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Euro 2020: Luka Modric Stunner Against Scotland Sends Croatia Into Round Of 16

Scotland's shot at arriving at the knockout phase of a significant competition interestingly were finished in a 3-1 loss to a Luka Modric-propelled Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday that took the World Cup sprinters up into the last 16 of Euro 2020. Subsequent to finishing a 23-year stand by to fit the bill for a significant competition, another noteworthy accomplishment was past Steve Clarke's men who were fixed by a snapshot of enchantment from Modric. Callum McGregor offset Nikola Vlasic's initial opener to give the hosts trust heading into half-time. 

Yet, Modric showed the class that made him the man to break Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's hold on the Ballon d'Or in 2018, a shocking hit with the outside of his foot soon after the hour mark reestablishing Croatia's lead. 

Ivan Perisic's header scoured salt into Scottish injuries a short ways from time as Croatia pipped the Czech Republic to second place in Group D behind England. 

Zlatko Dalic's side will confront the sprinter up from Group E, including Spain, Sweden, Slovakia and Poland, in Copenhagen next Monday. Scotland's readiness had been scourged by the deficiency of Billy Gilmour to a positive test for Covid after the 20-year-old midfielder had radiated on his first worldwide beginning in 0-0 draw against England on Friday. 

In any case, Clarke's crew got away with no different players being compelled to segregate as close contacts and, thundered on by 12,000 fans inside Hampden, began the front foot. 

Che Adams was inches from associating with John McGinn's perilous cross that Dominik Livakovic did well to turn behind for a corner. 

Croatia had scarcely compromised before they went in front on 17 minutes.

Perisic headed down a flung ball into the container and Vlasic discovered space between three Scotland safeguards to fire low into the corner. 

Croatia then, at that point had the hosts pursuing shadows for 10 minutes as the midfield maestros of Modric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic assumed responsibility for the game. 

Modric's rankling drive from fresh was splendidly spilled by David Marshall. 

Be that as it may, Scotland recovered and began to suggest the Croatians conversation starters again as the half wore on. 

McGinn's work came up short on the ability to inconvenience Livakovic, yet three minutes before the break Scotland had their first significant competition objective since 1998. 

McGregor jumped on a free ball at the edge of the crate and, on his more vulnerable right foot, the Celtic midfielder penetrated into the base corner starting joyous scenes of festivity. 

Scotland went down the passage at half-time with a spring in their progression, yet the actual efforts of holding England four days sooner incurred significant damage as the energy levels of Clarke's men plunged in the subsequent period. 

Marshall fearlessly hindered from Josko Gvardiol before Perisic shot directly at the Scotland plug when clean through. 

Similarly as against the Czechs and England in their initial two games, Scotland were made to pay for not taking their risks. 

McGinn some way or another neglected to make a spotless association at the back post from an enticing cross from Stuart Armstrong. 

Minutes after the fact, Modric's deft touch at long last broke Scottish hearts. Croatia serenely worked the opening at the edge of the case before the Real Madrid midfielder stroked the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right foot. 

Alongside Modric, Perisic has reliably been one of his nation's vital entertainers at significant competitions for almost 10 years. The Inter Milan winger's flicked header from a Modric corner dropped in off within the post for his 10th objective at a World Cup or European Championship to end any desire for a Scottish restoration.

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