Scotland crashed out of Euro 2020 as they misplaced 3-1 to Croatia on Tuesday night time.
Callum McGregor scored the Tartan Military’s first purpose at a significant match in 23 years to cancel out Nikola Vlasic’s opener, however any hopes of qualifying for the knockout levels of a European Championship or World Cup for the primary time took a hammer blow because of Luka Modric’s beautiful second-half strike.
And Ivan Perisic sealed Scotland’s destiny and ensured Croatia’s passage into the final 16 when he headed in Modric’s nook.
Scotland got here out firing and nearly took a six-minute lead when John McGinn’s in-swinging cross was simply missed by an onrushing Che Adams and was crushed away by Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic.
Adams was up for it at Hampden Park and had a long-range effort drift simply vast of Livakovic’s put up moments later.
Regardless of Scotland’s early stress, it was Croatia who struck first by way of former Everton midfielder Vlasic within the 17th minute.
Perisic headed down a cross for Vlasic, who took the ball down and well completed previous David Marshall contained in the field.
Modric, who turns 36 in September, continues to indicate that age is only a quantity and examined Marshall with a long-range effort 5 minutes after Croatia’s opener.
The Actual Madrid veteran is now Croatia’s youngest AND oldest participant to attain on the Euros.
Scotland didn’t let the early setback deter them, although, and continued to create possibilities.
Andy Robertson’s cross discovered McGinn, whose tame effort was simply saved by Livakovic.
Scotland’s perseverance paid off when McGregor drew his nation degree three minutes earlier than half-time.
Robertson’s cross was poorly cleared by the Croatia defence because the ball fell to McGregor simply outdoors the field.
The Celtic midfielder took one contact and let fly with a low, laborious drive into the underside left nook.
The second-half was not as frantic because the opening 45 minutes, nevertheless, Marshall confirmed admirable bravery to get down low to thwart Josko Gvardiol simply after the restart.
It was Scotland’s flip to assault and Steve Clarke’s males got here near taking the lead a minute earlier than the hour mark.
Stuart Armstrong’s deep cross was poked inches vast by McGinn, who would have felt like he ought to have achieved higher.
Modric’s second of magic then turned the sport on its head simply three minutes later when the Actual Madrid midfielder used the surface of his proper foot to curve in Croatia’s second purpose from vary.
Describing Modric’s beautiful purpose, former Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo informed talkSPORT 2: “It was an impressive end from Modric.
“He takes it with the surface of his proper foot and sticks it within the prime nook. The accuracy is unimaginable, David Marshall has no likelihood in any respect.
“The end in itself, to get the ability and accuracy, was simply excellent.”
And Modric was concerned in Croatia’s third purpose when Perisic flicked within the former’s nook with 13 minutes remaining.