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Portugal evaluates its forces against Croatia unconfirmed Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal will test their strength Monday in the friendly match in Geneva (Switzerland) to Croatia while recovering from wear after the victory against Russia without confirming the ownership of Captain Cristiano Ronaldo, while Balkan lick their wounds after falling Zagreb to scotland. The combined Paulo Bento recovers the victory (1-0) against the FIFA 13 Coins selection directed by Fabio Capello, which enabled him to climb to first place in Group F. The race for the World Cup in Brazil, however, is still in the air, conditioned by the results of third-placed Israel, with a game in hand and the second Russia with two games less than both. Bento analyzed the next game, which is played in Geneva (Switzerland), as an opportunity to accelerate the competitiveness of the whole without forgetting that it is a recovery phase, as the only combined the qualifiers resume in September. So prioritized "effort management" in a friendly and advanced than the "once" owner is still waiting to decide assessing the physical condition of some players. For now, the stars of Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao, and the end of Manchester United, Nani, missed the training on Sunday at the National Stadium in Oeiras, a few kilometers from Lisbon. Absences do not mean that these players will fail the friendly, Bento stressed that only confirmed that Danny and Miguel Veloso are exempt from the call. The only title was secured ram coach Hugo Almeida and advanced only "some changes in all sectors" team. The coach of Croatia accepted the challenge to innovate as evidence against a game system "different" with two strikers and strong players in the central corridor. "It is unusual to find teams that act with two strikers and we evolve in that situation," said the coach. The Zagreb must face the traditional 4-3-3 of the "machines", dump in the attack on the wing, commanded by Ronaldo and Nani, and rapid transitions in midfield, underpinned by Joao Moutinho, recent signing of Monaco. Ronaldo, captain and team leader, has been shown to perform below their usual level in the group stage, with one goal in five complete games away from their numbers with Real Madrid. But in the match against Russia, the end of Real Madrid was very active in attack, despite the little success, and tried by all means fit the goal, despite the few opportunities offered. The defense also has yet to be decided and it is only confirmed the absence of Real Madrid, Pepe, for punishment. In the match against Russia a substitute Luis Neto passed with merit examination, as the coach, who praised his performance as well as that of his fellow Vieirinha. Bento praised the "new blood" and considered healthy team these players can challenge the ownership of others who may believe to have it insured. The selection of Croatia is prepared in a depressed after losing to Scotland the

important qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The 0-1 loss Friday in Zagreb Croatian alienated the chance to finish as head of group A and go directly to the World Cup, which opens uncertainties about its presence in Brazil, even if you win from now all his matches . Given the friendly with Portugal, the Croats analyze their game against Scotland, a team that was thought and ended up surprising easy. Croatia coach himself, Igor Stimac, acknowledged that "expected more from the players", although justified recalling that are at the end of the season. According to the Croatian sports press when Croatia Luka Modric missing, absent on Friday through suspension, your options are left in almost anything. "Now we must rebuild trust," said Stimac, and considered that the duel against the Portuguese will be a good opportunity to correct mistakes. "We have to play against Portugal compact," said the technician, who criticized his players for the impatience and imprecision. Croatia, the fourth team in the world according to the FIFA world rankings, played his last friendly against Cristiano Ronaldo eight years ago, a match that ended with two-nil victory for the Lusitanian. For more information please visit:

Portugal evaluates its forces against Croatia unconfirmed Cristiano Ronaldo  

Portugal will test their strength Monday in the friendly match in Geneva (Switzerland) to Croatia while recovering from wear after the victo...

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