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Euro 2016: Portugal substitute Ricardo Quaresma snatches extra-time winner

Ricardo Quaresma's close range header secured Portugal's place in the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016 when he scored in the 116th minute.

By: Reuters | Lens | Updated: June 26, 2016 11:21:24 am
Portugal vs Croatia, Croatia vs Portugal, Portugal Croatia, Croatia Portugal, CRO POR, POR CRO, POR vs CRO, CRO vs POR, Ricardo Quaresma , Quaresma, Euro 2016, Euro 2016 last 16, Euro 2016 quarter finals, Football Ricardo Quaresma struck three minutes from the end of the extra period to seal Portugal a berth in the quarter-finals. (Source: Reuters)

A close-range header from Portugal substitute Ricardo Quaresma secured a 1-0 win over Croatia after the game burst into life in the last few minutes of extra time on Saturday to set up a Euro 2016 quarter-final against Poland next week.(RESULTS | STANDINGS)

Ricardo Quaresma struck three minutes from the end of the extra period after a Cristiano Ronaldo shot was saved by Danijel Subasic to settle the tie just a minute after Croatia’s Ivan Perisic hit the post with a header.

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Until then Portugal’s best chance came from a teasing free-kick from Raphael Guerreiro with Pepe heading over the bar in the first half. Croatia responded with a glancing header from Domagoj Vida on the hour.

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Croatia had done well to shut out Nani and Ronaldo but their own forward Mario Mandzukic was left desperately alone up front, getting no deliveries or support.

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It was left to Quaresma to come off the bench and settle the match although Vida almost equalised at the death.

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