Glasgow, June 23 (IANS) Croatia qualified for the last 16 of the European Championships with a 3-1 win over Scotland at Hampden Park.
Goals from Nikola Vlasic, Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic gave Croatia a victory they deserved for their control of the ball to blow up Scotland’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time in their history, reports Xinhua.
Scotland were without Billy Gilmore with Stuart Armstrong coming in for the midfielder, who has tested positive for Covid-19 in Steve Clarke’s only move to the side that drew with England on 18 June.
The Scots seemed to introduce a high tempo in the game to stop the Croats from laying on the ball, but the visiting side quickly gained control of the match and began to ping the ball around the field.
Croatia took the lead in the 17th minute when the impressive Perisic nodded a cross back to Nikola Vlasic to put his side ahead.
The Croats continued to control the ball and moved it comfortably around, with Perisic a constant threat down their left flank.
Knowing that the draw would not serve either side, Croatia looked to extend their lead and scored a crucial third goal in the 77th minute when Perisic threw Modric’s corner home from the nearest post to see his side, but in second place in the group.
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