Today begins the quarterfinal of UEFA Euro 2016, so here are a bunch of match previews and TV viewing info!
Portugal just edged past Croatia in the round of 16 thanks to a 117th-minute header from Ricardo Quaresma to set up a quarterfinal clash with Poland, who arrived at this stage after winning on penalties against Switzerland.
Portugal are looking to reach the last four of the European Championship for the fourth time in five tournaments as they face Poland in the first quarter-final in Marseille on Thursday night.
The quarter-finals start in Marseille, with Poland coach Adam Nawałka unsurprised his team have made it so far. Portugal's Fernando Santos, meanwhile, is readying his side for a "strategic" test.
The Wikipedia entry on the rivalry between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo runs to 5,700 words. Put another way that is almost double the coverage given to the Wall Street Crash, the event that triggered the Great Depression and the rise of Adolf Hitler. Now, however, the careers of the men who have shared the Ballon D’Or for the last eight years have diverged. After clipping his penalty over the bar in the final of the Copa America, Messi is no longer an international footballer. Ronaldo, two years older, is still standing.
Having watched Lionel Messi once again fall short in a major tournament, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo knows this tournament could be his best chance of landing international silverware - and striking a significant blow over his big rival in their personal battle to be lauded as the greatest player of their generation.
POLAND v PORTUGAL
Stade Velodrome | Marseille
Thursday, June 30, 2016
3:00pm ET | noon PT
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes (international viewing info at livesoccertv.com)