06/30 14:05 CDT The Latest: Lewandowski scores for Poland against Portugal
The Latest: Lewandowski scores for Poland against Portugal
By The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) --- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):
GOAL: Robert Lewandowski scores for Poland in the 2nd minute. Poland leads
Portugal's 18-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches is making his first start of
the European Championship in the quarterfinal against Poland.
Sanches, a Bayern Munich recruit who has made three appearances in France as a
substitute, takes the place of Andre Gomes, who is injured.
Eliseu is starting for injured left-back Raphael Guerreiro.
Poland manager Adam Nawalka has stuck with the same starting 11 from its
round-of-16 win over Switzerland in a penalty shootout.
Here are the lineups for the quarterfinal between Poland and Portugal in
Poland: Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Piszczek, Kamil Glik, Michal Pazdan, Artur
Jedrzejczyk, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Krzysztof Maczynski,
Kamil Grosicki, Arkadiusz Milik, Robert Lewandowski.
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Eliseu, Joao Mario, Renato
Sanches, William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen has been ruled out of the rest of the
tournament after twisting his ankle in training, a day before his team's
quarterfinal game against Wales.
Belgium coach Marc Wilmots says the Tottenham defender tore ligaments and will
likely be out for six to eight weeks.
"It's a sporting tragedy for him. Mentally and physically he was completely
fit," Wilmots says.
The absence of his most-capped player (83 games) increases Wilmots' defensive
worries ahead of the Wales game.
With regulars Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaerts not at the tournament due
to injury and Thomas Vermaelen sitting out a suspension, Wilmots will have to
rely on a less-experienced replacement. Jordan Lukaku (four caps), Jason
Denayer (seven) or Thomas Meunier (eight) could play.
Wales coach Chris Coleman says Vertonghen's injury means "a big loss to
Belgium" but added "they've got so much talent" in order to find suitable
UEFA says all 1,818 doping test taken from European Championship players have
so far tested negative.
UEFA says 354 samples collected at matches added to the 1,464 that were taken
out-of-competition since Jan. 1.
Results from testing the blood, urine and serum samples will be used for
individual players' biological passports to monitor possible effects of doping
UEFA says it plans long-term storage of samples taken from Euro 2016 and the
Champions League and Europa League for possible re-testing "due to intelligence
received or new analytical techniques becoming available."
UEFA says there will be a moment of applause ahead of the European Championship
quarterfinal between Poland and Portugal in honor of the victims of Tuesday's
attacks at an airport in Istanbul.
Suspected militants from the Islamic State group attacked the airport with guns
and bombs. At least 44 people have died as a result.
UEFA says Thursday's tribute is "in memory of the victims of Tuesday's
terrorist attack in Istanbul and other attacks which have occurred during the
There was a similar tribute in Marseille ahead of a group stage game between
France and Albania in memory of two French police officers who were killed at
Germany coach Joachim Loew has a full squad to pick from for Saturday's
quarterfinal against Italy in Bordeaux after left back Jonas Hector overcame a
cold to take part in training.
Oliver Bierhoff, part of Germany's winning Euro 1996 team and who is now part
of Loew's backroom staff, said the "situation is very positive" and that "Jonas
Germany is aiming to beat Italy at a major tournament for the first time.
Bierhoff said Antonio Conte's side is "definitely the hardest opponent we could
meet, not because we always had difficulties against them historically, but
because this team is really well organized, concentrated, and has shown itself
to be strong in the games so far."
Italy has impressed with 2-0 wins over Belgium and two-time defending champions
"It will be a tough battle," Bierhoff said at the side's tournament base in
Evian-les-Bains. "There's huge respect for the Italian team, but no fear."
France left back Patrice Evra has made light of the minor hand injury he
sustained in training.
The 35-year-old Evra hurt his left hand when he fell following a collision with
midfielder Moussa Sissoko late in Wednesday's training session; with the team's
medical staff quickly applying ice and bandaging it.
Evra, who was not wearing the bandage when he attended a news conference on
Thursday, was in a light-hearted mood when a reporter asked about his injury.
"Thanks for asking about me, that's so nice; it touches my heart," Evra said,
then added jokingly. "I've only twisted all four fingers, but other than that
Evra is expected to start against Iceland in the quarterfinal at Stade de
France on Sunday.
Belgium captain Eden Hazard has returned to training ahead of the team's
European Championship quarterfinal match against Wales.
Hazard missed practice sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday because of a thigh
problem. He trained early Thursday at the team's base in Bordeaux, before the
Belgians' scheduled departure to the northern city of Lille where Friday's
match against Wales is staged.
The Chelsea winger is Belgium's most dangerous attacking player and starred in
the 4-0 victory over Hungary in the round of 16.