Croatia are looking for their first win against Scotland as the two sides face off in Glasgow on the final day of Group D.
• Scotland are undefeated in five matches against their opponents on match day at home and away. She hopes to end her squad on a positive note in the UEFA Euro 2020 match to be held at Hampden Park.
• After drawing their first three matches against Croatia, Scotland won the last two matches, Robert Snodgrass scoring in both the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, a 1–0 win in Zagreb and a 2–0 success at Hampden Park. where the Scots’ second goal was scored by Steven Naismith.
• However, Scotland scored just five points more than their other eight qualifiers and finished fourth in Group A with 11 points, 6 behind second-placed Croatia, who defeated Iceland in the play-offs to win. Qualified for the finals in Brazil.
• Four out of five meetings of these teams took place in the framework of the qualifiers for the World Cup. In the 2002 qualifiers, the match in Zagreb ended in a 1–1 draw, with Alain Bokic’s opener for the Croats eliminated nine minutes later by Kevin Gallacher.
• The match in Glasgow ended in a goalless draw and once again Croatia got the last laugh, joining Korea and Japan to finish first in Group 6; Scotland were eliminated, finishing third.
• A friendly match at Hampden on 26 March 2008 also ended in a draw, with Nico Kranzjar’s tenth minute goal for the visitors being destroyed by Kenny Miller in the 31st minute.
Croatia and Euro
• This is Croatia’s sixth euro; It has failed only once since its independence at UEFA Euro 2000, meaning it is the fifth final tournament in a row. She reached the quarterfinals twice and was eliminated twice in the group stage.
• Croatia’s UEFA Euro 2016 campaign ended in the Round of 16 against future champions Portugal, winning 1–0 after extra time. A team coached by Ante a byić finished first in their group with seven points, ahead of defending champions Spain.
• Zlatko Dali D’s team has won Group E in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers, having collected 17 points from their 8 appearances and three points ahead of Wales.
• After being ousted by Portugal after extra time four years ago, Croatia suffered a 2-1 loss in Hungary on March 24, 2019. It is their only defeat in the 90 minutes of their last 14 Euro games (9 wins) before day 1.
• Croatia’s figures were 2 draws and 1 loss in three matches at Hampden Park ahead of UEFA Euro 2020. Their last game before facing the Czech Republic on match day 2 was a 2–0 loss to Scotland in World Cup qualifying in October 2013; Those three matches with Scotland were also their last matches in the country prior to this tournament.
• Kranzár’s goal in a 1–1 friendly against Scotland in March 2008 in Glasgow is Croatia’s only goal ahead of the opener in the current edition.
Scotland and the Euro
• Scotland has qualified for the last two Euro finals in 1992 and 1996. In both cases, they failed to advance past the group stage, despite winning one of their three matches in each tournament.
• This is Scotland’s first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.
• Scotland have never advanced beyond the first round in their Euro appearances or their eight World Cup appearances, although their 1998 World Cup campaign was only the fourth time in those ten tournaments. ‘She failed to win a single match.
• Scotland in the Euro Final before UEFA Euro 2020: 2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses.
• The Scots began their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign under Alex McLeish, losing 3–0 in Kazakhstan to a 2–0 win in San Marino. Steve Clarke took over from McLeish in May 2019. Scotland finished third in Group I behind Belgium and Russia, after collecting 15 points from all their ten matches (5 wins, 5 losses).
• Scotland reached the play-offs after finishing first in their 2018/19 UEFA Nations League group, scoring nine points from four matches under McLeish to win their group ahead of Israel and Albania.
• Israel was again hostile in the semi-finals of the play-offs, with Clarke’s team scoring five penalties for a 5-4 win at Hampden Park after 120 scoreless minutes.
• Shots on goal were also required after the play-off final against Serbia (1–1), as the home side equalized in the 90th minute to eliminate Ryan Christie’s opener. Scotland once again converted all five shots on goal, with David Marshall saving Serbia’s final penalty in front of Aleksandar Mitrovic to secure a place in the final.
• Prior to this tournament, Scotland were unbeaten in their last five Euro matches (3 wins), having lost the last four.
• Scotland at Hampden Park ahead of UEFA Euro 2020: 135 wins, 63 draws, 60 losses. It has not experienced a loss in six matches (4 wins) since its 4–0 loss to Belgium on 9 September 2019 in Euro qualifying, which was its fifth loss in eight matches (3 wins) at this ground.
Do we know each other?
• Croatian Borna Baricic has played for Glasgow Rangers since signing from Osijel in August 2018.
• Barišić’s teammates at Ibrox include Nathan Patterson and John McLaughlin.
• Play together as well:
Dejan Loveren and Andy Robertson (Liverpool 2017-20)
Lavrey Kalinik and John McGinn (Aston Villa 2019, 2020)
Matteo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour (Chelsea 2018-)
• Luka Modric and Andy Robertson played all 90 minutes of the two matches between Real Madrid and Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, with Real qualifying (3–1 at home and then a 0–0 draw) Enfield).
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