11,000 fans made a lively debut at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. The first minutes of the game were characterized by Scottish attacking football. Adams missed twice (6th, 10th). Something like Scottish dominion was developing. But out of nowhere Nikola Vlasik (17th) broke through the bravely fighting defense of the “Bravehearts” with a drop kick from eleven meters.
But Scotland did not give up and leveled through McGregor (42′) just before half-time. The midfielder kicks the ball into the goal from 16 yards. There was hope again. But Luka Modric (62nd) put Croatia in front once again on the strength of his talent. The midfielder kicks the ball into the Scottish goal from 17 yards.
Modric shocks Scotland after half time
There were a few more highlights in the second half. The Croatian cleverly took the lead and Scotland looked disorganized. But Croatia still had a chance: Ivan Perisic (77th) held on to a 3–1 lead led by Modric Karner.
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On the other hand, Adams was denied from close range by Livakovic. It could have been the connection. Scotland did not get a chance till the last whistle. As a result, the Scots are relegated from the European Championship in fourth place in Group D. Croatia is set to reach the round of 16. (ck)
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