The Euro 2016 quarterfinals begin Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo when Portugal take on Poland seeking a new measure towards his first international title.

Euro 2016: Spain dreaming about Cristiano Ronaldo blitz against the Poland of Robert Lewandowski.

In the conflict of Europe‘s top strikers, Poland will be counting on the Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich by scoring his first goal to deaden the Ronaldo risk.

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The and Portugal, whose match of Poland, have underachieved at the World Cup and Euros and both have a golden opportunity to make a name. The victor will face Wales or Belgium in the semifinal avoiding the colossi that are favored. The coach, Fernando Santos of Portugal, said neither side should be assured. “There’s no favorite; it’s 50-50.”

Euro 2016 Spain dreaming about Cristiano Ronaldo blitz against the Poland of Robert Lewandowski

Much focus will be on Ronaldo, a regular match-winner for Real Madrid, who has never have success. But the 31-year old is just one single goal by matching French star Michel Platini’s record mark of nine goals in the Euro finals.

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Santos said the actor could handle the anticipations. “It’s a natural thing some are mentioned more than others since they’re excellent players. Ronaldo understands the best way to deal with that,” said Santos.

Euro 2016 Spain dreaming about Cristiano Ronaldo blitz against the Poland of Robert Lewandowski.

But he hasn’t scored in four matches in France. Poland must thank its strong defense for much of its success.
Poland trainer Adam Nawalka insists he has complete trust in Lewandowski. But he’s also waiting to come high for Poland.

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Milik said he’s attempted to learn from Ronaldo. “It’ll be unique for me to play against him tomorrow, but of course, I am going to try and concentrate on my team as opposed to looking up to him.”

Portugal has fitness worries over Andre Gomes, Raphael Guerreiro, and Joao Moutinho so that 18-year old Renato Sanches could begin for the very first time in the tournament.

Euro 2016 Spain dreaming about Cristiano Ronaldo blitz against the Poland of Robert Lewandowski.

Nevertheless, Santos said: “He just began working with us in March. Wales against Belgium follows the match on Friday in Lille. World champions Germany and Italy play, in Bordeaux on Saturday expecting to stop a run of eight defeats in the main tournaments by their competitors, with their strong defense.