Croatia will look to book their spot in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals when they face Portugal on Sunday at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.
The Portuguese were minutes away from facing England at yet another major tournament, but Iceland's last-gasp winner against Austria saw a Cristiano Ronaldo led-team concede a third-placed finish after three respective draws against Iceland, Austria and Hungary in Group F.
Vatreni have shown their mettle in the European Championship thus far, having accumulated seven points to finish top of Group D, which includes a victory against defending champions Spain.
History suggests that Portugal are favorites heading into this fixture, having won all three of their previous meetings against Ante Cacic's side without conceding a goal. Upon hearing that his side will face the Portuguese, Cacic highlighted the fact that Croatia emerged as winners of their group in what was arguably the group of death.
"In this phase of the competition there are no easy opponents and we probably got the most difficult. We were in the toughest group of Euro 2016 and we successfully went through, so there is no reason not to be confident in this match too," he told UEFA.
"We respect Portugal but we believe in our quality, collective and the character we showed so far. We are looking forward to this new challenge."
Croatia come into the match having last been defeated 10 games ago, in September 2015, when they went down 2-0 to Norway in a Euro 2016 qualifying fixture.
Luka Modric, who was particularly impressive in his side's first two games, looks set to be sidelined after picking up an injury against the Czech Republic, while striker Mario Mandzukic is also said to be a doubt.
Ronaldo helped shake off some criticism when he netted twice against Hungary and in the process became the first player to score in four separate European Championships, whilst Nani – who is currently tied as the tournament's top scorer with three goals – will pick up his 100th cap if he features against Croatia.
Veteran goalkeeper Eduardo, who plies his club football in Croatia with Dinamo Zagreb warned his countrymen to expect a stern test.
"They have enormous talent, they're young, they have a strong competitive mentality and they will create a lot of problems for us," he said.
"We have confidence in our potential and we believe we can beat them. At this stage, there are no easy games. Everyone knows that."
Domagoj Vida returns from suspension for Croatia whilst Raphael Guerreiro resumed training on Thursday after a thigh problem and is expected to return.