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Alla Zakarian

07-09-2018 | 17:22 Football
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Without Ronaldo, Portugal draws with Modric’s Croatia (Match Highlights Video)

With Cristiano Ronaldo absent and Luka Modric in action, Portugal and Croatia drew 1-1 in a friendly Thursday. Portugal Coach Fernando Santos accepted his captain’s request not to be selected. Fernando Santos said: “After talking to the player, and after he moved to Juventus with all the processes of adaptation that entails, we understand it was best for him to not be present for these games.” Croatia got on the board with forward Ivan Perisic’s goal and defender Pepe equalized before halftime. Modric, a finalist with Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah for the FIFA player of the year award, was substituted in the second half.

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