Croatia vs Scotland match report – Euro 2020
The Croatia captain leads his country to a 3-1 victory over Scotland to send them to the round of 16 of Euro 2020.
The Croatia national team met its rival Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, in the third round of Euro 2020 in Group D.
Croatia raised its score, thanks to that victory, to four points, taking them to second place, with a goal difference from its pursuers, the Czech Republic.
Scotland was eliminated from the tournament after winning only one point.
England topped the group with seven points.
Thus, Croatia will meet in the round of 16 with the runners-up of Group E, which includes Sweden, Slovakia, Spain and Poland.
The match will be held on the 28th of June at the Parken Stadium in Denmark.
Nikola Vlasic opened the match goals for Croatia in the 17th minute.
Callum McGregor equalized for Scotland in the 42nd minute.
Luka Modric put Croatia ahead in the 62nd minute.
Before Ivan Perisic completed the hat-trick of Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runners-up, with a goal in the 78th minute.
This will be the appearance in the second round is the third in a row for the Croatian national team.
Modric became the youngest and oldest Croatian player to score a goal for his country in the history of the Euro.
His goal against Austria in Euro 2008 came at the age of 22 years and 273 days, and his goal against Scotland came at the age of 35 years and 286 days.
Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic made several changes to his starting lineup, so Bruno Petkovic and Nikola Vlasic participated from the start.
Scotland relied on an attacking duo with Che Adams and Lyndon Dicks.
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Two great goals
The match started quietly and there were no dangerous opportunities until the sixth minute and John McGinn sent a cross that was turned around by Che Adams with a shot, but the Croatia goalkeeper saved him.
In the 17th minute, a cross was sent from the right side, which Ivan Perisic headed with his head, and Nikola Vlasic shot it with his left into the net, announcing the first goal for Croatia.
Modric fired a very powerful shot, but the Scotland goalkeeper shone and converted it to a corner kick.
John McGinn hit a ball from inside the penalty area, which the Croatia goalkeeper grabbed twice.
In the 42nd minute, Callum McGregor hit a crawl ball into the net to equalize for Scotland.
Nothing happened, and the first half ended in a 1-1 draw.
The second half started with pressure from Scotland and John McGinn shot, but his ball went just wide of the goal.
While calm dominated the match, Modric took advantage of a pass from Mateo Kovacic and hit it with his right foot outside the net brilliantly to score the second goal for Croatia in the 62nd minute.
Andrew Robertson crossed a free kick, but the Croatian defense quickly dispersed the ball.
And in the 77th minute, from a corner kick sent by Modric, Perisic headed into the net to announce the third goal for Croatia.
The match calmed down a lot after Croatias third goal, and despite Scotland’s attempts to advance in attack to reduce the result, nothing happened.
The referee awarded four minutes of overtime, in which nothing happened, and the match ended with Croatia winning by three goals to one.