Croatia have reached the last 16 after beating Scotland by three goals to one. Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Nicola Vlacic scored the goals in a match that was inevitable.
Glasgow, First Published Jun 23, 2021, 2:56 AM IST
Glasgow: England and Croatia have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Euro Cup from Group D. England beat the Czech Republic 1-0 in the final match of the group. Raheem Sterling scored England’s only goal. Croatia have reached the last 16 after beating Scotland by three goals to one. Croatia’s goals were scored by Luka Modric, Ivan Perisic and Nicolas Volacic in a game that required victory. Scotland’s only goal was scored by Callum McGregor.
Modric as savior
Croatia had only one point before the match against Scotland. Modric and his team lost to England in the first match and drew with the Czechs in the second. With this, it became a situation of going out. They also had to beat Scotland in the final. It was the performance of midfielder Modric that enabled Croatia to advance to the quarter-finals. He scored a brilliant goal and paved the way for another. Perisic also excelled in the decisive match.
Croatia took the lead in the 17th minute through a goal from Vlacic. Perisic also led the way. But before the end of the first half, Scotland hit back. Croatia ordered both in the second half. Modric took the lead in the 62nd minute with a stunning goal. Modric Kovic kicked the ball out of the box and Modric hit the Scotland net with his outside foot. Croatia hit the final nail through Perisic in the 77th minute. Peric scored the third goal with a header from Modric’s corner. Croatia have four points in the group. The Czechs also had four points, but Croatia led by one goal.
England’s goal is Sterling’s
Victory was inevitable for England as well. They had only four points before the match. However, Sterling’s goal in the 12th minute gave England three valuable points. Sterling headed in Jack Greelish’s cross and scored. The Czech Republic is not out anyway. The team is likely to be among the top four third-place finishers.
Last Updated Jun 23, 2021 2:58 AM IST