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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fernando Santos hails 'pragmatic' Portugal for seeing off Croatia

A slow-paced match ended when the first shot on target was palmed into the path of Ricardo Quaresma who finished from close range.
A slow-paced match ended when the first shot on target was palmed into the path of Ricardo Quaresma who finished from close range.
ESPN FC's Michael Ballack and Roberto Martinez breakdown the round of 16 match between Portugal and Croatia.
Euro 2016: Ricardo Quaresma (117') Croatia 0-1 Portugal

Portugal coach Fernando Santos said his team doesn't have to "play pretty" to win Euro 2016 after escaping from Croatia with a late goal in extra-time on Monday.

Ricardo Quaresma nodded home the game's only goal in the 117th minute after Danijel Subasic could only deflect Cristiano Ronaldo's shot into his path, as Portugal moved on to set up a quarterfinal clash against Poland.

Those two efforts were the only shots on target in the entire game, and Santos said Croatia forced Portugal to be "pragmatic"...