Croatia has advanced to the knockout stage of the European Championship thanks to the victory over Scotland on Tuesday. England and the Czech Republic, also in Group D, had already secured places in the round of 16 before their match.
It was a big day for the Croatian football team.
Luka Modric delivered a stunning finish as Croatia shrugged off a slow start to Euro 2020 to beat Scotland 3-1 on Tuesday and reach the last 16 in style, once again leaving their opponents on the tournament scrap heap .
Nikola Vlasic and Ivan Perisic were also on target for Croatia in a win that lifted Zlatko Dalic’s side, so leggy and unconvincing in their first two games, to second place in Group D by four points.
Modric’s form was called into question during the tournament, but the 35-year-old delivered a glorious finish in the corner of the net with the outside of his foot in the second half to make it 2-1. a well deserved win.
He fell to his knees by the whistle for about a minute before standing up and clenching his fists in celebration.
Deprived of Billy Gilmour, who failed a COVID-19 test during build-up, Scotland appeared to fall short in midfield and Croatia led the ball and dominated possession for a long time before deservedly taking the lead after 17 minutes when Vlasic scored his sixth goal for his country.
Croatia then faces second place in Group E on June 28 in Copenhagen – where Sweden, Slovakia, Spain and Poland are still battling for the position.
England beat the Czech Republic 1-0
Meanwhile, England took first place in Group D with a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic after Jack Grealish drove to the left and pushed the ball to the back post in the 12th minute for Raheem Sterling to head in.
The Manchester City midfielder scored England’s only other goal of the tournament in the opening win over Croatia. Both England and the Czech Republic had already advanced to the eighth finals before the match.
France and Sweden have already qualified for the round of 16.
( Jowharwith AP, REUTERS, AFP)