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Including Luka Modrić's masterclass

Croatia finally
defeats Scotland to
reach EURO 2020 last

Croatia finally defeats Scotland to reach EURO 2020 last 16!
photo by: HNS
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In the decisive match to secure EURO 2020 second round berth, Croatia outplayed the host nation Scotland in Glasgow.

EURO 2020, Group D.
Hampden Park, Glasgow.

Referee: F. A. Rapallini (Argentina)

Goals: 1:0 - Vlašić (17'), 1:1 - McGregor (42'), 2:1 - Modrić (62'), 3:1 - Perišić (77')

Cautions: Lovren (26'), McKenna (34')

Croatia: Livaković, Gvardiol (71' Barišić), Vida, Lovren, Juranović, Brozović, Modrić, Kovačić, Vlašić (76' Ivanušec), Perišić (81' Rebić), Petković (70' Kramarić). Head coach: Z. Dalić.

Škotska: Marshall, Tierney, Hanley (33' McKenna), McTominay, Robertson, McGregor, McGinn, Armstrong (70' Fraser), O'Donnell (84' Patterson), Adams (84' Nisbet), Dykes. Head coach: S. Clarke.  

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Following a loss to England (1:0) and a draw with Czech Republic (1:1), Croatia needed to win against Scotland in Glasgow to continue its EURO 2020 campaign. 

Zlatko Dalić's men responded brilliantly to this challenge, and were rewarded on 17 minutes, when Juranović's cross from the right found Perišić, who nodded it down to Vlašić to beat the home side's goalkeeper.

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However, Scotland created a couple of opportunities in the first half, and McGregor finally fired a low shot home shortly before the break. 

Still, the World Cup finalists did perservere, and in the second half Croatia captain Modrić restored the lead. He crowned his impressive performance with a fantastic effort on 62 minutes. His goal will definitely stand among the nominees for the goal of the tournament. 

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Fifteen minutes from time, Modrić sent a cross from a corner kick, and Perišić headed it in to seal Croatia's first ever victory over Scotland, in six matches.

Simultaneously in London, England managed to defeat Czech Republic 1:0 to secure the top spot in Group D. Croatia, as the second-placed team, awaits Group E second-placed team in Copenhagen, on 28 June. 

EURO 2020, Group D:
1. England 7
2. Croatia 4
3. Czech Republic 4
4. Scotland 1

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