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Pepe scores as Portugal draw with World Cup finalists Croatia

Pepe is congratulated after scoring for Portugal

Croatia’s first match since their World Cup final defeat by France ended in a draw as Pepe headed an equaliser for Portugal in a friendly in Lisbon.

The visitors took the lead, with Ivan Perisic volleying in from close range in the 18th minute.

But Pepe, who scored in his country’s last-16 loss to Uruguay in Russia this summer, headed in Pizzi’s cross on 32 minutes to earn the home side a draw.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo missed the game after declaring himself unfit.

Sergio Oliveira and Gedson Fernandes won their first caps after coming on as second-half substitutes for the visitors, who also had Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and Southampton defender Cedric Soares in their starting XI.

Croatia, beaten 4-2 by France in the World Cup final in July, are now without retired goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and striker Mario Mandzukic, while influential midfielder Ivan Rakitic was rested for the game.

Both countries begin their Nations League campaigns next week, with Portugal hosting Italy in Group A3 on Monday, while Croatia are in Spain on Tuesday in Group A4, which also contains England.

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Cavaco Cancelo
  • 3Pepe
  • 6Rúben Dias
  • 19Mário Rui
  • 13Neves Substituted forRenato Sanchesat 86'minutes
  • 11Bernardo Silva Substituted forGelson Martinsat 45'minutes
  • 20Afonso Fernandes Substituted forBruno Fernandesat 61'minutes
  • 14William CarvalhoBooked at 72mins Substituted forRelvas de Oliveiraat 81'minutes
  • 7Tué Na Bangna Substituted forRony Lopesat 68'minutes
  • 9André Silva Substituted forCarvalho Fernandesat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Novo Neto
  • 5Teodósio Mendes
  • 8Renato Sanches
  • 10Rony Lopes
  • 12Morais Ramos
  • 15Relvas de Oliveira
  • 16Bruno Fernandes
  • 17Gonçalo Guedes
  • 18Gelson Martins
  • 21Cédric Soares
  • 22Beto
  • 23Carvalho Fernandes

Croatia

  • 12L Kalinic
  • 2Vrsaljko Substituted forMilicat 45'minutes
  • 5Mitrovic
  • 21Vida Substituted forJedvajat 35'minutes
  • 3Barisic
  • 19Badelj
  • 8KovacicBooked at 41mins
  • 20Pjaca Substituted forRogat 72'minutes
  • 10Modric Substituted forPasalicat 55'minutes
  • 4PerisicBooked at 30mins Substituted forCopat 63'minutes
  • 13Livaja Substituted forSantiniat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Livakovic
  • 6Milic
  • 9Cop
  • 11Brozovic
  • 14Bradaric
  • 15Pasalic
  • 16Jedvaj
  • 17Santini
  • 18Rog
  • 22Pivaric
  • 23Letica
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
26,356

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamCroatia
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home19
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 1, Croatia 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portugal 1, Croatia 1.

Foul by Rúben Dias (Portugal).

Ivan Santini (Croatia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Sérgio Oliveira (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Renato Sanches.

Attempt blocked. Gelson Martins (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gedson Fernandes.

Attempt blocked. Rony Lopes (Portugal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gedson Fernandes.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Duje Cop (Croatia) because of an injury.

Foul by Pepe (Portugal).

Duje Cop (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mário Rui (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Santini (Croatia).

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Gedson Fernandes replaces André Silva.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Renato Sanches replaces Rúben Neves.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gelson Martins following a corner.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Matej Mitrovic.

Attempt missed. André Silva (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by João Cancelo.

Attempt saved. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gelson Martins.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Sérgio Oliveira replaces William Carvalho.

Offside, Croatia. Mateo Kovacic tries a through ball, but Tin Jedvaj is caught offside.

Corner, Croatia. Conceded by João Cancelo.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Marko Rog replaces Marko Pjaca.

Booking

William Carvalho (Portugal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by William Carvalho (Portugal).

Ivan Santini (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Rony Lopes replaces Bruma.

Foul by Rúben Neves (Portugal).

Ivan Santini (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Duje Cop replaces Ivan Perisic.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Bruno Fernandes replaces Pizzi.

Attempt missed. Rúben Neves (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by João Cancelo following a corner.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Borna Barisic.

Corner, Portugal. Conceded by Antonio Milic.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Ivan Santini replaces Marko Livaja.

Offside, Portugal. Pizzi tries a through ball, but Bruma is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Mario Pasalic replaces Luka Modric.

Offside, Portugal. Bruma tries a through ball, but João Cancelo is caught offside.

Foul by Pepe (Portugal).

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