News and opinions
10 June 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo was the highlight of the friendly played between the Croatian and Portuguese national squads in Geneva. The Real Madrid forward tipped the balance in his side’s favour off a combination by Paulo Bento that Cristiano Ronaldo transformed into the match’s only goal in min. 36. He came close to a brace a few minutes later with a strike that hit the cross bar. The centre striker played the first half along with other Real players Coentrão and Modric. The winger was subbed in min. 62 and the Croatian midfielder played the full 90 minutes.
Portugal dominated early in the match but only managed timid attacks on Subasic’s goal. An isolated play in min. 36 changed the dynamics of the clash. Varela received a cross from the right and kicked it back to Cristiano Ronaldo, who controlled the ball and scored with a low shot tight inside the post. Portugal improved with a goal in their favour and had chances to increase their lead. The clearest opportunity again came down to the Whites’ number seven, who headed a shot into the crossbar in min. 42. The pace calmed down after the restart and chances to score were few and far between for both sides. Croatia pushed deep in Portugal’s half as the game wound to an end but weren’t able to equalise Cristiano Ronaldo’s shot.