Football fans can watch the Portugal vs. Poland match live online and see which team can win on the big stage and advance through to the Round of Eight in the Euro 2016.
The teams will meet on Thursday in a quarterfinal matchup, with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. GMT (3 p.m. EST).
Poland will receive a boost as midfielder Bartosz Kapustka will be back after serving a suspension for the Switzerland match, but others will be out, including goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, whose thigh injury will be keeping him out.
There could be some extra motivation for Portugal and star player Cristiano Ronaldo, who is aiming for his first big win in an international tournament. As BBC Sport noted, his bid to be known as the best player in this generation could be hanging in the balance after Lionel Messi’s Argentina squad lost a heartbreaking final in the 2016 Copa America, where Messi’s missed penalty kick ended up being the difference.
The loss was so devastating that Messi ended up retiring from international play, something BBC Sport suggests Ronaldo could do following the Euro 2016.
“Having watched Lionel Messi once again fall short in a major tournament, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo knows this tournament could be his best chance of landing international silverware – and striking a significant blow over his big rival in their personal battle to be lauded as the greatest player of their generation.
“If Portugal lose to Poland, who knows whether Ronaldo would announce his international retirement, as Messi did after Argentina’s defeat on penalties in the Copa America final this week.”
Fans who watch the Portugal vs. Poland football match live online will also be able to see if Poland can continue its unlikely run. The team had never won a European Championship finals match before, and with a win on Thursday, they would match the best-ever finish in a major tournament, the 1982 World Cup, in which the Polish team was the semifinalist.
But winning on the international stage is nothing new for Portugal, which has reached the quarterfinals of the European Championships in every tournament for the last 20 years. Thursday’s match also gives the Portuguese team the chance to advance to the semi-finals for the fifth time in the last seven Euro finals.
This is the third time the teams have met in a major tournament, with Poland winning 1-0 in the 1986 World Cup and Poland blowing out the Polish team 4-0 at the 2002 World Cup.
Portugal is seen as a slight favorite in Thursday’s match, though Poland has been playing loose and is not burdened by the larger expectations facing Ronaldo and his teammates.
“By reaching the knockout rounds, Poland’s minimum expectation was achieved, and with victory over Switzerland their target was hit. Now the pressure is off — not that they have seemed to play with any pressure on them, anyway,” noted ESPNFC analyst Ryan Hubbard.
It will be up to Poland’s stiff defense to contain Ronaldo, and they have been up to the task so far this tournament. The backfield tandem of Michal Pazdan and Kamil Glik have been great against opposing attackers, though none have been to the level of Ronaldo, ESPNFC noted.
But this has already been a tournament full of surprises, including Iceland sinking England earlier in the week to advance to the semifinal round and the Republic of Ireland’s run to the Round of 16. A potential win by Poland would seem uneventful by example.
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