Croatia v Scotland Live Commentary & Result, 22/06/2021, European Championship

90′ + 3′ McTominay collects in the box and tries a blast at goal, but his effort is diverted behind by Lovren.

90′ + 2′ Patterson makes a neat turn under pressure in his own box to clear a throughball from Kovacic back to Marshall.

90′ There will be four minutes of added time.

88′ Croatia are taking the pace out of the game as we reach the climax of the contest. It has been a savvy second-half performance from Modric and company.

86′ McGinn tries to attack a cross from Robertson on the left, but he fouls Kovacic in the process. He has been in and around the box, but it has just not fallen the way of the Aston Villa midfielder tonight.

N. Patterson

S. O’Donnell

84′ Patterson enters the fray to replace O’Donnell for the closing stages of the contest.


84′ Nisbet enters the action to replace Adams in the final third.

83′ Perisic is now Croatia’s joint-top goalscorer at major tournaments with nine goals.

81′ Robertson curls a corner in from the right flank for McTominay to attack, but he sends his effort comfortably over the bar.


81′ Rebic replaces Perisic, who has made a huge impact this evening with an assist and goal.

80′ SAVE! Fraser makes a good run down the left flank and delivers a cross to the back post. It travels away from Adams, but he still forces a low strike towards goal that Livakovic has to repel with his feet.


77′ Modric delivers a perfect cross to the near post for Perisic to attack and score.


77′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! PERISIC HEADS HOME!!!! 3-1 CROATIA!!! The Croats are surely on their way to the last 16 now as Perisic glances Modric’s corner away from Marshall into the bottom-right corner. Modric’s delivery towards the near post is on point and Perisic gets the better of Tierney in their aerial duel to find the back of the net.

76′ McKenna has to react in the middle to turn Modric’s corner away from Kramaric. He had to make that intervention.


76′ Ivanusec replaces the goalscorer of the first Croatia goal Vlasic. 

74′ Kovacic turns in space on the edge of the box and drills an effort through a crowd of players, but his attempt is straight at Marshall.

73′ OVER! Fraser makes a break forward for the hosts and goes for a strike at goal from 25 yards. He gets the power, but not the placement required as it sails over the bar.


71′ Gvardiol is withdrawn with an injury for the Croats and is replaced at left-back by Barisic.

A. Kramarić

B. Petković


70′ Croatia withdraw Petkovic in the final third as Kramaric makes his way on to the field.


70′ Fraser enters the action to replace Armstrong in the middle of the park.

69′ CHANCE! Robertson curls a great cross into the box from the right flank from a corner. McGinn rises, but takes his eye off the ball at the last second and fails to make clean contact.

68′ McGregor tries an ambitious strike from distance, but his effort on this occasion sails over the bar.

67′ Modric is the oldest player to score for Croatia at the Euros (35 years and 286 days) – he already holds the record for Croatia’s youngest scorer at the tournament (22 years 73 days versus Austria in 2008).

66′ McTominay tries to angle a cross-field pass towards Robertson, but Juranovic gets back and diverts it behind before the skipper can collect in a dangerous position.

64′ The life has been sucked out of Hampden Park by Modric. Scotland need to find a lifeline once again.


62′ Kovacic collects a pass from Petkovic before turning and offloading to Modric in space to shoot and score.


62′ WHAT A GOAL!!!!!! MODRIC SCORES A STUNNER!!!! 2-1 CROATIA!!!! Dalic’s men regain their lead through a brilliant strike from Modric with the outside of his right boot. Croatia sustain pressure down the left flank before Kovacic rolls an offload into the path of the skipper. Modric lets fly first time and his effort soars into the top-left corner. A huge goal for the Croats. 

59′ CHANCE! McGinn attacks a perfect cross from Robertson to the back post, but he cannot steer his close-range effort on target amid pressure from Gvardiol and Livakovic. That was a huge chance for the hosts.

58′ Croatia are finding their passing rhythm once again. Scotland need to up the ante to address the balance.

56′ WHAT A SAVE! Modric lifts a ball over the top for Perisic to chase in behind the Scotland defence. He blasts a left-footed strike towards goal, but it hits Marshall in the face which keeps it out of the net. A flag goes up late for offside, although it was a close one.

53′ Juranovic lifts a dangerous cross towards the back post from the right flank, but O’Donnell takes no chances and heads behind for a Croatia corner.

51′ Marshall and Gvardiol require treatment on the field before the game can continue, although both appear to be okay.

50′ SAVE! Gvardiol makes a great run all the way around from the left flank to the right side of the Scotland defence. Vlasic picks out his surge behind the line and he bears down on goal. He tries to flick a strike past the onrushing Marshall, but the keeper spreads himself to deny the full-back.

48′ Scotland have come out with a strong intensity at the start of the second half. They must maintain this level for 45 minutes to keep their Euros hopes alive.

46′ McGregor is the first Scottish player to score in a Euros since June 18, 1996, when Ally McCoist scored against Switzerland; Scotland had gone 46 shots without scoring at the Euros.

46′ We’re back under way at Hampden Park.

The break may have come at the wrong time for Scotland just when they were building pressure on Croatia once more. The crowd are into the game, and if the Scots can harness that energy they couldbe on course for the last 16.

It’s all square at the break in the Euro 2020 Group D clash between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park. Nikola Vlasic put Croatia ahead with a close-range finish from Ivan Perisic’s knockdown. However, Scotland responded with their first Euros goal since 1996 when Callum McGregor pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the box and rifled an effort into the back of the net. The game remains in the balance at the interval.


45′ + 1′ Perisic tries to turn momentum back in Croatia’s favour with a run and blast at goal from distance, but his effort is charged down.

45′ There will be two minutes of added time.

45′ Livakovic makes a vital intervention at the back to clear O’Donnell’s cross away from Adams at the back post. Scotland are rocking now.

43′ McGregor has scored his first goal for Scotland in his 34th cap. What a time to break his duck at international level.


42′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! MCGREGOR BLASTS HOME AN EQUALISER!!!! 1-1!!!!!!! Hampden Park erupts as McGregor rifles home a strike into the bottom-left corner from 20 yards. Robertson sees a cross into the box repelled by the Croatia defence. McGregor is the first to react and he does not hesitate in lining up the strike. He connects with a blast on his right foot that travels through a crowd of defenders before beating Livakovic.

40′ OVER! Vlasic sends an offload wide to Perisic on the left flank. He makes a move inside to shift the ball on to his right foot. Perisic goes for the strike, but blazes his effort well wide of the target.

38′ Perisic beats O’Donnell for pace down the left flank, but Vlasic cannot connect with his low cross. Juranovic lines up a strike from 20 yards that sails over the bar.

36′ Croatia are looking to take the sting out of the game with a period of possession. Scotland were building a rhythm, but have been stymied over the last five minutes.


34′ McKenna brings down Petkovic with a poor lunge one minute after entering the action. He is booked by the referee.


33′ McKenna enters the action to replace Hanley in the middle of the Scotland defence.

33′ Hanley is struggling for Scotland as he lays on the deck in the middle of the park. It looks as though he will have to be withdrawn.

31′ Modric almost manages to thread a pass through to Petkovic, but the forward moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside.

29′ There has been plenty of energy from Scotland this evening, but once again they’re lacking a clinical edge in the final third.

27′ Armstrong hangs a cross into the box for McTominay to attack, but he heads his effort straight at Livakovic.


26′ Pressure from Adams yields a mistake from Lovren as the defender kicks the forward rather than the ball. He gives away a free-kick and goes into the book.

24′ CLOSE AND SAVE! Scotland respond as Armstrong clips a ball into the right-inside channel for McGinn. He angles a ball across the face of goal with a header, but it agonisingly evades Dykes and Adams on the stretch. The hosts recycle possession before McGinn takes on a low effort that Livakovic parries before gathering at the second attempt.

22′ SAVE! Space opens up for Modric to strike at goal from 25 yards. It heads towards the top of the net, forcing Marshall to tip it over the bar. The Scotland keeper definitely gets a touch, but the referee awards a goal-kick.

20′ Vlasic has scored his sixth goal for Croatia and his first since October 2020 vs France.

19′ Perisic has a surge down the left flank and into the inside channel. He tries to fire a low ball across the face of goal, but O’Donnell makes a good block.


17′ Perisic rises at the back post to nod a cross from Juranovic into the path of Vlasic to shoot and score.


17′ GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! VLASIC FIRES CROATIA AHEAD!!!!! 1-0 CROATIA!!! Dalic’s men take the lead through a close-range finish from Vlasic. Perisic rises at the back post to head a cross from Juranovic into the path of Vlasic. He manages a take a touch under pressure before placing a low effort around McTominay and past Marshall into the bottom-left corner.

16′ Vlasic tries to thread the needle to release Petkovic through the middle. Marshall senses the danger is out sharp off his line to clear ahead of the forward.

14′ O’Donnell has a run down the right flank and he hammers a cross towards the near post that Livakovic gathers.

12′ UPDATE: England have taken the lead against Czech Republic, which is good news for the two sides in this contest in their bid to finish second.

10′ WIDE! Dykes nods the ball down to Adams and he lines up a strike on his right foot 25 yards from goal. He connects well with his effort, but it travels wide of the right post.

8′ It has been a frenetic start to the contest from Scotland and the home fans inside Hampden Park are backing their side to the hilt.

6′ SAVE! Livakovic make a fine save at the back post to deny McGinn. The midfielder cuts back on to his right foot on the left flank and curls a delivery to the back post. It evades the foot of Adams, but looks to heading in anyway. Livakovic has to act to push it past the right post.

4′ Perisic lifts a cross into the box from the right for Petkovic to attack, but the forward is offside in the Scotland box.

2′ Livakovic comes through a crowd of players to punch Robertson’s corner away from danger. Dykes tries to leap ahead of the keeper, but just cannot make contact with a header.

1′ O’Donnell makes a raid down the right flank and wins Scotland a corner from their first attack.

1′ We’re under way at Hampden Park.

Croatia have never beaten Scotland in their five previous meetings (D3 L2). In fact, France (8 games) and Portugal (7) are the only teams the Croats have faced on more occasions without ever securing a victory.

Steve Clarke has made just one change to his side that drew against England. It’s enforced as Gilmour’s Covid-19 diagnosis sees Armstrong come into the side to replace the Chelsea man in the middle of the park. Clarke keeps faith with Dykes and Adams in the final third, despite their inefficient outings against England.

Dalic has made four changes to his side that drew against Czech Republic last time out. Juranovic comes into the backline to replace Vrsaljko. Kramaric, Brekalo and Rebic all make way from the final third as Brozovic, Vlasic and Petkovic all start this evening.

SCOTLAND SUBS: Ryan Christie, Craig Gordon, John Fleck, Declan Gallagher, Liam Cooper, David Turnbull, Kevin Nisbet, Ryan Fraser, Jon McLaughlin, Nathan Patterson, James Forrest, Scott McKenna.

SCOTLAND (3-4-3): David Marshall; Scott McTominay, Grant Hanley, Kieran Tierney; Stephen O’Donnell, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor, Andrew Robertson; John McGinn, Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams.

CROATIA SUBS: Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Brekalo, Andrej Kramaric, Lovre Kalinic, Ante Budimir, Mario Pasalic, Ante Rebic, Milan Badelj, Simon Sluga, Luka Ivanusec.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Josko Gvardiol; Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Vlasic; Bruno Petkovic.

Scotland’s preparations have been rocked by Billy Gilmour’s positive Covid-19 test. The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out of the contest, but fortunately is okay and no other member of the team has contracted the virus or has been forced to isolate. Scotland need a victory to advance to the round of 16, and will be buoyed by their performance against England last time out. However, they have yet to score in the competition and need to discover a clinical edge tonight to avoid a premature exit.

Croatia are in a straight shootout with Scotland for the final qualification spot in Group D, although even a point might not be enough for the two sides. A win for Croatia would send them through to the next round and they can still overhaul Czech Republic for second spot should they lose their contest to England. Zlatko Dalic’s men have been underwhelming to date, losing against England and drawing against the Czechs last time out. An improvement is required tonight to send them through to the last 16.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 Group D clash between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park.