Croatia 1-0-4, Portugal 3-1-1
11/17/20 2:45 pm
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Croatia is hosting Portugal at Poljud in round 6 in the UEFA Nations League.
I have to be honest, Croatia is not playing well at the moment, and they are struggling on both ends. After a draw against Turkey in a friendly game last week, Croatia was playing against Sweden in the Nations League. Croatia has had 56% of ball possession in that game, 3 shots on goal, 4 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 79% of the correct passes. This wasn’t a particularly good game, and Croatia has lost this match 2-1. With this loss, Croatia has remained in 3rd place in their group, but they need a win against Portugal to stay at the elite level of this competition. Croatia has scored 7 goals in 5 games in the Nations League while conceding 13 goals, the most in this group. Vlasic has scored 2 goals, while Petkovic, Kramaric, Lovren, and Brekalo added 1 goal each for Croatia in this competition. I understand that Croatia is missing some key players like Brozovic, Kramaric, Lovren, and Vida during this international break, but there is a lot of talent in this team, and they should be playing better soccer. As far as the Euro Cup goes, Croatia has already qualified, and there is still time for them to work on their game for another major tournament.
After 8 games without a loss, Portugal has lost to France this past weekend in the Nations League. Portugal has had 50% of ball possession in that match, 6 shots on goal, 8 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and a solid 85% of the correct passes. This was a good game, and I was expecting goals on both sides, but the defenses were good, and Portugal has lost this match 0-1. Jota has scored 3 goals for Portugal and added 1 assist, while Ronaldo has scored 2 goals. Portugal will most likely advance to the next stage in this competition, but the only question is from which spot. With a win here, and if France loses its game, Portugal will take over the top of this group. Renato Sanches is the only injured player for Portugal as of right now. Portugal is a good team, and they have immense talent in their midfield and attack, but their defense is getting older and slower. With Ronaldo in the lineup. Portugal is a dangerous team, but I think they are even more dangerous without him in the lineup. Portugal has also qualified for the Euro Cup next year, and they could go far if they can stay consistent in the defensive end.
Croatia and Portugal have played 6 times against each other, and Portugal has won 5 of those games, while the last game ended in a draw. The latest match ended 4-1 in favor of Portugal. Both teams need a win here, but Croatia probably needs it more, and for that reason, I will pick something on goals here.