17 November 2020 22:31
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal take on Luca Modric and Croatia Tuesday in a 2020 UEFA Nations League matchup in Group A3 play. Portugal fell out of the points lead after falling 1-0 to France in its last match, but still finds itself in strong standing. Back from a COVID-19 hiatus, Ronaldo leads Portugal on offense and is putting himself in a position to catch Iran striker Ali Daei's all-time international scoring record of 109 goals. On the other said, Croatia sits at three points in the Group A3 standings, trailing far behind France (13 points) and Portugal (10 points). Croatia has struggled as of late, dropping consecutive matches to Sweden and France.
You can watch matches on ESPN online for free by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV or Sling. Portugal (UEFA Nations League 2020) If you don't have cable, you can sign up for fuboTV or Sling (or use their free trial) to watch online. Germany needs only a draw against Spain in their final Nations League Group 4 game to be sure of finishing top. Löw has been tinkering with new call-ups and looking for players beyond his established Bayern Munich block but has been frustrated by stagnant play and uninspired performances. The focus is on preparing for the postponed European Championship next year, with Germany looking far from capable of winning it.
Unbeaten in Group 3 of the 2020-21 edition of the UEFA Nations League, Portugal's showdown against France was set to determine which country would end up moving through from the group in first place. Unfortunately for Portugal, things failed to move in their way for the first time this season with the 1-0 defeat in the clash seeing them slip into second place in the group. However, despite that narrative, today's culminating group stage fixture for Portugal is far from an inconsequential affair. The reigning champions will step out one last time in Group 3 of League A looking to remind everyone of their flair and calibre come today. Up against Croatia who has languishing in third place with the solitary win in the group, this should be a fixture where Portugal salvage themselves for their defeat at the hands of the French. Where Portugal have been one of the most consistent and flawless sides in the fraternity across the last couple of years, Croatia have lost all semblance about them. Andrej and Bruno are both on the injury bed for Croatia, Vida and Marcelo have contracted COVID while Duje is red carded for the encounter. UEFA Nations League 2020-21 Match: Croatia Vs Portugal Group 3 Portugal Vs Croatia: 4-1 CRO Vs POR Fantasy Team Picks Despite conceding in their previous encounter, Portugal continue to remain the most effective and stringent defensive setup in the group. The side has conceded a frugal two goals, a backline which has pulled off three cleansheets in five matches. Diogo Jota wasn't a part of Portugal's playing 11 against France but he's all set to get a recall for this clash. Bruno Fernandes looked good against the French to see him complete the duo of picks from the visiting side. Croatia's top scorer with two goals and top creator with two assists, Nikola Vlasic and Josip Brekalo will respectively form the duo of attacking picks from the side. Ronaldo can easily batter this Croatia defence to see us make him our side's captain while Bruno is the vice-captain. Livakovic, Raphael, Dias, Cancelo, Fonte Bruno, Jota, Kovacic, Brekalo, Vlasic, Ronaldo • Croatia's 2-1 defeat by Sweden on Saturday means they must at least match what Sweden do against France to avoid relegation to League B. Croatia currently have the edge in the standings only on goals scored. • Portugal's title defence was ended by France on Saturday, and Fernando Santos's team are guaranteed to finish second. • Croatia were beaten 4-1 in Portugal on Matchday 1, João Cancelo, Diogo Jota, João Félix and André Silva on target as the European champions showed they could be impressive even in the absence of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo. • Croatia are yet to win in six games against Portugal: D1 L5, but they have managed to score in their last two encounters (something they did not manage in their first four games). Fernando Santos, Portugal coach: "In recent years Croatia have been one of the strongest teams in Europe; they are easily in top ten as they are World Cup runners-up. There will be changes [to the team] because of the number of games players have been playing." Zlatko Dalić, Croatia coach: "We finished runners-up at the 2018 World Cup and cruised through our EURO 2020 qualifying group. Dominik Livaković, Croatia goalkeeper: "We want to make a better impression than in our first match against them. We are playing at home, we are motivated; why shouldn't we look for a win?" Teams will return to competitive action in the spring in the European Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.