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Poland advances to the quarterfinals after a 5-4 penalty-kick shootout victory over Switzerland.

June 24, 2016

Poland is through to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals after ousting Switzerland on penalty kicks, 5-4, following a 1-1 draw.

Jakub Blaszczykowski and Xherdan Shaqiri scored in regulation, with the latter netting on an audacious bicycle kick in the 82nd minute to level the score. Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski robbed Eren Derdiyok of a would-be winner to keep the match tied, and Poland converted all five of its PKs in the shootout to advance and eliminate the Swiss. Granit Xhaka had Switzerland's only miss of the shootout.

Blaszczykowski opened the scoring for Poland in the 39th minute, after the side had missed a handful of quality chances. After Fabianski started the sequence with a throw out of the back, Kamil Grosicki found Blaszczykowski on the right side of the box, and the Dortmund winger beat Yann Sommer through the legs to give Poland the lead.

Xherdan Shaqiri sent the match to extra time in spectacular fashion, scoring perhaps the goal of the tournament with an audacious 82nd-minute bicycle kick from the edge of the box: 

Xhaka, Arsenal's summer signing from Borussia Monchengladbach, missed his PK well wide, giving Poland an opening to win in the shootout:

Grzegorz Krychowiak scored the decisive penalty to clinch the match and send Poland through, where it will play either Croatia or Portugal in the quarterfinals.

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