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LIVE: Croatia vs Scotland

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14′ O’Donnell has a run down the right flank and he hammers a cross towards the near post that Livakovic gathers.

12′ UPDATE: England have taken the lead against Czech Republic, which is good news for the two sides in this contest in their bid to finish second.

10′ WIDE! Dykes nods the ball down to Adams and he lines up a strike on his right foot 25 yards from goal. He connects well with his effort, but it travels wide of the right post.

8′ It has been a frenetic start to the contest from Scotland and the home fans inside Hampden Park are backing their side to the hilt.

6′ SAVE! Livakovic make a fine save at the back post to deny McGinn. The midfielder cuts back on to his right foot on the left flank and curls a delivery to the back post. It evades the foot of Adams, but looks to heading in anyway. Livakovic has to act to push it past the right post.

4′ Perisic lifts a cross into the box from the right for Petkovic to attack, but the forward is offside in the Scotland box.

2′ Livakovic comes through a crowd of players to Bioreports News Robertson’s corner away from danger. Dykes tries to leap ahead of the keeper, but just cannot make contact with a header.

1′ O’Donnell makes a raid down the right flank and wins Scotland a corner from their first attack.

1′ We’re under way at Hampden Park.

Croatia have never beaten Scotland in their five previous meetings (D3 L2). In fact, France (8 games) and Portugal (7) are the only teams the Croats have faced on more occasions without ever securing a victory.

Steve Clarke has made just one change to his side that drew against England. It’s enforced as Gilmour’s Covid-19 diagnosis sees Armstrong come into the side to replace the Chelsea man in the middle of the park. Clarke keeps faith with Dykes and Adams in the final third, despite their inefficient outings against England.

Dalic has made four changes to his side that drew against Czech Republic last time out. Juranovic comes into the backline to replace Vrsaljko. Kramaric, Brekalo and Rebic all make way from the final third as Brozovic, Vlasic and Petkovic all start this evening.

SCOTLAND SUBS: Ryan Christie, Craig Gordon, John Fleck, Declan Gallagher, Liam Cooper, David Turnbull, Kevin Nisbet, Ryan Fraser, Jon McLaughlin, Nathan Patterson, James Forrest, Scott McKenna.

SCOTLAND (3-4-3): David Marshall; Scott McTominay, Grant Hanley, Kieran Tierney; Stephen O’Donnell, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor, Andrew Robertson; John McGinn, Lyndon Dykes, Che Adams.

CROATIA SUBS: Sime Vrsaljko, Borna Barisic, Duje Caleta-Car, Josip Brekalo, Andrej Kramaric, Lovre Kalinic, Ante Budimir, Mario Pasalic, Ante Rebic, Milan Badelj, Simon Sluga, Luka Ivanusec.

CROATIA (4-2-3-1): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Domagoj Vida, Josko Gvardiol; Mateo Kovacic, Marcelo Brozovic; Ivan Perisic, Luka Modric, Nikola Vlasic; Bruno Petkovic.

Scotland’s preparations have been rocked by Billy Gilmour’s positive Covid-19 test. The Chelsea midfielder has been ruled out of the contest, but fortunately is okay and no other member of the team has contracted the virus or has been forced to isolate. Scotland need a victory to advance to the round of 16, and will be buoyed by their performance against England last time out. However, they have yet to score in the competition and need to discover a clinical edge tonight to avoid a premature exit.

Croatia are in a straight shootout with Scotland for the final qualification spot in Group D, although even a point might not be enough for the two sides. A win for Croatia would send them through to the next round and they can still overhaul Czech Republic for second spot should they lose their contest to England. Zlatko Dalic’s men have been underwhelming to date, losing against England and drawing against the Czechs last time out. An improvement is required tonight to send them through to the last 16.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Euro 2020 Group D clash between Croatia and Scotland at Hampden Park.

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