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Euro 2016 : Portugal beat Poland on penalties to reach semi-final

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PARIS — Portugal fixed their place into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after a 5-3 win in penalties against Poland. Both teams were bolted at 1-1 after 90 minutes and then after extra time.

This is Portugal’s fifth Euro semi-final in seven past editions. The Cristiano Ronaldo-led side will face the winner of Wales and Belgium in the last-4 encounter.

Poland raced into the lead in the second minute when Kamil Grosicki burst down the left and crossed into the middle where Robert Lewandowski sidefooted the ball into the net for his first goal of the competition.

Jakub Blaszczykowski failed to convert Poland’s fourth penalty, which was saved by Rui Patricio, as Portugal earned a semi-final against either Wales or Belgium in Lyon on July 6.

Renato Sanches, 18, and starting an international for the first time, levelled for Portugal after 33 minutes, collecting Nani’s backheeled pass and firing past Lukasz Fabianski from the edge of the penalty area.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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