Perisic Gem Saves Croatia as Czech Republic Inch Closer to Round of 16

Croatia and Czech Republic shared the spoils in their second Euro match. The latter moved closer to the qualification with their four-point haul up until this point. The Vatreni are not out yet but will need to win against Scotland to have some chances to advance.

Czech Republic had a more convincing first half, while Croatia looked stuck in the mud. Patrik Schick had a decent chance about 15 minutes into the game, but a defender thwarted his shot. Ante Rebic almost bagged a lucky goal as a clearance by Tomas Vlackik hit him in the face, but the ball went wide.

At 33rd minutes, Dejan Lovren inadvertently elbowed Schick in the face while trying to track the ball in the air on a corner kick. The referee awarded the PK, which the Bayer Leverkusen striker converted. Rebic had a juicy opportunity to tie right away but missed the mark from a good spot. Vaclik saved on an attempt by Andrej Kramaric before intermission.

Croatia managed to equalize just two minutes into the second half. Ivan Perisic got the ball wide on the left flank, cut inside, and slotted it home on the far post. However, the Vatreni did not manage to take over after the goal. Both sides were sloppy and tired as the game progressed, with limited lucidity to string together quality passes. Luka Modric and teammates tried to muster some offense in the final minutes, but they could not come with clear-cut chances. Czech star Schick currently leads the Euro in scoring with his three goals.