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Croatia's Modric and Mandzukic start against Portugal

Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - Croatia Training - Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France - 24/6/16 - Luka Modric during Croatia's training session. REUTERS/Carl Recine
Football Soccer - Euro 2016 - Croatia Training - Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens, France - 24/6/16 - Luka Modric during Croatia's training session. REUTERS/Carl Recine

By Philip O'Connor

LENS, France (Reuters) - Croatia playmaker Luka Modric and forward Mario Mandzukic have both recovered from injury to start against Portugal in Saturday's last 16 clash at Euro 2016.

Modric replaces Marko Rog in midfield as coach Ante Cacic makes five changes including bringing in Domagoj Vida and Ivan Strinic for defenders Tin Jedvaj and Sime Vrsaljko.

Ivan Peritic is set to switch to the left wing in place of Marko Pjaca to make way for Marcelo Brozovic on the right, while forward Mandzukic replaces Nikola Kalinic up front.

Portugal have made four changes with three coming in defence where Jose Fonte takes over from Ricardo Carvalho while full backs Cedric and Raphael Guerreiro replace Vierinha and Eliseu.

In midfield, coach Fernando Santos has opted for Adrian Silva instead of Joao Moutinho, leaving the attacking pairing of Cristaino Ronaldo and Nani intact up front.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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