Euro 2020: Perisic gives Croatia lifeline in 1-1 draw with Czech Republic

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Croatia’s Luka Modric (left) duels for the ball with Czech Republic’s Vladimir Darida during the Euro 2020 championship Group D match at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow. Image Credit: AP

Glasgow: Ivan Perisic scored a stunning second half equaliser as Croatia pegged back Czech Republic for a 1-1 draw in Group D today, keeping their slim hopes alive of qualifying to the European Championship knockout stages.

World Cup semi-finalists Croatia were well off the pace in the early stages and were dealt a huge blow when the Czechs were awarded a penalty after centre back Dejan Lovren struck striker Patrick Schick with his elbow inside the box.

Third goal

Schick, with a bloody nose from the challenge, picked himself up to smash the ball into the bottom corner and move to the top of the tournament’s goalscoring chart with his third goal.

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Czech Republic’s Tomas Kalas, front right, tries to block a shot from Croatia’s Nikola Vlasic, left, during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group D match between Croatia and Czech Republic at the Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Friday, June 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) Image Credit: AP

Croatia equalised two minutes after the interval when winger Perisic received the ball on the left channel, cut inside and fired a thunderous shot into the top corner.

The draw put Czech Republic top of Group D on four points, with second-placed England set to face Scotland in their second round match later tonight