OUWA.org – Results in Match Croatia vs Portugal: Score 2-3. Portugal dramatically defeated Croatia with a tight score of 3-2 in the continued match of the UEFA Nations League which was held at the Poljud Stadium, Split, Wednesday (18/11/2020).
Chasing goals occurred in this match. Ruben Dias became the hero of Portugal’s victory through the two goals he created, while Joao Felix contributed one other goal. Meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic scored two goals from Croatia.
Thanks to this result, Portugal had to settle for finishing second in the standings with 13 points, while Croatia survived relegation after ending the competition in third place in the standings.
The course of the match
The match has been exciting since the beginning of the first half. Croatia and Portugal press each other’s defenses. However, no goals have been created yet.
Croatia finally took the lead thanks to Kovacic’s goal in the 29th minute. Receiving feedback from Mario Pasalic, Kovacic’s first shot can still be blocked by Rui Patricio. However, the ball vomited immediately returned by Kovacic.
Returning from the locker room, disaster came for Croatia after Marko Rog was rewarded with a second yellow card in the 51st minute for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.
A superior number of players is really put to good use by Portugal. A minute after Rog was sent off, the Seleccao managed to equalize through Ruben Dias’ flick from close range.
Eight minutes later, Portugal turned ahead through the action of Joao Felix to continue Diogo Jota’s assist. There was a suspicion that Jota was handball first, but the goal was still approved.
This score only lasts approximately five minutes. Kovacic scored his second from long-range to put the score back equally strong.
Ahead of the match, it was Ruben Dias’ turn to score his second goal to bring Portugal to a 3-2 win.
Lineups of Players
Croatia: Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Mile Skoric, Domagoj Bradaric; Luka Modric, Marko Rog, Mateo Kovacic (Toma Basic 90 ‘); Mario Pasalic (Josip Brekalo 64 ‘); Nikola Vlasic (Mislav Orsic 83 ‘), Ivan Perisic.
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Ruben Semedo, Mario Rui (Joao Cancelo 71 ‘); Joao Moutinho, Danilo Pereira (Sergio Oliveira 77 ‘), Bruno Fernandes (Trincao 46’); Diogo Jota (Paulinho 77 ‘), Joao Felix (Bernardo Silva 71’), Cristiano Ronaldo.