QPlay: Portugal in Semis; Ibra Joins Man U; Phelps Makes History

All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.

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1. Portugal Beat Poland on Penalties to Reach Semi-final

Portugal reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 by beating Poland 5-3 on penalties after the two sides drew 1-1 after extra time on Thursday.

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 Wednesday.

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.

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.

The Indian hockey team at the 5 Nations Tournament. (Photo: Hockey India)
The Indian hockey team at the 5 Nations Tournament. (Photo: Hockey India)

2. Hockey: New Zealand beat India 1-0

New Zealand defeated India 1-0 in the Six Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament 2016 here on Thursday.

Stephen Jenness scored the only goal in the 18th minute to guide New Zealand to a much-needed win over India. Failing to make the most of the chances, India handed over the match to New Zealand, who played sensibly to not allow their opponent to sneak through their defence.

India now recorded their second defeat of the tournament after losing to Germany 4-0 and find themselves in the bottom half of the points table.

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3. Ibrahimovic to Join Manchester United

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is joining Manchester United and will play for his first Premier League club at the age of 34 under his former manager Jose Mourinho.

“Time to let the world know my next destination is @Manutd,” Ibrahimovic said on Twitter on Thursday.

The much-travelled striker will link up with Mourinho, his former manager at Inter Milan, who has just taken over at Old Trafford. United, who have not paid a fee to sign the out-of-contract Ibrahimovic, will be the eighth club of a career which began with his hometown team Malmo in 1999 and has included spells at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona and AC Milan.

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(Photo: AP)

4. Belgium‘s Vertonghen Injured on Eve of Wales Clash

Belgium are set to be without injured Jan Vertonghen for their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales as their defensive crisis mounts.

Belgian media reported that the centre back twisted his ankle at the end of training on Thursday and is unlikely to play any part against Wales in Lille on Friday.

Vertonghen has been playing at left back for Belgium this tournament, but had been an option to move into the centre alongside Toby Alderweireld against Wales due to the suspension of Thomas Vermaelen.

Coach Marc Wilmots may have to turn to 21-year-old Jason Denayer to fill in the heart of the defence. The inexperienced Jordan Lukaku is the likely candidate to deputise at left back.

5. Politicians Can Participate in the Affairs of BCCI: SC

The Supreme Court on Thursday said that it was not against politicians taking part in the affairs of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or interfering in its autonomy but only wanted that its activities promoted development of the game in the country.

The court said this as it reserved its verdict on the BCCI and its state affiliates red flagging some of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha Committee. They are particularly aggrieved by the recommendations providing for ‘one state, one vote’, ceiling on the tenure of the office bearers and presence of a CAG nominee on the BCCI board.

“We are not reviewing any decision of the BCCI. Say if they are selecting a team whether they should have a fast bowler or a spinner. We are not going to step in there,” said the bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla.

Belinda Bencic in action at the Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)
Belinda Bencic in action at the Wimbledon. (Photo: AP)

6. Nishikori Battles Through, Bencic and Ferrer Out

Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori struggled into the Wimbledon third round while Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic and Spanish veteran David Ferrer exited as the All England Club played catch-up after a rain-lashed two days.

Nishikori saw off France’s world number 547 Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Centre Court and goes on to meet Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.

Nineteen-year-old Bencic became the highest-ranked casualty at Wimbledon when the seventh seed retired from her second round match against American qualifier Julia Boserup. Bencic was 6-4, 1-0 down on Court Three to the world number 225 who is making her Grand Slam debut.

Spain’s David Ferrer, the 13th seed, lost to fellow 34-year-old -- and grass court specialist -- Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

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(Photo: AP)

7. Phelps Qualifies for Fifth Consecutive Olympics

Michael Phelps, who came out of retirement in 2014 and rededicated himself to the pool, punched his ticket to the Rio Games on Wednesday by winning the 200 metres butterfly at the U.S. Olympic trials.

Cheered on by a capacity crowd that included his fiancée and their infant son, Phelps stormed to the wall in one minute, 54.84 seconds to become the first American male swimmer to make five Olympic teams in his career.

That means the most tonight. I think with everything that has happened and being able to come back that was probably harder than any swim I have had in my life.”
Michael Phelps

Already the most decorated Olympian of all-time with 22 medals, including 18 gold, Phelps will head to Rio looking to reclaim the Olympic title he won in 2004 and defended in 2008 but surrendered to South African Chad le Clos in 2012.

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