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Poland spent time preparing for a penalty shootout -- and it showed.The strategy paid off, and Poland reached the quarterfinals of the European Championship for the first time, after it converted all its kicks from the penalty spot to beat Switzerland 5-4 in the shootout.Poland will play either Croatia or Portugal in the quarterfinals on Thursday in Marseille, already its best performance in a major competition since the 1982 World Cup in Spain when it made the semifinals.Poland eventually took the lead in the 39th minute when Jakub Blaszczykowski scored his second goal of the tournament with a low shot that went between the legs of Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer.Switzerland substitute Eren Derdiyok had two good chances to win the match but Lukasz Fabianski kept his team in the game.Those saves were crucial as they set up the shootout that Poland had clearly prepared for.One potential concern for Poland heading into its next match is the goal drought that's afflicting its star player Robert Lewandowski.
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