Portugal advance to Euro 2016 quarters

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Lens, (France), June 26 (IANS) Ricardo Quaresma, who was sent in quite late to replace Joao Mario, managed to break a scoreless Euro 2016 pre-quarterfinal match in the 117th minute, enabling Portugal to defeat Croatia 1-0 and advance to the quarter-finals.

In a seemingly endless and rather lackluster game filled with mistakes by both sides here on Saturday, it was finally Cristiano Ronaldo – in his only on-goal attempt of the match – who fired one that was deflected by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic right into the vicinity of Quaresma, who easily headed the ball into the unmanned net from point-blank range, reports EFE.

It was an unusual match in that neither squad got a single accurate shot on goal all during regulation time and barely any more during the two 15-minute overtime periods at Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in Lens.

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Although there were some good displays of ball-handling during the match, it was generally a featureless contest and only one yellow card was handed out to Portugal’s William.

Portugal will next face off against Poland – who defeated Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout earlier on Saturday – on Thursday in Marseille.



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