Luka Modric scored a spectacular goal to help Croatia to a 3-1 win over Scotland in their Group D encounter on Tuesday at Euro 2020. The world cup runners-up booked their place in the Round of 16 at Hampden Park. Scotland’s hopes of a first knockout stage spot were dashed by a professional performance from Croatia.
They were fast out of the blocks and Nikola Vlasic put them ahead after 17 minutes. He managed to escape Mc Tominay before prodding home an Ivan Perisic assist. Luka Modric and Matteo Kovacic dominated the midfield battle but it was Callum McGregor who equalized for Scotland in the 42nd minute. Modric then scored a spectacular goal-scoring past, David Marshall, in the net from outside the box. Ivan Perisic put the match to bed in the 77th minute when he beat Kieran Tierney at the near post.
Croatia: Livakovic (6), Juranovic (6), Lovren (6), Vida (5), Gvardiol (7), Kovacic (7), Brozovic (7), Perisic (8), Modric (9), Vlasic (7), Petkovic (5).
Subs: Barisic (6), Kramaric (6), Ivanusec (6), Rebic (N/A).
Scotland: Marshall (7), Robertson (6), O’Donnell (4), Hanley (5), Tierney (5), McTominay (5), McGinn (6), Armstrong (5), McGregor (6), Dykes (5), Adams (5).
Subs: McKenna (5), Fraser (5), Nisbet (N/A), Patterson (N/A).
Man of the Match: Luka Modric (Croatia)
Andy Robertson “Croatia showed why they’ve got to a World Cup final. Modric ran the game.” he added after Croatia beat Scotland. “But I’m so proud to be captain of this country and these players. I know we’ve fallen short but the love we’ve felt from the nation has been special. The squad has a lot of potentials and it’s important we build on this.”
Callum McGregor “The lads are shattered. They put so much energy into it. The fans were amazing. They just had too much quality in the end. It’s a tough lesson.” he added. “It’s been an amazing experience. Every single one of us has learned so much. It makes us so hungry for the World Cup.”