Croatia 2-3 Portugal: Manchester City defender Ruben Dias scores brace

Croatia 2-3 Portugal: Manchester City defender Ruben Dias scores a last-minute winner as he completes a brace to give Nations League holders the win… but the hosts still avoid relegation

  • Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic broke the deadlock in the 29th minute 
  • Croatia reduced to 10 men when Marko Rog was sent off after second yellow 
  • Manchester City defender Ruben Dias equalised shortly after for Portugal
  • Joao Felix put the visitors ahead in the 60th minute of Group A3 encounter 
  • Kovacic scored his and Croatia’s second five minutes later to bring score level 
  • Dias scored his second and Portugal’s third in second-half stoppage time 

Portugal’s Ruben Dias scored his first two international goals to help the European champions to a 3-2 win at 10-man Croatia in their Nations League clash on Tuesday, stretching their unbeaten run against the hosts to seven games.

The result left outgoing holders Portugal second in League A, Group 3 on 13 points from six games, three behind world champions France, who beat Sweden 4-2 at home having previously wrapped up their final-four berth in the competition.

Croatia finished third on three points, ahead of bottom team Sweden on goal difference, and avoided relegation from the Nations League top tier although the defeat is likely to pile more pressure on coach Zlatko Dalic.

Manchester City defender Ruben Dias proved to be the matchwinner for Portugal on Tuesday

The £65million signing was the unlikely scorer of a brace as he helped Portgual to a narrow win

Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic also scored a brace for Croatia but it wasn’t enough to secure a result

Mateo Kovacic fired Croatia into a 32nd-minute lead but Dias and Joao Felix turned the tide after the home side had Marko Rog sent off in the 51st for two yellow cards, the second brandished for a crunching foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Kovacic levelled with a superb first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half but Dias had the last laugh in the 90th minute when he capitalised on a blunder by Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.

 More to follow.

Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, centre, got on the scoresheet as he bagged an equaliser

Croatia’s Kovacic (second left) celebrates scoring the opener with his team-mates

Kovacic broke the deadlock against Portugal in the 29th minute of the UEFA Nations League tie

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo dribbles with the ball during the first half of the encounter

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