Euro 2016: Battle for the quarterfinal- Portugal Vs Croatia, In the third face off of last 16, Portugal will take on Croatia on Saturday night. Portugal needs Cristiano Ronaldo’s magic performance again like he did against Hungary to grab a third successive draw for the group stages.
Croatia has delivered the unexpected performances and finish top of Group D as they beat Turkey and then upset the favourites Spain.
All the Portugal’s players are fit and Coach Fernando Santos will play with his full-strength in the match. Left-back Raphael Guerreiro, who has suffered the muscle problem, has recovered well.
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric is likely to return after recovering from his groyne problems. He had also missed the match against Spain.
Euro 2016: Battle for the quarterfinal- Portugal Vs Croatia
Nikola Kalinic has scored against the Spain it is up to the Coach Ante Cacic to decide whether to recall striker Mario Mandzukic or not.
- Portugal has not conceded any goal and scored six and have won all three previous encounters with Croatia.
- Portugal met Croatia at Euro 1996 the last meeting at a major tournament where Portugal won the group game by 3-0 at the City Ground in Nottingham.
- In 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland was the last time when both sides have faced each other in where Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal led Portugal to a win.
- Drawing all three of their group game, Portugal set a record and is the first team to draw all their group games at a European Championship finals.
- Portugal has played 31 games without ever winning the tournament in the history of the European Championship which is more than any other team.
- Portuguese are unbeaten winning seven games out of their last 10 competitive fixtures.
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored five and Nani scored two out of last seven goals scored by Portugal at the European Championship.
- Portugal conceded all three of the goals against Hungary were struck from outside the penalty area. This is first that has happened since 1980 at the European Championship.
- The Croats have won six games, lost only one and three draws of their last 10 games at the European Championship.
- In their last ten internationals, Croatia is also unbeaten in their last 10 internationals winning eight and two draw which is also the longest current run of any team at Euro 2016.
- In 1998 World Cup, Croatia has won a knock-out game, the first at the major tournament.
- At Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Croatia has registered a 3-1 victory against Jamaica at the 1998 World Cup.
- Ivan Perisic has scored four goals and assisted three goals at major tournaments – only Davor Suker has a better record for Croatia who scored nine goals and one assist.
Goalkeepers: R Patrício (Sporting CP), A Lopes (Lyon), E (Dínamo Zagreb).
Defenders: Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Cédric (Southampton), Pepe (Real Madrid), R Carvalho (Monaco), B Alves (Fenerbahçe), J Fonte (Southampton), Eliseu (Benfica), R Guerreiro (Lorient).
Midfielders: W Carvalho (Sporting CP), D Pereira (Porto), J Moutinho (Monaco), R Sanches (Benfica), A Silva (Sporting CP), A Gomes (Valencia), J Mário (Sporting CP)
Forwards: R Silva (Braga), R Quaresma (Beşiktaş), Nani (Fenerbahçe), C Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Éder (Lille).
Goalkeepers: D Subasic (Monaco), L Kalinic (Hajduk Split), I Vargic (Rijeka)
Defenders: V Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), D Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), D Vida (Dynamo Kiev), S Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), G Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), I Strinic (Napoli), T Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: L Modric, M Kovacic (both Real Madrid), I Rakitic (Barcelona), Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic (both Inter Milan), M Badelj (Fiorentina), Marko Rog, Ante Coric (both Dinamo Zagreb)
Forwards: M Mandzukic (Juventus), N Kalinic (Fiorentina), M Pjaca (Dinamo Zagreb), D Cop (Dinamo Zagreb), A Kramaric (Hoffenheim)