Nations League: Portugal vs Croatia


The defending champions Portugal will open the campaign to defend their continental throne by welcoming defending World Cup runner-up Croatia in the opening match of Group C group A. But do not forget Croatia has not been able to beat all four The times have faced to take advantage of a group that has both France and Sweden. 

Captain Fernando Santos will continue to lead Portugal at least until Euro 2024, he has three very quality goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Wolves), Anthony Lopes (Lyon) and Rui Silva (Granada). In particular, Lopes and Lyon created a victory in the semifinals of the Champions League, facing big men like Juventus and Man City or Bayern Munich, but he all made excellent saves. There will be two familiar veteran names in front of him, Pepe and Jose Fonte and Raphael Guerreiro or Mario Rui played well in Dortmund and Napoli last season. The two names of Man City, Bernardo Silva and João Cancelo, both joined the team. Captain Ronaldo shone at VL Euro 2020 when he scored 11 goals and reached 99 for the national team, as well as behind Harry Kane of England in the top scorer of VL. At the upcoming Euro finals. 

It was not until the last match to lose to Portugal that Croatia had the first goal against the representative of Iberia when the winger Ivan Perišić scored. Portugal is really their harassment when the opponent was penetrated 8 times before and no match kept a clean sheet. Their midfield will lack two important pillars, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Rakitic, after disappointment in Barcelona, ​​will return to the old Sevilla shirt. Coach Zlatko Dalic has called the names Antonio Colak, Ante Budimir and Milo Skoric to replace the two players and Wolfsburg goalkeeper Marin Pongracic, who is ill. The names waiting for their debut are strikers Rijeka Colak and Ante Budimir that just had a great season with Mallorca in La Liga last season. There are two new names in the Champions League and Europa League final, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic, both of Inter Milan and will have 2 more days off before joining the army. Croatia, after the 2018 World Cup runner-up, ranked at the bottom of the group with England and Spain in the Nations League inaugural version with only 4 points after 4 matches. Also in the last Euro 2020 qualifiers, they topped Group E with only defeat against Hungary.  




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