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0 vs 1
Played
June 10, 2013 6:30 PM BST
Stade de Genève — Carouge
Referee:‬ S. Studer‎
Attendance:‬ 13334‎
 
 
C. Ronaldo 36′
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C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Portugal
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Croatia 0-1 Portugal: Ronaldo opener scrapes Seleccao to friendly victory

A solitary goal from Portugal's talismanic forward proved enough to give Paulo Bento's men a slim victory, despite both sides wasting their fair share of clear-cut chances

By Simon Harrison

Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal
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Portugal enjoyed a narrow 1-0 victory over Croatia in Monday's international friendly action in Switzerland thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half strike.

The Seleccao skipper buried a fine finish after 36 minutes to give his side a narrow win, whilst Paulo Bento was able to shuffle his pack throughout the game as he looks for the most effective attacking formula.

After a slow start, Croatia were to create the first notable chance of the evening clash on six minutes. Ivica Olic failed to steer home an Ivo Ilicevic cut-back, with Eduardo left helpless between the posts.

From that point onwards, Ronaldo was to be the main catalyst of the half. The Real Madrid forward lit up proceedings on the pitch and ignited the atmosphere in Geneva with some driving runs, adding some excitement to an otherwise-sluggish first half. However, the 28-year-old spurned his first chance to break the deadlock on 18 minutes when he failed to connect properly with Fabio Coentrao's delivery.

Ronaldo wasn't to spurn another opportunity though, giving Portugal the game's opening goal on 36 minutes. After impressive work down the right from Silvio, the Deportivo defender's cross was set back to the captain by a fantastic touch from Silvestre Varela and, after side-stepping the defenders, he made no mistake in slamming the ball left-footed into the bottom corner.

Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic was left similarly helpless merely five minutes later by the same man, as Ronaldo left the crossbar rattling. After nodding his header into the ground powerfully, the Portuguese goalscorer was dismayed to see his effort rebound off the woodwork, as Bento's men headed into the break with a slender lead.

Croatia made a strong start to the second half before Vieirinha carved out the next good opportunity. As the Wolfsburg man cut in towards the near post, Vieirinha spotted Hugo Almeida unmarked at the back stick, but found a Croatian shirt rather than the boot of his team-mate.

On 78 minutes, Croatia then went close. After play was switched out to the right flank by substitute Alen Halilovic, the eventual cross lofted in search of Ivan Perisic narrowly escaped the winger, who nodded the ball just over Eduardo's bar. Perisic was then found again minutes later by a smart through-ball by Nikola Kalinic, but a poor first touch took the opportunity away from him.

Wonderkid Halilovic had the final clear opportunity of the game on 86 minutes, as the 16-year-old forced a smart save from Eduardo, who had to get down quickly to his right to palm the youngster's effort around the post.

Portugal went on to claim their second 1-0 win in as many games, but with both sides wasting a worrying amount of chances, the outcome of the game will perhaps leave question marks over the quality of both sides' strike forces.


Croatia

1
Danijel Subasic
Goalkeeper
3.00
33
Darijo Srna
Defender
2.50
17
Domagoj Vida
Defender
2.50
17
Ivan Strinic
Defender
50′
3.00
22
Vedran Corluka
Defender
55′
2.00
-
Hrvoje Milić
Midfielder
2.50
11
Ivo Ilicevic
Midfielder
73′
3.00
11
Ivan Rakitic
Midfielder
59′
3.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
3.50
5
Ognjen Vukojevic
Midfielder
61′ 66′
2.50
11
Ivica Olic
Striker
67′
3.00

Portugal

3.00
-
Eduardo
Goalkeeper
3.00
22
Bruno Alves
Defender
46′
3.00
5
2.50
20
3.00
28
Silvio
Defender
2.50
27
Custodio
Midfielder
2.50
-
Joao Moutinho
Midfielder
83′
2.50
6
Ruben Amorim
Midfielder
3.50
7
C. Ronaldo
Striker
36′ 46′
2.00
9
3.00
17

Substitutes

15
Dario Kresic
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
 - 
5
 - 
6
Arijan Ademi
Midfielder
59′
2.50
-
3.50
9
Ivan Perisic
Midfielder
73′
3.00
14
Milan Badelj
Midfielder
 - 
10
2.50
21
Niko Kranjcar
Midfielder
 - 
10
Sammir
Midfielder
 - 
9
2.50

Substitutes

 - 
-
Beto
Goalkeeper
 - 
1
Rui Patricio
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
-
Neto
Defender
2.50
-
Sereno
Defender
46′
 - 
28
André Martins
Midfielder
83′
 - 
17
Nani
Striker
 - 
14
Raúl Meireles
Midfielder
2.50
17
Rubén Micael
Midfielder
62′
3.50
8
Vieirinha
Striker
46′
 - 
23
2.50
25

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0