Euro 2020 – Tuesady Recap

by SoccerCatch
Euro 2020 - Sunday Recap
Euro 2020 - Sunday Recap

Euro 2020 was back in action on Tuesday with a set of decisive Group D fixtures that saw England and Croatia successfully negotiate their matches.

England, Croatia, and the Czech Republic will all contest in the Round of 16, while Scotland wave goodbye to the tournament without a single win.

Let’s see what happened at Euro today.

Croatia 3-1 Scotland

Croatia and Scotland squared off at Hampden Park on Tuesday, battling it out for Euro 2020 survival.

While the 2018 World Cup runners-up return just a single point from their opening two Group D matches, the Tartan Terriers have lost both group stage fixtures without scoring.

Both teams had to pick up all three points to boost their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages of Euro 2020, with Croatia coming out 3-1 victors in Glasgow.

CSKA Moscow forward Nikola Vlasic opened the scoring in the 17th minute in his first start at the tournament, with Celtic’s Callum McGregor restoring a stalemate three minutes before half-time.

Despite drawing one back, Steve Clarke’s men struggled to cope with Croatia’s high pace and tempo, especially in the second half.

The Blazers assumed control of the match from the beginning of the second period, barely allowing Scotland to approach Dominik Livakovic’s 18-yard box.

However, the Croats’ scoring opportunities were also at a premium before Luka Modric came under the spotlight in the 62nd minute.

The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner latched onto Mateo Kovacic’s lay off with the outside of his boot to hammer the ball into the top right corner to give his team a precious lead.

Modric crowned his masterclass display with a 77th-minute assist for Perisic, who sealed Scotland’s fate.

Despite entering Matchday 3 bottom of the section, Croatia finished runners-up to England and will face the runner-up of Group E.

Their potential opponents in the Round of 16 are Sweden, Slovakia, Spain, and Poland.

Czech Republic 0-1 England

The Czech Republic and England have both progressed to the knock-out stages ahead of their final group stage game at Euro 2020.

The sides locked horns at Wembley Stadium to determine the winner of Group D, with the Three Lions eking out another narrow 1-0 victory.

Raheem Sterling, who scored the winning goal against Croatia on Matchday 1, decided the encounter in the 12th minute on an assist from Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

The Manchester City winger has scored only England’s goals at the tournament, while Harry Kane once against failed to find the net despite spending all 90 minutes on the pitch.

The Tottenham talisman cannot break the European Championships curse as he has yet to score at the Euro finals, having also drawn a blank in all four matches in 2016.

Despite finishing top of the section, Gareth Southgate’s men have failed to impress at Euro 2020 so far.

Many household names have underperformed in the first three fixtures that have seen England muster up just two goals.

However, the Three Lions are the only two teams alongside Italy and Sweden to have kept a clean sheet in the competition thus far.

While the Czechs reached the knock-outs from third place, England completed the group stage top of Group D.

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