Croatia and Portugal played one of the drab encounters of Euro 2016 in their round of 16 clash which was settled by a dramatic winner from Ricardo Quaresma. The goal was enough for Portugal to pip Croatia 1-0 for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Croatia were one of the standout performers of the league stage and Portugal had qualified after a 3-3 draw with Hungary. As such there were hopes that this game would also be electric and high-scoring. But all those hopes were dashed as both sides played pedestrian with not many opportunities to talk about. Croatia mastered the midfield as expected with Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic running the show. Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic threatened with their runs but the game was overall a dull affair.
Just when it looked like it would go to penalties, Cristiano Ronaldo’s effort was saved by Croatian goal keeper Danijel Subasic only to see the rebound headed by Quaresmo in the 117th minute. The late goal was a cruel way for Croatia to go out but Ronaldo and Portugal live to fight another day.
Croatia v Portugal - EURO 2016 Player of the game
William Carvalho may have won the man of the match for his performances at the center of the park but it was the introduction of Renato Sanches that added spark to the Portuguese. The youngster added another feather to his cap by adding pace and energy to Portugal. Even the goal was set up by his superb run. Easily the player of the game!