Perisic stalls Portugal

Portugal, who face Italy in the Nations League on Monday, played a 1-1 friendly draw with Croatia in which Ivan Perisic scored.

The Azzurri begin their UEFA Nations League campaign tomorrow evening against Poland at the Stadio Dall’Ara, then travel to Lisbon to face Portugal on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Euro 2016 winners took on 2018 World Cup Finalists Croatia in a friendly tonight in Faro.

Inter winger Perisic opened the scoring with a ferocious half-volley from just inside the penalty area.

Portugal, who face Italy in the Nations League on Monday, played a 1-1 friendly draw with Croatia in which Ivan Perisic scored.

The Azzurri begin their UEFA Nations League campaign tomorrow evening against Poland at the Stadio Dall’Ara, then travel to Lisbon to face Portugal on Monday.

Meanwhile, the Euro 2016 winners took on 2018 World Cup Finalists Croatia in a friendly tonight in Faro.

Inter winger Perisic opened the scoring with a ferocious half-volley from just inside the penalty area.

It was cancelled out be Pepe’s header, the defender marking his 100th cap with a goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not in the Portuguese squad for these two games, as he wants to focus on settling in to new club side Juventus.

Bruma wore the Number 7 jersey instead and made a very good impression, so Italy’s defenders will want to keep an eye on him next week.

Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo, Napoli’s Mario Rui and Milan-owned striker Andre Silva were also in the starting XI for Portugal.

Portugal: Rui Patricio; Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Mario Rui; William, Ruben Neves, Pizzi; Bruma, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva

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