Poland beats Switzerland on penalties to reach quarterfinals

Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, center, celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Switzerland and Poland, at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Saturday, June 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Poland became the first team to advance to the quarterfinals of the European Championship after it converted all its penalties to beat Switzerland 5-4 in a shootout.

Following a 1-1 draw Saturday at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in the southeastern city of Saint-Etienne, Grzegorz Krychowiak stepped up to score the winning penalty.

Poland converted all five of its spot kicks. The only person to miss was Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka who fired his kick wide of the left hand post.

Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Poland the lead in the 39th minute with a low shot that went between the legs of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer. It was his second goal of the tournament.

Switzerland equalized with a spectacular 82nd minute bicycle kick from Xherdan Shaqiri to send the match into extra time. Allowed far too much space on the edge of the area, Shaqiri jumped with his back to the net before firing a left-footed shot inside the post.

In extra time, Switzerland had perhaps the best chance to score and avoid a shootout when substitute Eren Derdiyok came close in the 113th, but his header was knocked wide by Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Poland will play either Croatia or Portugal in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Marseille.

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