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Draw by Croatia and the Czech Republic at the European Football Championship


Patrik Schick was first hit hard in the head, then he converted the resulting penalty - despite a bleeding nose. Croatia came to the worth seeing compensation, but now absolutely needs a victory.

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Patrik Schick scored the Czech Republic's first three goals at this European Championship

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Vice world champions Croatia also failed to win their second game in the European Football Championship.

After the 0: 1 (0: 0) against England at the beginning, the Croatians separated 1: 1 (0: 1) from the Czech Republic.

Ivan Perisić equalized the lead with the converted penalty from Patrik Schick (37th minute of the game) shortly after the break (47th).

The Croatians are under pressure with only one point from two games and have to win their last game in Group D against Scotland to have a realistic chance of the round of 16.

The Czechs, on the other hand, have a good starting position with four points before the final duel with England.

In contrast to the opening defeat, the Croatians started with a more offensive basic orientation.

Josip Brekalo joined the team on the right wing, moving Andrej Kramarić from the side to the center, where he took turns as the front attacker with Ante Rebić.

The Czechs, however, set more offensive accents from the start.

Within the first five minutes there was a lot of excitement in the Croatian penalty area.

The first big chance was missed by Schick, who did not hit the ball correctly in the penalty area (18th).

Five minutes later, Ivan Perisić had a free run at the penalty spot, but hardly got any pressure behind the ball.

The lead for the still superior Czechs fell after a penalty kick.

Dejan Lovren had extended his elbow in a dogfight and hit Schick on the head (35th).

Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande decided on a penalty kick based on the video images.

The fouled competed himself, not allowing himself to be distracted by the long waiting time due to protesting Croatians and a bleeding nose (37th).

The Croatians came out of the break with two new players and a lot of anger in their stomach.

After less than two minutes, they equalized in a remarkable manner through Perisić.

The former Bayern player dribbled his way into the penalty area from the left and slipped the ball into the far corner (47th).

The equalizer was followed by a brief period of urgency from Croatia, but gradually the Czechs took control again.

Tomas Soucek missed a good chance to take the lead again (52nd).

Nikola Vlašić came relatively free to the end just eleven meters from the gate, but aimed over the gate (73rd).

The Croatians also had a top-class opportunity.

Bruno Petković's deflected shot went just wide of the goal (89th).


Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-06-22

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