It was a great strike.

Renato Sanches equalises for Portugal with super strike

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As they were trailing 1-0 with just 12 minutes until half-time, Portugal needed a moment of magic from one of their players to get them back on level terms.

With Cristiano Ronaldo suffering a fairly quiet night, it wasn’t him that forced an equaliser before the break.

Instead, it was the player that is tipped to follow in Ronaldo's footsteps and become Portugal’s next star.


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That man is Renato Sanches.

The 18-year-old hauled his country level with a fantastic strike - although it did back a slight deflection. Sanches played a one-two with Nani and the former Manchester United winger flicked the ball into his path. On the edge of the box,  Sanches unleashed a fierce strike with his left foot to level the match. 

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Take a look at the strike below:

The goal may have hurt Manchester United fans. That’s because the Red Devils were heavily linked with signing him a couple of months ago and it seemed just a matter of time before they announced the deal.

However, the midfielder surprisingly made a move to Bayern Munich to disappointed United supporters.

Sanches, of course, is recognised as one of the most exciting young players in world football after a remarkable debut campaign for Benfica. 


He has gone from strength-to-strength throughout the course of the season and looks destined to reach the top. 

His goal against Poland in this quarter-final clash was his first for Portugal but, at such a tender age, it’s bound to be the first of many.

Ronaldo may be the country’s talisman but with talents like Sanches, Portugal will feel they can go all the way in this competition. They are being held 1-1 by Poland at half-time but knew they have the talent to reach the last-four.

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