Poland: Szczesny reaches quarter-final

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Poland celebrate reaching the quarter-finals

Find out how Wojciech Szczesny performed for Poland as they faced Switzerland in the last 16 of Euro 2016.


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Saturday, June 25, Switzerland 1-1 Poland (Poland win 5-4 on penalties)
Wojciech Szczesny was an unused substitute in Poland’s 1-0 win against Switzerland. After Arkadiusz Milk and Robert Lewandowski had spurned first-half chances, Poland were rewarded for their dominance when Jakub Blaszczykowski fired home at the far post on the stroke of half-time. Fabian Schar was lucky not to receive a red card for a robust challenge after the break, but then the Swiss began to control proceedings. First Ricardo Rodriguez forced former Gunner Lukasz Fabianski into a sensational save with a 25-yard free-kick before Haris Seferovic rattled the crossbar. Switzerland’s pressure soon paid off, though, when Sheridan Shaqiri equalised with a stunning overhead kick to take the game to extra-time.


Following a quiet first 15 minutes of extra-time, Shaqiri nearly turned provider after the restart when he found Eren Derdiyok but Fabianski came off his line quickly to make another crucial save. The Switzerland striker had one final chance to score a late winner, but could not direct his shot past Fabianski as the game went to penalties. Granit Xhaka sent his penalty wide after Stephan Lichtsteiner and Robert Lewandowski had scored from the spot, and Poland made no mistake to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

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