PARIS, Sporting Alert – Latest Euro 2016 scores from the round of 16 games that took place on Saturday, 25 June.
POLAND 1, SWITZERLAND 1 – (Poland wins 5-4 on penalty kicks)
SAINT-ETIENNE, France — In the first game of the round of 16 in Saint-Etienne, Switzerland beat Poland on penalties to advance to the quarterfinal stage of the European Championship.
Both teams finished regulation and extra-time locked at 1-1, but the Polish side converted all its penalties to win the shootout 5-4.
During regulation play, Jakub Blaszczykowski netted with a low shot between the legs of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer to give Poland the lead in the 39th minute, which they held on to until the eighth minute of regulation.
The Swiss poked-and-poke throughout the second half and it finally grabbed an equaliser, after Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri scored with a spectacular bicycle kick, after a ball was popped up nicely for him in the 82nd minute.
With his back turned to the net near the edge of the area, Shaqiri rose high before connecting with a left-footed shot that beat Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski off the post.
That goal sent the game into extra-time and then penalty kicks, as neither team scored through 30 minutes of extra-time.
During the shootout, Poland scored all five of its penalties, while Arsenal’s new recruit, midfielder Granit Xhaka, fired wide on Switzerland’s second shot in the shootout.
NORTHERN IRELAND 0, WALES 1 (McAuley own goal)
In the second Euro 2016 round of 16 game at Parc des Princes, forward Gareth Bale helped Wales grind out a narrow 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Real Madrid forward created the lone goal Saturday, after his cross from the right hand side of the field was knocked home for an own goal by a dejected Gareth McAuley in the 75th minute.
Bale burst down the flank and aimed a teasing low cross at Hal Robson-Kanu inside the Northern Ireland six-yards.
And in his attempt to stop the delivery from reaching the Wales player, McAuley unluckily diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper, Michael McGovern, and Chris Coleman’s side managed to hold on for the win.
Bale and Wales will next play the winner of the battle between Hungary and Belgium in a quarterfinal game in Lille on Friday.
CROATIA 0, PORTUGAL 1
In the Euro 2016 round of 16 match in Lens, a goal in extra-time from substitute Ricardo Quaresma guided Portugal to a 1-0 win over Croatia.
Quaresma, who came on as a second half sub, finished from close range, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot was pushed into his path by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 117th minute.
Both teams failed to score regulation and the game was sent into extra-time.
Croatia had several chances to score in the game, with defender Domagoj Vida missing two good opportunities to score.
Ronaldo and Portugal advanced to face Poland in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Marseille.
Reporting also from Omar Hall in this story