Fixture: Euro 2016 Croatia vs Portugal
Venue: Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis
Time: 12:30 A.M IST
Cristiano Ronaldo would be hoping to achieve immortality with Portugal by winning the Euro Championship this time round. If he wins an international trophy along with his 3 Champions League winner medals, he should definitely go down as the best player of this generation.
Croatia would be aware of Ronaldo’s threat, especially with him coming back to his goal scoring form in the last game as he scored 2 against Hungary to gift his side a knockout spot.
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But while all the pre match talk has been about Ronaldo, Croatia would be enjoying the fact that they are still considered ‘underdogs’ despite topping a group that consisted of Spain.
Persisic has been amazing for Croatia in Modric’s absence and has looked very lively going forward. Rakitic too was on the scoresheet in the previous game and would be hoping for a solid performance tonight in order to stop Ronaldo and Co.
Croatia’s defence has been miserly in this group stage and would have to be at his best to deal with Ronaldo and Nani in top form.
For Portugal to have any chance of winning tonight Ronaldo will have to be at his imperious best tonight, because if he fails to deliver, I don’t see any other player having the ability to guide his team to the next round.
Head to Head
These two sides have played thrice against each other. Portugal have won all three games
Croatia will have to play out of their skins to break Portugal’s winning streak!
Predicted Croatia XI- Subasic, Srna, Corluka, Jedvaj, Vrsaljko, Rog, Badelj, Persisic, Rakitic, Pjaca, Kalinic
Predicted Portugal XI– Rui Patricio, Vieirinha, Pepe, Carvalho, Eliseu, William Carvalho, Joao Mario, Moutinho, Andre Gomes, Nani, Ronaldo
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