Bayern Munich players will be on opposite sides of the field at the Stade Vélodrome when Robert Lewandowski and Poland take on Renato Sanches and Portugal. It’s the first quarterfinal match at Euro 2016, and the two teams are targeting a berth in the Final with the heavyweights in the other bracket.
Poland have made it to the quarterfinals without a single goal from Lewandowski. The forward has struggled to find the back of the net. With most opposition defenses geared to stop him, Lewandowski’s presence has opened space just in front of the defense allowing players like Jakub Blaszczykowski free reign to attack.
However, Poland need Lewandowski to be Lewandowski. He needs to find goals if Poland want to have a shot at winning this tournament.
On the other side, Portugal will be expecting Sanches to be the spark out of the midfield that he has been in all of their matches so far. It’s possible that Sanches could find himself in the starting lineup. The 18 year old has been impressing everyone with his ability to break from deep with counterattacks, even if his final ball is lacking a bit.
Of course, Portugal also have that Cristiano Ronaldo guy to rely on if needed.
This one is going to be fun.
Poland vs. Portugal
Location: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France
Time: 9:00 PM local, 3:00 PM ET
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