Croatia secure their place in the last 16 of Euro 2020 courtesy of a 3-1 triumph over Scotland this evening, dumping Steve Clarke’s men out of the competition.
The Croats took the lead though Nikola Vlasic, but Callum McGregor gave the hosts hope before the break with a crisp strike to notch an equaliser.
However, Luka Modric turned the tide in the second half with a stunning effort before Ivan Perisic made sure of the victory with a close-range header.
Croatia finish second in Group D as a result of their win and Czech Republic’s 1-0 defeat to England.
Croatia will play the runner-up from Group F in their round-of-16 clash, which could be any of the four teams in the group.
Yes, the immediate reason for Scotland’s elimination lies in their failure to beat Croatia. But, perhaps more so, it was the missed opportunity against Czech Republic during last week’s Group D opener.
Steve Clarke got his team wrong and Scotland lost. He thought the criticism of that performance was unfair. He had a point, they did not play terribly.
But major tournaments do not allow for unfortunate defeats. As we now know, it has cost them dear.
The contest will take place next Monday in Copenhagen. Scotland will return to action in their World Cup qualifying campaign against Denmark in September.