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Posted On Saturday, 18 June 2016 00:00 Written by
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Euro 2016

In a game that was marred by crowd trouble, Czech Republic provided the best entertainment so far in Euro 2016 by coming from two goals down to earn a creditable 2-2 draw against Croatia. This puts Croatia on a safe platter for progression from Group D while keeping Czech Republic’s hopes alive.

Croatia appeared to be cruising into the last 16 with goals from either side of half-time from Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic earning them a 2-0 lead. The fluid midfield of the Croats led by Luka Modric was dominating the proceedings and it looked like they will coast easily. Croatia dominated the vast majority of the game and to be frank the Czech Republic looked dead and buried till that dramatic late action. In hindsight, the limping off of Modric combined with the unrest in the stands seems to have knocked Croatia off the boil.


For the Czechs, this was a pleasant result. They struggled to stay in touch with the much fancied Croatian midfield and even their defense was looking more vulnerable than what it already was. But just when things looked out of control. Substitute Milan Skoda reduced the deficit with a brilliant header. They received a lifeline in the dying minutes when Domagoj Vida handled in the penalty area and Tomas Necid smashed home the leveler.

Croatia are still in good position to qualify for the next round along with Spain from Group D. The thin hopes of Czech hang on the possibility of being one of the best third-placed teams.

Player of the game

Modric was always going to be the mastermind of all Croatian attacks and he proved the same once again. Ironically it was not his presence but his absence that makes him a star player. It was only when Modric was substituted – as a precaution – did the Czechs come back. So much for influence!

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