Croatia VS Scotland LIVE Football Match Score June 22/6/2021
Only a win will do for both teams here. Croatia got off the mark last time out in a 1-1 draw with Czech Republic, but they remain third, narrowly ahead of Scotland on goal difference. The Tartan Army come into the game with their spirits lifted after impressing in their draw with England. Can they build on that as they return to Glasgow to face opponents against whom they are unbeaten in five meetings, including three wins? Victory could finally end their hoodoo of having never got past a major tournament group stage.
Croatia appear below par but have one last chance to redeem themselves and make their primary goal – the knockout stage. From what I’ve seen so far, it will be extremely difficult. They have never beaten Scotland, and they haven’t looked their sharpest this week either. Zlatko Dalić will make a few changes, perhaps fielding young Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Luka Ivanušec on the right. Croatia have often got it together when the chips are really down; can they summon their inner strength and do it again?
Dejan Lovren’s expression said it all as his flailing elbow on Patrik Schick was deemed worthy of a penalty by VAR on matchday two, and the Czech hotshot converted to put his side 1-0 to the good, but a well-taken equaliser from major tournament veteran Ivan Perisic ensured that Croatia would not start their Euro 2020 campaign with back-to-back defeats.
It is mathematically impossible for third-placed Croatia to progress as group winners, and England’s victory over the Chequered Ones at Wembley means that they are out of sight, so Dalic’s men must hope for the Three Lions to do them a favour against the Czech Republic while they endeavour to sink Scotland.
However, a draw in Group D’s other fixture would see Croatia’s result against Scotland pale into insignificance, but there is still no better time for Dalic to end his side’s four-game winless streak as they aim to progress as one of the four best third-placed sides.
Then again, Dalic has only overseen two victories from his last 11 games in charge of the Croatian national team – quite the fall from grace after their inspiring summer of football at Russia 2018 – and failure to progress to the final 16 of the continental competition would be nothing short of disastrous.