Croatia 0-1Portugal: As it happened

Croatia 0-1Portugal: As it happened
Croatia 0-1Portugal: As it happened

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It was a poor game throughout with few chances but Quaresma proved the difference in the end as they will face Poland in the last eight

Portugal go through !!! It is quite an upset as Portugal aare through to the last eight

FT- Croatia 0-1 Portugal

121' - Header up and Vida tries to volley home but glances wide and that should be that

120' - Two minutes added time

115' - WHAT A MINUTE Croatia hit the post through Peresic and Portugal break up field with ball coming to Ronaldo nad his initial shot was saved but it comes back out to Quaresma who taps home with his head  PORTUGAL STOLE IT

114' -GOAL Portugal 1-0 Croatia

112' - Vida goes up fpr the header but manages to put it wide still 0-0 has penalties written all over it

109' - Croatia sub wwith Rakitic coming off for Muscat

107' - Another sub with Silva coming off Danilo

105' - Croatia kick-off the second period of extra-time

22:13 - The drought continues with a solid chance yet to be produced

HTET - Portugal 0-0 Croatia

105' - one minute added time

94' - Ball over the top to Peresic but his glancing header is just over the target

92' - Modric brought down by Sanches around 35 yards out from goal

90' - Portugal kick-off the first period of extra-time

21:52 - Extra-time coverage to follow very shortly

21:51 - Another last 16 match will go to extra-time for the second time today, and it is no surprise as both sides have been very poor going forward with Vida having the best chance of the second period

FT - Croatia 0-0 Portugal

90' - Three minutes added time

88' - Croatia sub now with Mandzukic coming off for Kalinic

87' - Another sub for Portugal with Mario coming off for Quaresma

77' - Carvalho booked for his foul on Peresic

70' - 20 minutes to go and Portugal have started to come into the match but still no real opportunity that stands out from either side still 0-0

61' - Srna's ball looks for Mandzukic but finds Vida but just wide

60' - Hour gone and game hasnt improved much with Sanches having the only real chance so far 0-0

56' - Sanches has his first opportunity as he plays the one-two but drags the effort wide

49' - first sub for Portugal with Gomes coming off for Sanches

45' - Portugal kick-off the second period

20:48 - VAVEL will return with the second half coverage very shortly

20:47 - Very poor 45 minutes from both sides, with half-chances for both Pepe and Peresic but nothing else to report

HT- Croatia 0-0 Portugal

41' - Little under five minutes until the break and nothing to report been a poor half of football

36' - Free-kick in a decent position for Rakitic....... but comes to nothing

30' - 15 minutes to play and both sides are starting to get into the game with chances for Pepe and Peresic but remains goalless

29' - Peresic runs onto the ball and gets inside but his shot hits the side netting

24' - Free kick in for Portugal which finds the head of Pepe but he does poor with the effort and puts it over

20' - twenty minutes gone and still no real opportunity for either side with the majority of play been in the middle of the park 0-0

11' - Ten minutes gone and no real opportunity from either side. 0-0

1' - And we are off !

19:15 - Porugal have made some interesting changes with Southampton duo Cedric and Fonte start in defence while Adrien Silva makes his tournament debut in midfield.

19:15 - Croatia revert to the starting XI from their first two matches, with Modric and Mandzukic returning.

19:14 - Portugal starting XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Gomes, Adrien, Mario, Nani, Ronaldo.

19:14 - Croatia starting XI: Subasic, Srna, Corluka, Vida, Strinic, Modric, Badelj, Brozovic, Rakitic, Perisic, Mandzukic.

19:13 - Team news to follow very shortly

19:11 - Croatia seem the favourite for this clash and the winner of this tie will face Poland after their penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland

19:10 - Hello everyone I am Danial Kennedy and welcome to VAVEL's coverage of Croatia - Portugal

Their most recent meeting came back in 2013, and it was only separated by a single goal, with Ronaldo giving them a 1-0 victory over the Croatians.  

Portugal have the upper-hand in terms of previous meeting between the two sides as they have won in their last three matches, without conceding, which included a 3-0 win back in 1996.  

Above: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal in Portugal's 1-0 win over Croatia back in 2013 | Photo: goal.com
Above: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal in Portugal's 1-0 win over Croatia back in 2013 | Photo: goal.com

He continued saying that Cacic's side have had a "little bit more rest time" and Santos said that he would  of "liked more time" but said that there is "no point crying over spilled milk."

Portugal coach, Fernando Santos said that "stats mean nothing" as "two very strong sides" come head-to-head and his objective is to "try and win" against a side with "immense quality" but believes that his side can "beat Croatia."

They were shocked by a draw with minnows Norway, and then a goalless draw with Austria which left them with a must-win contest Hungary. It proved to be one of the most dramatic group matches, with Zoltan Gera giving the Hungarians the lead before Nani equalised. Balazs Dzsudzsak give his side he lead twice but a Cristiano Ronaldo brace managed to save a point and place in the competition.  

Many would of said that Portugal would have been favourite's to qualify as winners of Group F, but Portugal have struggled their way to been one of the best third-placed sides.  

Above: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating one his two goals in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Hungary | Photo: Reuters
Above: Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating one his two goals in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Hungary | Photo: Reuters

He continued saying that it was "make-or-break kind of match" and that this last 16 will only send "one of two excellent teams" into the last eight with the other been "sent home."

Cacic told uefa.com that Croatia are taking on a team full of "extremely talented individuals" and despite not been "exceptionally impressive" in the group stages, Cacic believes they "really played well" and were "dominant" in matches and created "many opportunities."

However, they managed to top Group D in some style, as they pulled off a late win over current champions, Spain. Alvaro Morata opened the scoring before  Nikola Kalinic equalised before half-time, but it was Cacic's side came out on top and it was Ivan Peresic who managed to score a winner to seal the group.  

Ante Cacic's side were considered one of the dark horses of the tournament, and were very impressive throughout the group stages, but a late 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic seemed to have shook them slightly.  

Above; Ivan Peresic celebrating his late goal in Croatia's 2-1 win over Spain | Photo: Getty Images
Above; Ivan Peresic celebrating his late goal in Croatia's 2-1 win over Spain | Photo: Getty Images

Croatia have emerged as one of favourites to go all the way, whereas Portugal are on the opposite end of the spectrum having struggled in the group stages.  

Hello everyone and welcome to VAVEL's coverage of the late clash in the last 16 of Euro 2016 between Croatia and Portugal. This clash will kick-off at 8pm BST, so stick around with us for team and build-up to the game at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis