Euro 2016: Croatia Aims for a Place in the Quarterfinals at the Expense of Portugal

Published June 25, 2016 by Florin P

Euro 2016: Croatia Aims for a Place in the Quarterfinals at the Expense of Portugal

Croatia tries to extend invincible run at Euro 2016 (8:00 p.m UK Time).

Croatia won Group D after starting with the second chance behind world and European champions Spain. Their victory in the final match made the difference and helped them put behind the frustrating draw against the Czech Republic. Now they take on Portugal in the first stage of the elimination rounds, hoping to book a seat to the quarterfinals.

Mandzukic yet to Score a Goal

Croatia has one of the best midfields at Euro 2016, with footballers that play for Real Madrid, Barcelona and other important European clubs. This made the difference for them so far, with midfielders providing quality passes to strikers. They have scored a couple of goals of their own and they made Croatia the best scoring team in the group stage.

Mandzukic was expected to emerge as the top scorer for Croatia, but he is yet to defeat the goalkeeper. Portugal’s defenses are surprisingly permeable and the last result against Hungary speaks volumes about their struggles. The backline conceded three goals against the team credited with the worst chance to qualify and barely qualified from the third-place.

In Cristiano Ronaldo They Trust

The Portuguese had a simple strategy at Euro 2016: sending all balls towards Cristiano Ronaldo. The gifted striker has scored twice and he is tied for the lead with Nani. His offensive efforts were not sufficient for Portugal to win and they are the only team to advance to the next round without winning a single match.

Croatia showed a lot of quality in the group stage and remarkable fighting spirit against Spain, after the reigning European champions scored the first goal. Punters are tempted to side with Portugal, because of Cristiano Ronaldo, but the right thing to do is to back Croatia. Risk-averse punters, should take the draw no bet wager at bet365 Sports, at odds of 4/5 and have the stakes returned if the match ends undecided.

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