Czech Republic vs Croatia

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UEFA Euro 2016

Group D

June 17th

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France


37′ Perišić

59′ Rakitić

76′ Škoda

90’+3′ Nedic

Thanks for joining us.

FT: The result means Croatia move to the top of the Group E on four points ahead of Spain, their next opponents in second on three points. Czech Republic move into third with a point ahead of their next opponents Turkey remain bottom without a point.

FT: Croatia will be disappointed having led for a majority of the game but their crowd has cost them the victory but the Czech Republic won’t mind.

FT: Crowd trouble also assisted Czech Republic as Croatia had lost their focus and momentum and the Czech’s were inspired and capitalised: piling on the pressure. They were given a helping hand though, when Vida handled in the area and Necid fired home the spot-kick.

FT: Czech Republic looked as though they would have conceded three or four times but after Škoda’s goal, they were given hope.

FT: So Croatia have squandered a two-goal lead and have to settle for a point.

90’+9′ The referee blows his whistle to bring the match to an end.

90’+9′ Ćorluka wins a freekick.

90’+8′ The corner is cleared.

90’+8′ The corner is deflected behind for another corner.

90’+7′ Ćorluka concedes a corner.

90’+7′ Final Croatia change sees Šime Vrsaljko replace Strinić.

90’+6′ Final Croatia change sees Rakitić replaced by Schildenfeld.

90’+3′ Goal!! Necid steps up to thump home the equaliser.

90’+2′ Penalty!! Vida is penalised for handball. He receives a yellow card.

90′ Play resumes.

86′ Slight delay in the match as flares disrupt the match.

85′ Final Czech change sees Tomáš Necid replace Plašil.

84′ Close!! Vida meets the delivery but heads just wide of the near-post.

84′ Brozović wins a corner.

83′ Cech claims the corner.

83′ Perišić wins a corner.

82′ Škoda is caught offside.

80′ The corner is cleared.

79′ Close!! Perišić finds Rakitić, who finds Brozović who turns his man before firing an effort that deflects narrowly wide of the far-post.

76′ Goal!! A fine cross from Rosický with the outside of the foot is met well with a glancing header by Škoda who heads home past Subašić.

73′ Brozović receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Limberský.

71′ Close!! Rakitić curls the freekick just over the bar.

71′ Sivok receives a yellow card for a foul on Mandžukić. Freekick in a promising position for Croatia.

70′ Mandžukić receives treatment after a clash of heads.

66′ Double Czech Republic change sees Lafata and Skalák replaced by Josef Šural and Milan Škoda.

65′ Chance!! A Brozović cross is intercepted into the path of Mandžukić by Kaderábek, but the Juventus forward fires over, when he really should have scored.

64′ The delivery is punched clear by Cech.

63′ Kaderábek concedes a corner.

61′ First Croatia change sees Modrić replaced by Mateo Kovačić due to a slight injury.

59′ Goal!! Hubník loses possession to Brozović who finds Rakitić who chips Cech to double Croatia’s lead.

56′ Perišić is penalised for a foul.

52′ Chance!! A Vida clearance falls to Krejcí whose acrobatic effort is well saved by Subašić.

47′ Strinić wins a freekick. He’s down as he has hurt his arm.

45′ Chance!! Rakitić surges forward before firing the ball over the bar.

45′ Croatia get the second-half away.

HT: So will Croatia get two or three or will the Czech Republic get going and find a leveller? Join us again for the second-half.

HT: Croatia have been so dominant that it looks as though it could be curtains for Czech Republic, who haven’t really got going as of yet.

HT: So Croatia are ahead at the break and deservedly so. Croatia have had a number of chances with Mandžukić and Rakitić forcing Cech into some unorthodox saves. Perišić did open the scoring and has gone close on a number of occasions, coming a whisker away from making contact with a Mandžukić cross.

45’+1′ The referee instead opts to blow his whistle to bring the first 45 minutes to an end.

45′ Srna wins a corner.

45′ Rakitić wins a freekick after a foul from Sivok.

45′ There will be one additional minute.

43′ Lafata’s freekick hits the wall as does his rebound before Croatia clear the danger.

42′ Lafata wins a freekick in a good position after a foul from Badelj. Badelj has to be careful as he’s already been booked.

41′ Chance!! Rakitić’s delivery is met by Ćorluka but he drags his effort wide as his teammate Vida gets in his way.


40′ Croatia win a freekick in a good position.

37′ Goal!! Perišić drives forward before shifting the ball onto his left foot and fires home into the far-post.

36′ Chance!! Rakitić plays a nice one-two with Perišić before the Barcelona man forces Cech into a fine save wirh his feet.

34′ Lafata is penalised for a foul.

33′ Mandžukić is penalised for a foul on Hubník.

28′ Mandžukić is back on his feet as play resumes.

28′ Mandžukić is down after a clash of heads with Hubník.

27′ Chance!! The corner is cleared to Strinić who volleys hramlessly over.

27′ Krejcí concedes a corner.

27′ Cech punches the corner clear.

26′ The corner is cleared behind for another corner by Plašil.

26′ Strinić wins a corner.

26′ Rakitić’s delivery is cleared.

26′ Hubník concedes a corner.

23′ Srna’s delivery is cleared.

23′ Modrić wins a corner.

21′ Perišić wins a freekick.

20′ Chance!! Mandžukić sends in a dangerous delivery in towards Perišić but it just evades the Inter Milan winger who slides in.

19′ Chance!! Cech comes out to punch a Strinić cross but misses the punch completely and Mandžukić just can’t get enough contact on the ball at the back-post.

16′ The delivery is overhit and goes out for a goalkick.

16′ Srna is penalised for a foul.

13′ Badelj receives a yellow card for a flailing arm that catches Darida in an aerial challenge.

12′ Brozović is penalised for a foul. There wasn’t much in that.

7′ Chance!! A Rakitić strike is blocked into the path of Badelj who fires wide.

6′ The delivery is cleared before Badelj’s effort is miscued and bounces before Cech gathers.

5′ The freekick is eventually cleared before Brozović wins a freekick in a good position.

4′ Brozović is penalised for a foul.

2′ The delivery is cleared at first before Rakitić’s second delivery deflects off the back of Mandžukić before going out for a goalkick.

1′ Chance!! The delivery is headed on by Mandžukić and Cech is forced to tip the ball over the bar.

1′ Cech concedes a corner.

0′ Czech Republic get the game underway.

Team news:

Czech Republic: Petr Cech (GK), David Limberský, Roman Hubník, Tomáš Sivok, Pavel Kaderábek, Vladimír Darida, Jaroslav Plašil, Ladislav Krejcí, Tomáš Rosický, Jiří Skalák, David Lafata

Croatia: Danijel Subašić (GK), Ivan Strinić, Domagoj Vida, Vedran Ćorluka, Darijo Srna, Luka Modrić, Milan Badelj, Ivan Perišić, Ivan Rakitić, Marcelo Brozović, Mario Mandžukić


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