The current European holders Portugal and the World Cup runners-up Croatia are destined to face off against each other in a friendly encounter that will take place at the Estádio Algarve, located between Faro and Loulé on the Iberian Peninsula.
A Seleção das Quinas have arrived in Russia full of hope following a miraculous Euro 2016, but they failed to leave up to expectations, barely securing one win in a total of four matches they’ve been featuring in. Fernando Santos’ team managed to go past the group stage with two draws and a narrow 1-0 win over Morocco, after which they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Uruguay in the round of 16 that saw them returning home empty-handed.
On the other hand, the Blazers emerged as a most delightful surprise of the tournament, going all the way down to the big final, where they got beaten 4-2 by France. Zlatko Dalic’s team were also one of just three national sides that managed to achieve all three wins during the group stage, defeating Argentina by three goals to nil in the process. In the knockout stage, Croatia eliminated Denmark, Russia, and England, thus clinching their first-ever World Cup Final.
The home side will be without Cristiano Ronaldo after Juventus superstar reportedly refused to join his fellow countrymen during the international break. As for the visitors, pretty much the same starting eleven that played against Les Bleus in the final will be on the field from the first minute.
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