Our prediction for this Nations League match:
All eyes will be on Stadion Poljud when Croatia and Portugal face each other in the Nations League round 6. Croatia have been playing below expectations in the new edition of the Nations League, with the team collecting only three points from possible 15 in the process. Zlatko Dalic’s troops aim to avoid relegation to League B, and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field.
Portugal, on the other hand, failed to clinch top position in Group 3 as they were beaten by France at home in their last group game. Since CR7 and Co. have little to play for in Tuesday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Domagoj Vida is sidelined following his positive test for coronavirus, while Dejan Lovren returns from suspension. Jota, Moutinho, and Trincao are all pushing for a start for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Ivan Perisic):
Ivan Perisic is a Croatian football player born on 2nd of February 1989 in Split. Perisic started his football career in the youth of Hajduk Split where FC Sochaux discovered him by a very young age. After playing for FC Sochaux, Club Brugge, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg Inter Milan transferred him for approximately 17 million euro.
Perisic made his debut for the Croatian national team in 2011. Perisic played in all big tournaments so far such as the EURO 2012 and the World Cup 2014. In several EURO 2016 qualification matches Perisic was the captain of the national team.
Perisic is known for being a strong right-footed attacking midfielder. Because of his strength and vision it’s hard to win a duel against Perisic. One of Perisic’ biggest weaknesses is his lack of technique which is required to play for the biggest football clubs. Perisic won several prizes in his career but didn’t always play a big role in them. In season 2010/2011 Perisic was topscorer of the highest Belgian football division scoring 22 goals.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires.
Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.