Croatia want to win for the first time against Scotland when the two teams face each other on the final day of Group D in Glasgow.
• Scotland have not lost any of their last five matches against their opponents in Match 3, and of course they want to continue this streak in the penalty UEFA Euro 2020 game at Hampden Park.
• The first three match draws with Croatia ended and Scotland won the final two. In qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Robert Snodgrass won both games, a 1–0 win at Zagreb and a 2–0 win at Hampden Park, with Gary Naismith contributing the second goal.
• However, the Scotts were only able to collect five more points in the remaining eight qualifying games, finishing fourth in Group A with eleven points – Croatia second with six points. With a win against Iceland in the play-offs, Croatia bought a ticket for the World Cup final in Brazil.
• Four of the last five matches have been in World Cup qualification. In the 2002 final, Zagreb had a 1–1 draw, with Alan Bokike giving the hosts a lead after 15 minutes. Kevin Gallacher equalized nine minutes later.
• The game ended goalless in Glasgow and the Croatian had an even better end here: they qualified for Korea / Japan as Group 6 winners, while Scotland finished third in the group.
• A friendly match at Hampden on 26 March 2008 also ended in a draw. Through Nico Kranzer, the guests took the lead after ten minutes, with Kenny Miller equalizing in the 31st minute.
Euro Facts: Croatia
• Croatia participates in a euro for the sixth time; Since the country gained independence, only UEFA Euro 2000 has been recalled, so it is now the fifth consecutive final with the participation of Croatians. They reached the quarter-finals twice, twice in the group stage.
• Croatia finished in the round of 16 at UEFA Euro 2016, where they lost 1–0 to eventual winner Portugal after extra time. Earlier, Ante Čačić’s team won their group by seven points, ahead of defending champions Spain.
• In qualifying for UEFA Euro 2020, Zlatko Dalić’s team won the group with 17 points from eight matches, with Wales trailing by three points.
• In the last 14 Euro Games before the first match, there was only one defeat apart from 0–1 after extra time against Portugal four years ago: On 24 March 2019, Croatia suffered a 2–1 defeat in Hungary 9. Wins and 4 draws).
• Before UEFA Euro 2020, the Croatian had a record 2 wins and 1 defeat after three visits to Hampden Park. His last game before a duel with the Czech Republic on Match 2 was a 2–0 defeat against Scotland in World Cup qualification in October 2013; These three encounters with Scotland were the only guests of this country before Croatia’s final.
Kranjkar’s goal in the 1–1 friendly against Scotland in March 2008 is Croatia’s only goal so far in Glasgow.
Euro Facts: Scotland
• Scotland have played two Euro finals in 1992 and 1996 so far. Both ended after the preliminary round, although one of three matches was won each time.
• This is Scotland’s first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.
• So far Scotland have never entered the first round in any of their Euros or eight World Cups. The 1998 World Cup was only the fourth of their ten tournaments in which they could not win a game.
• Scotland had a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 3 defeats in the final of Euro 2020.
• The Scots began qualifying with a 3–0 loss to UEFA Euro 2020 with Alex McLeish in Kazakhstan before a 2–0 win at San Marino. In May 2019, Steve Clarke succeeded McLeish, under him Scotland eventually finished third in Group I after Belgium and Russia. Ten points were scored in ten matches (5 wins, 5 defeats).
• Scotland qualified for the play-offs as group winners in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League with nine points from four matches under McLeish, ahead of Israel and Albania.
• After a 120-minute goal at Hampden Park, in the semi-finals of the play-off against Israel, Clarke’s side won all five penalties at 5-4.
• A penalty was also awarded when the Serbia-Scotland play-off final ended 1–1. Ryan Christie gave the Scots an edge and the host team equalized in the 90th minute. The Scots converted all five penalties again, and when David Marshall withdrew the Serbs’ final penalty from Alexander Mitrovic, the participation in the final was perfect.
Prior to this tournament, Scotland were undefeated in the last five Euro Games (3 wins, 2 draws) after losing in four previous games.
• Scotland had a record 135 wins, 63 draws and 60 defeats at Hampden Park before the start of UEFA Euro 2020. Recently they were unbeaten there for six games (4 wins, 2 draws), as they lost 4–0 against Belgium in the European Championship qualification on September 9, 2019, their fifth defeat in eight matches at this stadium ( 3 wins)) is of.
• Croatian Borna Bassiok has played for the Rangers since August 2018, when he came from Osijek.
• Barrow’s teammates at Ebro include Ryan Jack and John McLaughlin.
• Also played together:
Dejan Loveren and Andy Robertson (Liverpool 2017-20)
Louvre Kalinic & John McGinn (Aston Villa 2019, 2020)
Mateo Kovacic and Billy Gilmour (Chelsea 2018-)
Kritijan Bistrovic scored Croatia’s second goal on 12 November 2020 in a 2–2 draw at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship at Tynecastle, Edinburgh.
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