It’s a big game for…
The unsung star of the side, much of the work of Poland’s big defensive midfielder goes under the radar. One of the finest exponents in his position in world football, Krychowiak is a vital part of a defensive unit that has only conceded to a wonder strike from Xherdan Shaqiri at this tournament. He joined Sevilla in 2014 and has since collected two Europa League titles, as well as being named in the La Liga team of the year in his debut season. Showed nerves of steel to dispatch the winning penalty against Switzerland in the round of 16.
Despite their underwhelming form in France, Portugal are unbeaten in manager Fernando Santos’ 11 competitive games in charge. All eight wins in that sequence have come by a single goal.
Player to watch…
Surprisingly excluded for Portugal’s opening draw with Iceland, Carvalho has been a mainstay ever since. Perennially linked with Europe’s top clubs, the highly rated 24 year-old defensive midfielder curiously remains at Sporting Lisbon.
The standout performer at last summer’s European under-21 championships, the languid Carvalho can make the game look ridiculously easy at his best.
Premier League interest…
Poland (2): Artur Boruc, Łukasz Fabiański
Portugal (2) José Fonte, Cédric
Poland 0 Portugal 0, Friendly 2012
Portugal 2 (Maniche, Ronaldo) Poland 2 (M Lewandowski, Krzynowek) European Championship qualifier, 2007
Who will the winners face next…
The victors will face the winners of Wales v Belgium in the semi-final.
Date: Thursday, 30th June
Venue: Stade Velodrome, Marseille
Kick-Off Time: 8pm
TV: Live on ITV
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