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Portugal progress as Group D winners

Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET
Croatia 0-3 Portugal
Both sides progressed to the quarter-finals but Portugal did so as Group D winners after a splendid display against a much-changed Croatia side.
Portugal progress as Group D winners
Luís Figo makes the early breakthrough ©AFP

Match statistics

CroatiaPortugal

Goals scored0
3
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 12:10 CET

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Published: Monday 6 October 2003, 11.20CET

Portugal progress as Group D winners

Croatia 0-3 Portugal
Both sides progressed to the quarter-finals but Portugal did so as Group D winners after a splendid display against a much-changed Croatia side.

Portugal cruised into the quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-0 win against already-qualified Croatia.

Miroslav Blaževic's team had won their first two fixtures to reach the last eight with room to spare and therefore fielded a much-changed side. Though that decision eased their opponents' task, Portugal more than played a part by applying some clever finishing to their intricate build-up play for the first time in the tournament. Luís Figo was first to find the target after just four minutes, with João Pinto adding a second on 33 minutes and Domingos completing the scoring late on.

Figo was in instrumental form from the off, neatly side-footing in Secretário's excellent right-wing cross to ease the early pressure on his side. The FC Barcelona winger was also involved in Portugal's second; Fernando Couto headed back his corner and Sá Pinto's attempted overhead kick fell to Pinto, who showed admirable composure to beat Marijan Mrmić from seven metres.

Though the second-half arrival of the likes of Davor Šuker bolstered Croatia, they still conceded a lax third with eight minutes left when Domingos steered in a low shot following a defensive mix-up involving Dubravko Pavličić and Igor Štimac. Croatia had surrendered top spot in Group D and would now find themselves up against Germany in the last eight, with Portugal pitted against the Czech Republic.

Last updated: 23/01/12 11.16CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Portugal

Portugal

12
MrmićMarijan Mrmić (GK)
1
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK) (C)
2
JurčevićNikola Jurčević
2
SecretárioSecretário
3
JarniRobert Jarni (C)
Yellow Card30
4
OceanoOceano
6
BilićSlaven Bilić
5
CoutoFernando Couto
8
ProsinečkiRobert Prosinečki
8
João PintoJoão Pinto
Goal33
14
SoldoZvonimir Soldo
9
Sá PintoSá Pinto
Substitution46
15
PavličićDubravko Pavličić
Yellow Card36
10
Rui CostaRui Costa
Substitution61
16
MladenovićMladen Mladenović
13
DimasDimas
17
PamićIgor Pamić
Yellow Card10
16
HélderHélder
19
VlaovićGoran Vlaović
19
Paulo SousaPaulo Sousa
Substitution70
20
ŠimićDario Šimić
20
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Goal4

Substitutes

1
LadićDražen Ladić (GK)
6
TavaresTavares
Substitution70
4
ŠtimacIgor Štimac
7
Vítor PaneiraVítor Paneira
7
AsanovićAljoša Asanović
11
CadeteJorge Cadete
9
ŠukerDavor Šuker
12
AlfredoAlfredo (GK)
10
BobanZvonimir Boban
14
BarbosaPedro Barbosa
Substitution61
13
StanićMario Stanić
15
DomingosDomingos
Substitution46
Goal82
18
BrajkovićElvis Brajković
17
PorfírioHugo Porfírio
21
CvitanovićIgor Cvitanović
18
FolhaFolha
21
MadeiraPaulo Madeira
22
CorreiaRui Correia (GK)

Coach

Miroslav Blaževic (CRO) António Luis Oliveira Ribeiro (POR)

Referee

Bernd Heynemann (GER)

Assistant referees

Hans Wolf (GER), Harald Sather (GER)

Fourth official

Hartmut Strampe (GER)

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