A late goal Ricardo Quaresma sent to Portugal in the quarter-finals of the European championship.
Caution. So simple, but capacious word can describe a promising match between Croatia and Portugal. The fear of being left out of the playoffs has forced both teams to forget about his attacking the insides and concentrate on neutralizing the opponent.
For 90 minutes, the teams failed to trouble the goalkeepers. Sleepy on the field only occasionally diluted half chances after set pieces. Naturally, the game flowed into overtime.
Shortly before the decisive ball of Croatia has decided to avoid penalties and actively went ahead – after the error patrício at the output of the head does not hit the empty net and hit perišić took the near post. Literally in the next attack, Ronaldo has been robbed of Strinic, broke up the counterattack and it was completed, though he parried the captain of the Portuguese, but on the rebound Quaresma nobody prevented to send the ball into the empty net.
It was the first and the second shots on target in this match.
Portugal stopped the formidable Croats, and went to meet the Polish national team. The captain of Croatia and Shakhtar’s Darijo Srna completed the international career.
Croatia — Portugal 0:1
Goal: Quaresma, 117
Croatia: Subašić — Srna, Corluka (Kramaric, 120), Vida, Strinic — Badelj, Modric — Brozović, Rakitic (Piazza, 110), Perisic — Mandzukic (Kalinic, 88)
Portugal: Patrício — Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro — Adrien (Danilo Pereira, 108), Mario (Quaresma, 87), William Carvalho, André Gomes (Renata Sanchez, 50) — Nani, Ronaldo
Warning: William Carvalho