Luka Modric’s magical
efficiency guided Croatia into the round-of-16 of the Euro 2020 after triumphing
3-1 victory towards Scotland at Hampden Park on Tuesday.
After ending a 23-year wait simply to qualify for a serious
match, one other historic feat was past Steve Clarke’s males who had been undone
by a second of magic from Modric.
Callum McGregor cancelled out Nikola Vlasic’s early opener
to offer the hosts hope heading into half-time.
However Modric confirmed the category that made him the person to interrupt
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s grip on the Ballon d’Or in 2018, a
gorgeous strike with the skin of his foot simply after the hour mark restoring
Ivan Perisic’s header rubbed salt into Scottish wounds 13
minutes from time as Croatia pipped the Czech Republic to second place in Group
D behind England.
Zlatko Dalic’s aspect will face the runner-up from Group E,
that includes Spain, Sweden, Slovakia and Poland, in Copenhagen subsequent Monday.
Scotland’s preparation had been blighted by the lack of
Billy Gilmour to a constructive take a look at for coronavirus after the 20-year-old
midfielder had shone on his first worldwide begin in 0-0 draw towards
England on Friday.
However Clarke’s squad escaped with out another gamers being
compelled to isolate as shut contacts and, roared on by 12,000 followers inside
Hampden, began on the entrance foot.
Che Adams was inches away from connecting with John McGinn’s
harmful cross that Dominik Livakovic did properly to show behind for a nook.
Croatia had barely threatened earlier than they went in entrance on
Perisic headed down a lofted ball into the field and Vlasic
discovered area between three Scotland defenders to fireside low into the nook.
Croatia then had the hosts chasing shadows for 10 minutes as
the midfield maestros of Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic took
management of the sport.
Modric’s blistering drive from outdoors the field was
brilliantly tipped over by David Marshall.
Nonetheless, Scotland regained their composure and began to
pose the Croatians questions once more because the half wore on.
McGinn’s effort lacked the ability to hassle Livakovic, however
three minutes earlier than the break Scotland had their first main match purpose
McGregor pounced on a free ball on the fringe of the field and,
on his weaker proper foot, the Celtic midfielder drilled into the underside nook
sparking jubilant scenes of celebration.
Scotland went down the tunnel at half-time with a spring in
their step, however the bodily exertions of holding England 4 days earlier
took their toll because the vitality ranges of Clarke’s males dipped within the second
Marshall bravely blocked from Josko Gvardiol earlier than Perisic
blasted straight on the Scotland stopper when clear via.
Simply as towards the Czechs and England of their opening two
video games, Scotland had been made to pay for not taking their possibilities.
McGinn in some way didn’t make a clear connection on the again
submit from an inviting cross from Stuart Armstrong.
Moments later, Modric’s deft contact lastly broke Scottish
Croatia calmly labored the opening on the fringe of the field
earlier than the Actual Madrid midfielder caressed the ball into the highest nook with
the skin of his proper foot.
Together with Modric, Perisic has constantly been considered one of his
nation’s key performers at main tournaments for almost a decade.
The Inter Milan winger’s flicked header from a Modric nook
dropped in off the within of the submit for his ninth purpose at a World Cup or
European Championship to finish any hope of a Scottish revival.