Ivan Perisic’s equaliser has kept Croatia alive
in the Euro 2020 as they manage to secure 1-1 draw against Czech Republic in Glasgow
broke Scottish hearts on Monday with two goals to beat the hosts at Hampden
Park 2-0, including an incredible strike from nearly 50 metres that will go
down as one of the best ever in the European Championship history.
He had a
much simpler task from the penalty spot to open the scoring, but Ivan Perisic’s
stunning strike early in the second half maintained Croatia’s chances of
reaching the knockout stage.
Cup finalists will have to beat Scotland on Tuesday to either pip the Czechs to
second place in Group D or most likely head through as one of the four best
move a point ahead of England at the top of the group ahead of the Three Lions’
grudge match with Scotland later on Friday.
their opening win, Jaroslav Silhavy’s men made a confident start as West Ham
duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek came close.
had a glorious chance from Coufal’s cut-back, but from a tenth of the distance
from where he scored four days ago, he failed to make a sweet connection and
Dominik Livakovic easily saved.
upset Argentina and England on their road to the final in Russia three years
ago, but have looked a pale imitation of that side so far this tournament
without Ivan Rakitic and Mario Mandzukic, who have retired from international
Luka Modric and Perisic remain their nation’s biggest threats and a well-worked
corner between the pair found the Inter Milan winger, but his shot was too
close to Tomas Vaclik.
Lovren had been recalled by Zlatko Dalic in two changes from a 1-0 defeat by
England on Sunday, but the former Liverpool centre-back was penalised in highly
controversial circumstances to gift the Czechs the opening goal.
elbow caught Schick as the two challenged for an aerial ball into the box.
Leverkusen forward was left with a bloodied nose and while he received
treatment, Spanish referee Carlos del Cerro Grande was advised to view the
incident again by VAR.
appeared to be no intent by Lovren, but the official still pointed to the spot.
Livakovic the wrong way to move ahead in the race for the Golden Boot.
had a great chance to level immediately, but summed up Croatia’s half when he
sliced horribly wide.
seen enough as he made two changes at the break with Bruno Petkovic and Luka
But it was Croatia’s
reliable source of goals in major tournaments that came up with the moment of
magic needed to launch their tournament less than two minutes after the break.