Quaresma's goal in 117th minute helps Portugal advance to Euro 2016 quarters

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Lens, (France), June 26: Ricardo Quaresma, who was sent in quite late to replace Joao Mario, managed to break a scoreless Euro 2016 pre-quarterfinal match in the 117th minute, enabling Portugal to defeat Croatia 1-0 and advance to the quarter-finals.

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In a seemingly endless and rather lackluster game filled with mistakes by both sides here on Saturday, it was finally Cristiano Ronaldo - in his only on-goal attempt of the match - who fired one that was deflected by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic right into the vicinity of Quaresma, who easily headed the ball into the unmanned net from point-blank range, reports EFE.

Portugal beat Croatia 2-1, advance to Euro 2016 quarters

It was an unusual match in that neither squad got a single accurate shot on goal all during regulation time and barely any more during the two 15-minute overtime periods at Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in Lens.

Although there were some good displays of ball-handling during the match, it was generally a featureless contest and only one yellow card was handed out to Portugal's William.

Croatia's Domagoj Vida, center right, fights for the ball with Portugal's Pepe during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between Croatia and Portugal at the Bollaert stadium in Lens, France, on June 25, 2016.

Portugal will next face off against Poland - who defeated Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout earlier on Saturday - on Thursday in Marseille.


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