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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

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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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