Croatia and Portugal go head to head at the Euro 2016 in what could prove to be one of the most enthralling round of 16 matches in France.
Portugal vs. Croatia will take off at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Saturday, 25 June. ?Match starts at 20:00 (8 p.m.) BST and the game will be broadcast on ITV 1 UK, with coverage starting at 19:00 (7 p.m.) BST. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live. ESPN, ESPN Deportes TV, ESPN3 USA will broadcast the match at 3 p.m. ET in the United States.
ITV Hub will provide livestream coverage of the Round of 16 Portugal vs. Croatia for audiences in the United Kingdom, while viewers in the United States can watch the action via WatchESPN (require network subscription). Likewise, you can also head to SofaScore for free streaming (registration required, terms may apply).
For football fans in India, Portugal vs. Croatia starts 12:30 a.m. Sunday and live coverage will be done by Sony Six and Sony ESPN while free live streaming of the match is available via SonyLiv.com.
Having ended Spain’s 14-game unbeaten run in this year?s European Championship, Croatia finished at the top spot of Group D. They ?now start as narrow favourites against a Portugal team who have reached the last 16 despite remaining winless. With Luka Modric returning to play for Croatia after having rested against Spain, he can do enough damage against his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to score a goal and secure a berth in quarterfinals for Croatia.
On the other hand, Portugal have showed poor performance having progressed just by virtue of three draws from three matches, the last of which was a six-goal thriller against Group F winners Hungary. However, Ronaldo?s s two-goal haul against Hungary will “boost his confidence,? according to coach Fernando Santos. Still, defence will be the concern for the Portugal side as a younger and fiercer Croatia players are at their full strength and pretty much optimistic after defeating Spain.
In a head to head, Portugal have won all three previous encounters with Croatia, scoring a total of six goals and conceding none. The sides last faced each other in a friendly in June 2013 staged in Geneva, Switzerland. Ronaldo scored the lone goal. Hopefully, with the Croats remaining unbeaten in their last 10 international games, the longest current run of any team at Euro 2016. They will look forward to turning the tide and winning the match.
Croatia: Suba?i?, Srna, ?orluka, Vida, Strini?, Modri?, Badelj, Brozovi?, Rakiti?, Peri?i?, Mand?uki?.
Portugal: Rui Patr?cio, Vierinha, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Raph?el Guerreiro, Andr? Gomes, William Carvalho, Jo?o Moutinho, Jo?o M?rio, Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Here?s all you need to know:
What: Croatia vs. Portugal
When: Saturday, June 25
Kick-off: 8 p.m. BST/9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET
Where: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens
TV: ITV, ESPN