Updates: 22.06.2021 23:19
Glasgow – Croatian footballers defeated Scotland 3: 1 and secured their place in the round of the finals from the second place in Group D at the European Championships. on the favorite side of Luka Modrič. He first scored a decisive goal in the 62nd minute and then Ivan Perišič also scored after his corner kick. Coach Zlatek Dalič’s charges overtook the Czechia in the table thanks to a larger number of goals scored and advanced with four points from the second place.
The Croats defeated Scotland for the first time in history and at the same time broke the four-match wait for victory. They got into the elimination fights for the fifth time, on the contrary, their current opponent is still waiting for the first advance from the group.
The Scots, driven by their fans, entered the match more actively and worked out two corner kicks in the first minute. It was mainly Adams, who first left a few inches from the center to direct the ball into the goal, and then missed the shot in the 10th minute.
However, the Croats were patient and struck from the first serious action after a quarter of an hour of play. At the center on the right, Perišič knocked the ball head down for Vlašič and he shot the defending defender and goalkeeper Marshall. Modrič could have raised a moment later, but Marshall had pushed out his wound. In addition, the home team had to do without the injured Hanley defender, who was replaced by McKenna, from the 33rd minute.
The reigning vice-champions of the world continued to hold the ball and Perišič had another chance, but this time he overshot from a similar position as he hit against the Czechs. The Scots responded three minutes before the break: Robertson’s center turned Vida only toward McGregor, who leveled with a hard blow. It was not only his first goal in the national team, but also the first Scottish goal at the European Championships since 1996, when Ally McCoist last scored.
A tie would eliminate both teams from the tournament, so after the break, they started tugging for the decisive goal. The Croatian defender Gvardiol was the first to be close, but during the escape he kicked the ball too hard and Marshall neutralized his attempt in the fall. McGinn was the answer for the home team, but he missed the center from the left.
The decisive goal fell after an hour of play into the Scottish goal. After the siege of defense of the home team, the Croatian captain Modrič leaned into the ball and returned the lead to the team. For the 35-year-old record holder in the number of national team starts (141), it was the 18th goal in the national jersey. In addition to the status of the youngest Croatian shooter in the history of the European Championships, he also took the post of the oldest.
The Scots launched an attack again, but they did not work their way to any chance. On the contrary, 13 minutes before the end, Perišič jumped on Modrič’s corner and secured the Croats a two-goal lead. This also improved the score to 4: 3, thanks to which they got ahead of the Czechs in the table and finished second.
Croatia – Scotland 3: 1 (1: 1)
Goals: 17. Vlašič, 62. Modrič, 77. Perišič – 42. McGregor. Judges: Rapallini – Belatti, Bonfa (all Arg.) – Hernández (video, Šp.). ZK: Lovren – McKenna. Attendance: 9896 (limited number).
Croatia: Livakovič – Juranovič, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol (71. Barišič) – Perišič (81. Rebič), Kovačič, Modrič, Brozovič, Vlašič (76. Ivanušec) – Petkovič (70. Kramarič). Coach: Dalic.
Scotland: Marshall – McTominay, Hanley (33. McKenna), Tierney – O’Donnell (84. Patterson), Armstrong (70. Fraser), McGinn, McGregor, Robertson – Dykes, Adams (84. Nisbet). Trenér: Clarke.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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