Corluka: 'Weak' Portugal worse than Turkey & Czech Republic

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The Lokomotiv Moscow captain has launched a scathing attack on Fernando Santos’ side, claiming they are poorer than two teams knocked out in the group stage

Croatia defender Vedran Corluka believes Euro 2016 quarter-finalists Portugal are worse than Turkey and the Czech Republic.

A 117th-minute goal from Ricardo Quaresma saw Portugal edge Croatia 1-0 in the last 16 in what was a poor encounter in Lens on Saturday.

Fernando Santos' men are yet to win in 90 minutes at the tournament, but find themselves in a quarter-final with Poland.

Corluka was less than impressed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Co., saying they were poorer than two of Croatia's group opponents – both of whom were knocked out.

"Portugal is a weaker side than Turkey and the Czech Republic," he said.

"Although the defeat against Turkey in the 2008 quarter-final was more painful than this.”

Domagoj Vida had two of Croatia's best chances, heading wide in the second half and missing the target with a volley in extra time.

The defender said: "God didn't want us to go through - it's like we were cursed.

"At that goal... I was watching the ball, I had it, didn't have it, somehow it gets to Ronaldo, he shoots, [Danijel] Subasic saved [and Quaresma scored the rebound].

"I guess that is how it was supposed to be. There was a lot of tears in locker room because we all know we were better."

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