Croatia is preparing for the big game tonight against Portugal in the last sixteen of the Euro 2016 in France. The game kicks off at 9pm in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens a battle that will see both Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic return to the side, however they will be up against a back in form Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We are facing a team consisting of extremely talented individuals. They perhaps weren't exceptionally impressive in their group in terms of points won, but they really played well. If we look back, we will remember that they were the dominant team in their matches and created many opportunities,” commented the Croatian coach before tonight’s match.
History is not on Croatia’s side, Portugal have won all three previous matches against Croatia without conceding. However many are backing Croatia to progress further in the competition and a win tonight would open up a relatively straight forward path into the finals, as all the main seeds and favourites are grouped in the other side of the draw.
Many UK journalists have been backing Croatia to do well in the tournament, the respected BBC sport journalist Alan Green said that Croatia was the best team in the competition this year. And praise has also come from the England captain Wayne Rooney who said that “I think they are the team I have enjoyed watching the most.”
French DJ, David Guetta, has recorded a special song for the Euro 2016, the official UEFA Euro theme song, and there is a Croatian video version.