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Pepe header earns Portugal draw with Croatia

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Pepe headed an equaliser to cancel out an earlier Ivan Perisic volley as Portugal drew 1-1 with World Cup finalists Croatia.

The former Real Madrid centre-half is known for his tough defending but he is also a threat fro set plays in attack, as he showed with a goal against Uruguay in Russia, and nodded home Pizzi’s cross after 32 minutes, following Perisic’s close range effort.

Portugal were missing their star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who was ruled out through injury, while Sergio Oliveira and Gedson Fernandes made their debuts as second half substitutes.

The low key feel was also reflected in that Ivan Rakitic was rested from the Croatia team.

Credit: Marca

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