Could Euro 2016 be won without picking up a single win in 90 minutes?
Portugal qualified comfortably for Euro 2016 by topping their group with 7 wins out of a possible 8 and they have just booked themselves a place in the semi-final without a single victory in 90 minutes. After 3 disappointing draws in the group stages, they needed extra time and a penalty shootout against Croatia and Poland respectively to reach the semi-final.
The Portuguese have only been leading a game for a total of 19 minutes in the tournament yet it’s an astonishing achievement that they are still there. With a mix of experience and youth from the ever present Ricardo Carvalho to Renato Sanches, a man Bayern Munich have just purchased for £35 million, they are starting to believe that it could be their year.
One man who will be hoping they can go all the way is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese captain was part of the squad which lost out to Greece in the 2004 final and you can get odds at 5/1 that Ronaldo will lead his men one step further this time.
They might be getting called the draw specialists but they find themselves in yet another semi-final at a major tournament.