Wales' Euro 2024 Hopes Dashed by Poland in Penalty Shootout

Wales’ Euro 2024 Hopes Dashed by Poland in Penalty Shootout

Wales’ Euro 2024 hopes were dashed in heartbreaking fashion as Poland edged them out 5-4 on penalties in Cardiff. After a tense 0-0 draw, Leeds winger Dan James was the only player to miss in the shootout, sending Poland to Germany this summer.

Despite the presence of Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski, Poland failed to register a single shot on target in 120 minutes. However, they found their range from the spot, with Lewandowski, Sebastian Szymanski, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Nicola Zalewski, and Krzysztof Piatek all converting confidently.

Wales, missing the talismanic Gareth Bale, created a good game but lacked the creative spark to break down a resolute Polish defense. Kieffer Moore provided a physical presence up front, but his header was spectacularly saved by Wojciech Szczesny.

The home side finished the 90 minutes in the ascendency but could not find the breakthrough. In extra time, Poland came closest to winning the game, but Jakub Piotrowski’s effort flew inches past the far post.

Wales saw out the final few seconds with 10 men after Chris Mepham was shown a second yellow card. But their first experience of penalties was a sour one, with James’ miss proving costly.

“It’s a cruel game,” said Wales boss Rob Page. “We’ll be bigger and stronger for having gone through this horrible experience. This group is going somewhere. There is a lot more to come, there are good times ahead.”

Poland coach Michal Probierz praised his team’s performance: “We created a good, emotional game. This is a very important day for us.”

Atletico Madrid Reach Champions League Quarterfinals After Penalty Shootout Win Over Inter Milan

Atletico Madrid Reach Champions League Quarterfinals After Penalty Shootout Win Over Inter Milan

Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid overcame a 1-0 first-leg deficit to defeat Inter Milan 3-2 on penalties and advance to the Champions League quarterfinals. The match at the Metropolitano Stadium was a tense affair, with both teams creating chances throughout.

Inter took the lead in the 33rd minute through Federico Dimarco, but Atletico equalized just two minutes later with Antoine Griezmann’s goal. The match remained level until the 87th minute, when Memphis Depay scored a dramatic winner for Atletico.

In the penalty shootout, Jan Oblak saved two penalties, while Lautaro Martínez missed the final kick for Inter. Memphis Depay, Rodrigo Riquelme, and Ángel Correa converted their penalties for Atletico, while Hakan Calhanoglu and Francesco Acerbi scored for Inter.

Simeone was visibly emotional after the victory, shedding tears as he watched the Atletico fans celebrate. “It was moving,” he said. “I’m happy for the players and for the fans. We are among the best eight teams in Europe again. That tells a lot about this club.”

Oblak was the hero for Atletico, making two crucial saves in the penalty shootout. “In the end it’s a bit about luck in the shootout,” he said. “Because you have to choose the correct side and you have to make the stop. If the player takes the kick perfectly, it’s impossible to stop it. Gladly, I was able to make the saves. What matters is the victory and that we made it to the quarterfinals.”

Inter coach Simone Inzaghi was disappointed with the result but praised his team’s performance. “We must be proud of what we did in this Champions League,” he said. “In the second half we should have done better. In extra time we had more energy but unfortunately we made too many mistakes.”

The eight teams in the draw for the quarterfinals are Atletico, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Arsenal, and Barcelona.

Arsenal End 14-Year Champions League Quarterfinal Drought with Penalty Shootout Win

Arsenal End 14-Year Champions League Quarterfinal Drought with Penalty Shootout Win

Arsenal’s 14-year wait for a Champions League quarterfinal berth has come to an end, thanks to a heroic performance from goalkeeper David Raya in a penalty shootout victory over Porto.

Raya’s heroics in the shootout, where he saved two penalties, secured a 4-2 win after the match ended 1-1 on aggregate. Arsenal had trailed 1-0 from the first leg in Portugal, but Leandro Trossard’s goal in the 41st minute leveled the tie.

Despite extra time, neither side could find a winning goal, leading to the penalty shootout. Arsenal’s Leandro Trossard, Kai Havertz, Bukayo Saka, and Declan Rice all converted their spot kicks, setting the stage for Raya’s decisive save.

Raya’s performance was a vindication for Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, who had faced criticism for his decision to replace Aaron Ramsdale as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper. “It’s a great feeling for me personally,” Raya said. “We’ve worked a lot on penalties this year, and all the hard work has paid off.”

Arsenal’s victory marks a significant milestone for the club, which had endured seven straight round-of-16 losses under Arsene Wenger. It also gives Arteta a chance to achieve what Wenger never could: winning the Champions League.

“We’re starting to create an unbelievable energy in the stadium,” Arteta said. “We were all pushing to get it done, and together we have done it.”

Porto, meanwhile, will be disappointed to have come so close to reaching the quarterfinals. The Portuguese side had defended resolutely throughout the match, but Raya’s heroics proved too much to overcome.

Ronaldo's Al-Nassr Ousted from Asian Champions League in Penalty Shootout

Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr Ousted from Asian Champions League in Penalty Shootout

Cristiano Ronaldo’s debut in the Asian Champions League ended in disappointment as his new club, Al-Nassr, was eliminated in the quarterfinals on Monday. Despite a valiant effort in the second leg, Al-Nassr fell short in a penalty shootout against Al-Ain of the United Arab Emirates.

Ronaldo, who joined Al-Nassr in January on a lucrative contract, scored a penalty in the 118th minute to level the aggregate score at 4-4. However, he was the only home player to convert in the shootout, as Al-Ain prevailed 3-1.

Al-Nassr had responded to a 1-0 first-leg defeat by winning the return match 4-3 in Riyadh. Soufiane Rahimi, who scored the only goal in the first leg, gave Al-Ain a 3-0 advantage overall with two goals in the first half.

But Al-Nassr fought back, with Abdulrahman Ghareeb and an own goal from Al-Ain goalkeeper Khalid Eisa bringing the hosts level. Alex Telles then scored with 18 minutes remaining to force extra time.

Al-Ain regained the lead through Sultan Al Shamsi, but Ronaldo’s penalty kept Al-Nassr’s hopes alive. In the shootout, however, Marcelo Brozovic, Telles, and Otavio all failed to score, handing Al-Ain a place in the semifinals.

Ronaldo, who missed several chances in regulation, expressed his frustration after the match. “I’m disappointed with the result,” he said. “We had our chances, but we didn’t take them. We have to learn from this and come back stronger.”

Al-Ain will face another Saudi Arabian team, Al-Hilal, in the semifinals. Al-Hilal holds a 2-0 lead over two-time champion Al-Ittihad heading into their second leg on Tuesday.

In the eastern zone, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan HD meet on Tuesday. The South Korean teams are 1-1 after the first leg. Yokohama F.Marinios of Japan has a 2-1 advantage over China’s Shandong Taishan in the other quarter.

Mizoram Edges Kerala in Santosh Trophy Quarterfinal Penalty Shootout

Mizoram Edges Kerala in Santosh Trophy Quarterfinal Penalty Shootout

The 77th National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy witnessed a thrilling conclusion to the quarterfinals, with Mizoram edging out Kerala 7-6 in a nail-biting sudden-death penalty shootout.

The match at the Golden Jubilee Stadium on Tuesday saw both teams locked in a goalless stalemate throughout regulation and extra time. The deadlock persisted even in the tie-breaker, with the teams tied 5-5 before Kerala’s Sujith V.R. missed his attempt, handing Mizoram the victory.

Mizoram’s M.C. Malsawmzuala, Malsawmfela, F.C. Lalhmunmawia, E. Lalremtluanga, L. Tochhawng, Lalremruata, and Lalbiakthanga all converted their penalties, while Kerala’s Sanju G, Arjun V, Mohamed Salim, Riswanali Edakkavil, Sarath Prasanth K, and Jithin Gopalakrishnan scored before Sujith’s crucial miss.

The match was characterized by end-to-end action, with both Kerala and Mizoram creating numerous chances. However, poor finishing and solid goalkeeping from both sides kept the scoreline blank.

Earlier in the day, former champion Manipur showcased their attacking prowess with a resounding 7-1 victory over Assam in the third quarterfinal. Sadananda Singh led the charge for Manipur with a hat-trick, while Phijam Sanathoi Meetei, Ngangbam Pacha Singh (penalty), Maibam Deny Singh, and Imarson Meitei also found the net. Joydeep Gogoi scored the lone goal for Assam.

With these results, Mizoram and Manipur have advanced to the semifinals of the Santosh Trophy, while Kerala and Assam have been eliminated.

Back to Top

Search For Products

Product has been added to your cart