Bengaluru, July 4: The quarter-final of Euro 2016 are over now as we are left with the last four teams of the tournament.
We saw some intense battles among the eight teams in the last round. 2 out of the 4 games went into the extra-time/penalty shootout.
In the first game, Poland took the lead thanks to a fantastic strike from their star player, Roberto Lewandowski. But soon 18-year-old Renato Sanches equalised with a dream goal. Portugal ultimately got better of the two in the penalty shootout.
The second game proved to be a thriller between Wales and Belgium. Wales qualified for a major international tournament first time since 58 years. In their debut Euro cup, they have progressed to the semi-final playing some brilliant football. Radja Naingollan's world class shot gave Belgium the lead but Wales had the final laugh as they pumped in three goals.
The third game witnessed the titanic clash between Italy and Germany. Mesut Ozil gave Germans the lead but Italy equalised from a late penalty. The game went to penalty shootout were two of the best goalkeepers Gialluigi Buffon and Manuel Neuer came face to face. Ultimately Neuer emerged in this nerve wrecking battle as Germany progressed to the next stage breaking major jinx.
Last night (3rd July) hosts France took on Iceland who have a dream run in the Euro 2016. Iceland defeated England in the round of 16 and also finished above Portugal in the group stage. General sentiments were in favour of the minnows but unfortunately France were too good for the them. Didier Deschamps men pumped in 5 goals as France defeated Iceland 5-2.
Here is a summary of what happened in the quarter-final of Euro 2016
Match 1: Poland Vs Portugal - 1-1 (3-5)
Match 2: Wales Vs Belgium - 3-1
Match 3: Germany Vs Italy - 1-1 (6-5)
Match 4: France Vs Iceland - 5-2
Semi-finals Schedule (All matches LIVE on Sony SIX/Sony ESPN)
Match 1: Portugal Vs Wales: 12.30 AM IST (Lyon) July 7 (Thursday)
Match 2: France Vs Germany: 12.30 AM IST (Marseille) July 8 (Friday)