Croatia’s dramatic defeat
Sunday, June 26, 2016
On June 25, Croatia national team played Portugal in the Euro 2016 Round of 16. Darijo Srna appeared from the off as the team captain
The Blazers had one of the few chances to excel on 62 minutes, when Vida’s header was slightly inaccurate following Darijo’s pass. In other regards, the teams tried to play as safe as possible without taking any risks, with the game going into extra time as a result.
In extra time, the Croats stepped it up and tried to put the squeeze on the opponents. After Perisic’s attempt, the Portuguese goalkeeper made a save. As is often the case, contrary to logic, it was the latter who scored: on 117 minutes, Quaresma finished it off after a Subasic save to make it 0-1.
The Croats had very little time to equalise. However, they had another great chance, but Vida’s attempt just went wide. The charges of Ante Cacic are out of the competition.
Photo courtesy of Croatian Football Federation