Croatia qualified for the Euro 2020 Round of 16 after defeating Scotland 3-1 in their final group stage match. As a result of the result, they qualified in second place from Group D, trailing only England.
Croatia advanced to the next round of the tournament thanks to goals from Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic in the second half. Scotland, on the other hand, was the tournament’s fourth team to be eliminated.
Both teams came into the game needing a win to keep their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2020 alive. In the early phases of the game, they played with zeal and fire.
Croatia passed with more purpose and retained possession of the ball for longer periods of time. Scotland, on the other hand, gave their opponents no time on the ball as they pushed hard and searched for opportunities to break on the break.
A pass into the area reached the head of a determined Perisic, who scored the opening goal for Croatia. In the 17th minute, he cushioned it for Nikola Vlasic to convert.
Scotland’s aggressive pressing, on the other hand, helped them claw their way back into the game. Callum McGregor equalized the game with a stunning strike from the edge of the box, his first goal of Euro 2020.
The Croatians opened the second half on the front foot. Luka Modric gave his country the lead for the second time with a fantastic curler from outside the area around the hour mark.
In the 77th minute, Perisic added to Croatia’s lead with a near-post header from Modric’s corner kick. The goal put an end to Scotland’s Euro 2020 dreams and guaranteed Croatia a place in the knockout stages.
On that note, let’s take a look at five game talking points.