On Tuesday, June 22, the match of the 3rd round of Euro 2020 will occur, in which the national teams of Croatia and Scotland will meet. The teams will meet in Glasgow at Hampden Park, with a capacity of 52,063 people. The opponents will be judged by the Argentine referee Fernando Rapalini. Croatia and Scotland are members of Group D, which also includes England and the Czech Republic.
The Croatian national team is not holding Euro 2020 in the best way. In the tournament’s first match, the “chequered” lost to England with a minimum score. In the second match, the Croats drew with the Czech Republic – 1:1. Zlatko Dedic’s team for two rounds scored only 1 point at the European Championship and now occupies 3rd place in Group D. Ahead are England and the Czech Republic, who have 4 points each. Croatia has a negative balance of goals scored and conceded (1–2). Given this, the “checkered” to reach the playoffs need to beat Scotland with a big score and hope that England not only loses to the Czech Republic but also does not score. With a draw, the Croats will remain in 3rd place in the group, which gives the theoretical right to enter the playoffs, but, again, Dalic’s team has an inferior goal difference, which is a problem.
The Scottish national team has already completed the minimum task: it reached Euro 2020 and drew with England (0: 0). Before that, the “tartan army” lost to the Czech Republic with a score of 0:2. The Scots scored one point and occupied the last, 4th place in Group D with a goal difference of 0–2. The chances of the playoffs for the team of Steve Clark, frankly, are minimal. To get any hope of getting out of the group, Scotland need not beat Croatia but defeat them. For a team that has not scored a single goal in 2 matches, this is challenging. In addition, the Scots will fight the Croats without one of the team’s best players – Billy Gilmore, who passed a positive test for coronavirus.
The national teams of Croatia and Scotland have met each other five times. On account of the Scots 2 wins, three more times the teams played in a draw. Croatia has never beaten Scotland, either in official or friendly matches. The last time these teams met in the selection process for the 2014 World Cup. The Scots then won both games against the Croats – 1:0 and 2:0. Scotland is historically an inconvenient opponent for Croatia, although both teams do not perform well at Euro 2020.
Bookmakers consider Croatia a slight favourite of this confrontation. This is logical, given that the Croats are vice-world champions. They demand more, and the “checkered” themselves understand this. It is unlikely that the Scots will be strongly criticized if they take the last place in the group and do not score a single goal. Croatia is another matter. This team contains stars of continental scale, so it is essential for the” checkered ” team to perform confidently in the last match of the group stage. Given this, there is reason to believe that the wards of Dalic will try to take control of the game and hit the opponents ’ goal as early as possible.