Croatia and Portugal national team face one another in the round of 16 match of Euro 2016 in France. The match is taking place in Lens at Stade Bollaert-Delelis on Saturday, June 25th.
Croatia national team continues their impressive undefeated run than consists of 10 matches with eight wins and two draws and 26-5 aggregate goal difference. Croatia played 21 matches since their elimination from the world cup 2014, recording 14 wins, five draws and just two defeats. The team play confidently in defense and create numerous chances to score almost in each match. The team led by Modric won their group with seven points gained after 1-0 win over Turkey, 2-2 draw with Czech Republic and 2-1 win over the titleholders Spain. The team has strong established player in almost every position and appears to be ready for bit achievements. They proved their worth in match against Spain and now it’s time to face their skilled neighbors.
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Portugal’s results at the tournament came as quite disappointment. They failed to win a single match in quite mediocre group with Iceland, 1-1. Austria, 0-0 and Hungary, 3-3. Such results got the team the third place in the group. Portugal prevailed in every match they played and created numerous chances but started to convert their chances to goals only in clash against Hungary. At the same time, defensive staff of the team couldn’t hold Hungarian offensive line built of average players, conceding also three goals. Ronaldo has finally scored his goals in this tournament but his double got the team only 1 point. The team is quite inconsistent and don’t appear to be the side who can battle for late stages of the competition in France.
The opponents have played three head-to-heads in their history and all three of these battles were won by Portuguese team. However, each playoffs match is whole different story and doesn’t have to do anything with previous record. The team proved they know how to find the back of the net and should combine at least two goals in upcoming clash.
Prediction for the match: Over 1.5 goals.