UEFA Nations League match report Croatia v Portugal


Despite playing only for pride, Cristiano Ronaldo and Joa Felix was joined in the attack by Liverpool star Diogo Jota, who was benched against France.

Ronaldo had an opportunity to put the visitors ahead on 19 minutes, but the Juventus superstar was unable to steer his header on target from Rui's cross.

With Croatia needing a win to avoid relegation to League B, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock on 29 minutes when Mateo Kovacic smashed home from close range after his initial was saved.

Neither side were able to breach the back of the net in the remaining stages of the first half, but Croatia got off to a poor start in the second half Rog was sent off in the 51st minute.

From the resultant free-kick, Portugal levelled matters as Ruben Dias turned home Ruben Semedo's cross after Ronaldo's initial strike was saved.

The turnaround was complete for the hosts on the hour mark when Jota's cut-back found Felix, who bundled the ball into the far corner.

Portugal's joy was short-lived though as Kovacic pulled Croatia level five minutes later with a lovely finish that left Rui Patricio with no chance.

Bernardo Silva should have restored Portugal's with 10 minutes left on the clock but the winger somehow failed to hit the target from close range.

However, Portugal were gifted the winning goal in the 89th minute when Croatia shot-stopper spilled the ball, which dropped to Dias to fire into an empty net.