Robert Lewandowski had given Poland the lead after only two minutes as Kamil Grosicki provided the Bayern Munich striker with a nice pass inside the box, which allowed him to finish with a precise effort inside the left post.
The goal seemed to bring the game to life, as Portugal attacked relentlessly in search of an equalizer, even as Poland also attacked to double their lead.
New Bayern Munich signing Renato Sanches was having an impressive outing for Portugal and it was him who leveled the score on 33 minutes as Nani passed the ball to him after he had gone past a Polish marker and exchanged passes with the former Manchester United winger. He fired in a deflected shot from the edge of the box as the Portuguese went into the break level.
The game continued at frenetic pace as both teams tried to outdo each other, but it wasn’t to be as the game ended 1-1 in regulation time to force it into extra time.
The 30 minutes played in extra time also yielded no fruit, before it went on to penalty shootout, where Portugal eventually won, after Jakub Blaszczykowski wasted his opportunity to score from the spot. He attempted to slot into the bottom right corner, but Rui Patricio pulled off a superb save, as Portugal progressed to the semifinals.