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Euro 2016 round of 16: Croatia vs. Portugal live updates

Fernando Santos says no team at Euro 2016 is more unified than Portugal.
Ante Cacic says Croatia want to leave previous results against Portugal in the past and focus on progressing at Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally found form for Portugal with his starring role in the 3-3 draw with Hungary, but Croatia will be in confident mood after finishing ahead of Spain in Group D -- Lens (9 p.m. CET/3 p.m. ET, ESPN).

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FC Daily: Croatia look to send Ronaldo home, U.S. seeks revenge vs. Colombia

The Euro After Dark crew preview Portugal's round of 16 tie with Croatia, but can Ronaldo lead his country to glory?

It's Saturday, June 25, and the Euro 2016 last 16 gets underway with three tasty matchups. The third-place match in the Copa America winds down the day's action. Here's what you need to know.

Matches of the day

- Switzerland vs. Poland (3 p.m. CEST/9 a.m. ET on ESPN): A battle of two second-place finishers starts things off at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard in St Etienne. Robert Lewandowski wasn't at his goal-scoring best in Group C for Poland, who finished behind Germany. The Poles...

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Next up for Ronaldo & Co.: Croatia, the team to beat in Euro's weaker half

The Exploding Heads use an unusual method of naming celebrities to decide their picks of the first match day to progress from the round of 16.

LENS, France -- It's rare that a round-of-16 game, particularly one in this expanded Euro (and even more particularly between a group winner and a third-place team),would not have a clear favorite. But on Friday, both Croatia's and Portugal's managers agreed: When they meet here on Saturday, there will be no underdog.

"It's really difficult to say who's the better team," Croatia manager Ante Cacic said. He began comparing the two out loud.

Portugal is the only team that survived the group stage...

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Euro 2016 draw offers path to final for Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo

The Euro After Dark crew discuss Vegas odds to win Euro 2016, but they aren't counting out teams like Northern Ireland who could surprise us all.
The Euro After Dark crew discuss Vegas odds to win Euro 2016, but they aren't counting out teams like Northern Ireland who could surprise us all.
ESPN FC's Taylor Twellman feels Ivan Perisic may be the man to lead Croatia to the Euro 2016 final.

Gareth Bale could not resist getting his dig in. "It's a moral victory for us," he said on Thursday regarding Wales' progress from Group B as winners. "It gives you bragging rights to finish top. It's always nice to get one over on the English."

His delight was understandable, but the wider picture is more intriguing. With England pushed into the lower half of the Euro 2016 draw alongside Spain, France, Italy and Germany, an obvious conclusion is that the inevitable casualties will dilute the...

Darijo Srna mourns father in his own way as Croatia compete at Euro 2016

Darijo Srna is fulfilling his late father's wish of competing at Euro 2016 for Croatia.

LILLE, France -- The Srna brothers have mourned their father these past two weeks in their own ways. On Saturday, Darijo will take the field once again as the captain of the Croatian team, his 133rd time to represent his country, and his older brother, Renato, will be in the stadium cheering him on against Portugal.

Friday afternoon, Renato drove into Lille, a 1,200-mile road trip from Croatia heading west across Europe. The brothers are close, a bond they learned watching their father and uncle,...

Euro round of 16 pits England, France, Spain, Italy and Germany in one half

The ESPN panel break down the round of 16 fixtures at Euro 2016.

PARIS -- This is where it begins in earnest: a straight knockout draw to crown the European champion.

What jumps out at you while looking at the Round of 16 is the apparent lopsidedness. Germany, Spain, England, Italy and France are all in the same half of the draw. Put another way, you can count 11 World Cups and 10 European Championships among the teams in this half, all competing against each other for one spot in the final. And, in the other half, you have the likes of Belgium, Wales and Portugal.