Croatia vs. Portugal: 5 Things We Learned

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Croatia vs. Portugal: 5 Things We Learned
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Ronaldo teased the Croatian defence for his time on the pitch, while Modric couldn't get a hold on the game until the second half.

The importance of international friendlies is debated, mainly due to the unnecessary pressure it puts on the players both physically and mentally.

But still, when a team plays as well as Portugal did in the first half on Monday against Croatia, it helps you forget all those other limp games that get set up to make money for FIFA, with the coaches being able to see their team's strengths and weaknesses seeming more of an afterthought.

Although, this one came under the guise of marking a Portuguese national holiday, so we'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

Here are five things we can take from the Portuguese 1-0 victory in Geneva—some new, and some that we already knew but have just been reaffirmed.

All stats relating to the teams' World Cup campaigns are courtesy of

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