Fernando Santos’ side ground it out against the Vatreni, and will take on Poland in the quarter-finals at the Stade Velodrome
Croatia and Portugal played out arguably the worst game of the European Championships in France so far – but it was supporters of the Seleccao who left Lens delighted with the outcome.
A dismal 90 minutes which started bright enough, was gradually overcome by a fear from both sides to do anything which could potentially see them concede.
That agitation, aligned with some resolute defending, meant neither side managed a shot on target until the 116th minute.
Then, Ricardo Quaresma, the joker in Fernando Santos’ pack, headed home after Daniel Subasic had made a fine save from Cristiano Ronaldo.