-heralded midfield struggling to spark, yet they rallied after the interval as Shaqiri stung Łukasz Fabiański's palms. Fabiański then did brilliantly to get his fingertips to a Ricardo Rodríguez free-kick, before Haris Seferović clattered an effort against the bar.

If that was beginning to look as close as the Swiss would come, Shaqiri had a surprise in store, burying a wonderful scissor-kick in off the post after a Stephan Lichtsteiner cross had been half-cleared. It was Shaqiri and Co who brought the greater menace in extra time as well, and it took another excellent Fabiański save – from substitute Eren Derdiyok's header – to earn Poland their opportunity to shine from the spot.

Man of the match: Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland)
Fair to say that Shaqiri had not taken UEFA EURO 2016 by storm going into this round of 16 encounter. Subdued by his own high standards after a fine season with Stoke, the burly playmaker had faced criticism back home, and he had a difficult first half here. He came out in defiant mood after the restart, though, and helped the Swiss shift momentum before his phenomenal strike – after which he tried everything to decide the match before the recourse to spot kicks.

Poland concede at last
One of just two teams along with Germany not to ship a goal in the group stage, Poland have elicited plenty of praise for their defensive rigour. Central pair Kamil Glik and Michał Pazdan were solid again here behind the screening presence of Grzegorz Krychowiak, while stand-in keeper Fabiański did superbly to deny Rodríguez and Derdiyok. There was little any of them could do to stop Shaqiri, but their next opponents will know they are not invincible.

Lewandowski still waiting
Poland coach Nawałka said yesterday he had no issue with Robert Lewandowski's barren run at these finals, and he will likely repeat the line after his captain helped the Poles break new ground in a UEFA European Championship.

The Bayern forward has now gone seven internationals without finding the net – a remarkable figure for a player who registered a record-equalling 13 times during qualifying and also hit 30 Bundesliga goals last term. Nevertheless, he continues to create space for team-mates in a more wide-ranging role, making Poland far less obvious as an attacking force, and he converted his spot kick with familiar poise and accuracy.

Switzerland's spot-kick woes
While neither country had much experience of penalty shoot-outs coming into this match, the Swiss will be starting to dread them after once more finishing on the losing side. Their sole previous taste of the spot-kick circus was against Ukraine at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, where they missed all three attempts. They did much better here, of course, with Xhaka alone seeming daunted by the task.

Team reporters' views from Stade Geoffroy Guichard

Matthew Howarth, Switzerland (@UEFAcomMattH)
Absolutely heartbreaking for Switzerland. They merited more based on their second-half display and boss Vladimir Petković can be proud of his squad's achievements in France. However, the Nati's 62-year wait for a place in the quarter-finals of a major tournament goes on.

Piotr Koźmiński, Poland (@UEFAcomPiotrK)
Another formidable win for Poland. Nawałka's men have written a new chapter in Polish football at this EURO, and again they got a goal from Błaszczykowski, who also delivered the decider against Ukraine. 'Kuba' has now notched 18 for his country, who have never lost when he has scored. Lewandowski was perhaps less impressive, but the defence – hitherto impermeable – caught the eye yet again.

Last updated: 12/07/16 17.22CET

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Lineups

Switzerland

Switzerland

Poland

Poland

1
SommerYann Sommer (GK)
22
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
2
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner (C)
2
PazdanMichał Pazdan
Yellow Card111 ET
9
SeferovićHaris Seferović
3
JędrzejczykArtur Jędrzejczyk
Yellow Card58
10
XhakaGranit Xhaka
5
MączyńskiKrzysztof Mączyński
Substitution101 ET
11
BehramiValon Behrami
Substitution77
7
MilikArkadiusz Milik
13
RodríguezRicardo Rodríguez
9
LewandowskiRobert Lewandowski (C)
15
DžemailiBlerim Džemaili
Substitution58
10
KrychowiakGrzegorz Krychowiak
18
MehmediAdmir Mehmedi
Substitution70
11
GrosickiKamil Grosicki
Substitution104 ET
20
DjourouJohan Djourou
Yellow Card117 ET
15
GlikKamil Glik
22
SchärFabian Schär
Yellow Card55
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Goal39
23
ShaqiriXherdan Shaqiri
Goal82
20
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek

Substitutes

12
HitzMarwin Hitz (GK)
1
SzczęsnyWojciech Szczęsny (GK)
21
BürkiRoman Bürki (GK)
12
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
3
MoubandjeFrançois Moubandje
4
CionekThiago Cionek
4
ElvediNico Elvedi
6
JodłowiecTomasz Jodłowiec
Substitution101 ET
5
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
8
LinettyKarol Linetty
6
M. LangMichael Lang
13
StępińskiMariusz Stępiński
7
EmboloBreel Embolo
Substitution58
14
WawrzyniakJakub Wawrzyniak
8
FreiFabian Frei
17
PeszkoSławomir Peszko
Substitution104 ET
14
ZakariaDenis Zakaria
18
SalamonBartosz Salamon
16
FernandesGelson Fernandes
Substitution77
19
ZielińskiPiotr Zieliński
17
TarashajShani Tarashaj
23
StarzyńskiFilip Starzyński
19
DerdiyokEren Derdiyok
Substitution70

Coach

Vladimir Petković (SUI) Adam Nawalka (POL)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution