Portugal defeats Croatia in a dramatic scenario
Portugal defeated its host Croatia 3-2, in the match that took place this evening, Tuesday, at the Boulud Stadium, in the 6-round matches of Group Three of the first level of the European Nations League.
Croatia opened the scoring in the 29th minute through Kovacic, who fired a blocked ball for the first time by Patricio before the same Croatian player followed it again to find the net.
Croatia suffered a big blow in the 51st minute after the referee declared the red card in the face of Roger after his violent intervention on Ronaldo.
Portugal took advantage of the expulsion directly and adjusted the score (53). Ronaldo executed the offense, sending a powerful shot to goalkeeper Levakovic, and Semedo followed the ball with a pass to Diaz, who struck the net.
Portugal added the second goal in the 61st minute after Jota received the ball on the left side of the penalty area in a controversial ball after hitting his hand, so he passed to Felix, who scored easily.
Croatia managed to equalize in the 65th minute after Kovacic fired a land-based missile from the penalty area’s edge and caught the net.
Portugal managed to score the winning goal in the 90th minute, after the Croatia goalkeeper made a serious mistake in his attempt to catch a cross ball, which fell from his hand and followed it, Diaz, who deposited it in the net.
With that result, Portugal raised its score to 13, while Croatia’s balance was frozen at 3 points.