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Croatia 1-1 Czech Republic:Schick puts Czech a step closer to last 16

Fri 18 June 2021 | 18:32

Croatia and Czech Republic had to settle for a point each after a disappointing 1-1 draw that leaves Group D in balance.

Croatia

were beaten 1-0 by

England

at Wembley in their opening Group D fixture on Sunday as

Raheem Sterling

’s goal gave

Gareth Southgate

’s side some measure of revenge for their painful semi-final defeat in Russia three years ago.

The 2018 World Cup finalists needed to get their Euro 2020 campaign on track this evening as they met the

Czech Republic

at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

But they were dealt a huge blow when the Czechs were awarded a penalty after a VAR check for

Dejan Lovren

making contact with

Patrik Schick

’s nose.

It appeared to be a natural movement as the former

Liverpool

defender was jumping. However,

Schick

was hurt in the challenge and the referee gave a penalty upon second viewing.

Schick picked himself up and sent the ball into the bottom corner and move to the top of the tournament's goalscoring chart with his third goal.

Croatia roared out of the traps in the second half and restored parity with a fine goal from

Ivan Perisic

.

Perisic

, restored to the left flank, was played in down the channel and cut in on his right foot, curling a powerful effort into the far corner, becoming the first Croatian to score at four major tournaments after goals at the last two World Cups and at Euro 2016.

The result left the Czechs with four points from their two games and a step closer to securing their place in the last 16. They take on

England

in their final game at Wembley on Tuesday.

However, the situation is more pressing for Croatia. They face

Scotland

at Hampden Park in their final match knowing defeat would end their campaign, while victory would put them in a good position to reach the knockouts.


source: SportMob

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