England Rejoice while Scotland’s Out
Is football better than Homer? Even the Greek poet’s famed, epic tales of the Trojan War struggle to compete with the lively, pulsating thrills of contests like the European Championship. Let’s take a look at this week’s matches-
England finish first, Scotland eliminated
A Raheem Sterling goal in the first half was enough for England to defeat the Czech Republic 1-0 and clinch Group D’s top spot after going unbeaten in the first stage of the 2020 European Championship.
Nikola Vlasic put Croatia ahead before Scotland levelled just before the break through Callum McGregor, yet a brilliant Luka Modric strike and an Ivan Perisic header rounded off a 3-1 victory which clinched Croatia’s qualification to the next round of the European Championship.
Vrsaljko drops to the bench for Croatia
Croatia make four changes to the line-up that drew with the Czech Republic. Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko is replaced by Josip Juranovic while Nikola Vlasic and Bruno Petkovic are handed their first starts of Euro 2020.
Armstrong replaces Gilmour
The big loss for Scotland is of course Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for COVID-19 after the England encounter, which rules him out of the crunch game. The Chelsea youngster is replaced by Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong.
Czech survive Schick scare
The big news for the Czech Republic is that star striker Patrik Schick is fit to start after picking up a knock in their last encounter against Croatia. England fans will also be wary of Tomas Soucek, who is a well-known threat from his displays for West Ham last season.