UEFA Euro 2016
Round of 16
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France
Portugal progressed into their sixth consecutive European Championship Quarter-final after beating Croatia 1-0 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens.
A 117th minute winner from substitute Ricardo Quaresma gave Portugal a late lead seconds after Ivan Perišić struck the post to send the Seleção into the Quarter-finals where they will face Poland.
After a cagey first 20 minutes, Portugal had the first sight of goal and went close in the 24th minute when Pepe met a Raphaël Guerreiro delivery from a freekick but he headed the ball over the bar. He was actually offside but there wasn’t a flag.
Five minutes later, Croatia went close when Nani lost possession, the ball was played to Perišić who cut inside before curling an effort into the side-netting.
After the break, Croatia had a good chance to take the lead when a Croatian corner was taken quickly allowing Ivan Rakitić to find Marcelo Brozović who fired over the bar as Portugal’s defence went to sleep.
Five minutes later, Portugal had a good chance when substitute Renato Sanches and João Mário combined before the former received the ball to drag a shot harmlessly wide when he should have at least made the keeper work.
Two minutes later, Portugal had a good shout for a penalty when Nani was caught high by Ivan Strinić but somehow the referee was unmoved and instead awarded a goalkick. It looked like a stonewall decision in truth.
Seven minutes into the second period of Extra-Time, Croatia should have gone ahead when Rui Patrício came flying out to claim a corner but was instead caught in no man’s land and Vida should have capitalised but he headed wide with a free header.
Five minutes later, Croatia very nearly took the lead when Perišić headed an effort against the post from a Darijo Srna cross. Portugal capitalised and found the winner.
Seconds after the corner was cleared, substitute Quaresma dispossessed Ivan Strinić and led a swift break with Sanches doing well before finding Nani whose cross-come-shot fell to Cristiano Ronaldo who did well to stay onside to fire an effort that was terrifically palmed away by Danijel Subašić into the path of Quaresma , who headed home the rebound.
There was still time for Croatia to find an even later goal and in the first minute of stoppage-time at the end of Extra-Time, they went close. A Srna cross was nodded down by Perišić into the path of Vida who volleyed inches wide of the far-post.
The result meant that Croatia bow out whilst Portugal progress into the Quarter-finals and will play Poland.