SAINT ETIENNE, Sporting Alert – Croatia named an unchanged side to face Czech Republic in the Group D match at Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, on Friday.
Flares Exploded During Croatian and Czech Republic
GOAL! CROATIA 2-2 CZECH REPUBLIC (Necid, 90+4 pen)
Tomas Necid, on as a second half substitute, smashes the ball into the roof of the net from the penalty spot and the Czech Republic eased a two-goal deficit to earn a point and stay in the race for knockout place at Euro 2016.
GOAL! CROATIA 2-1 CZECH REPUBLIC (Skoda, 76)
Tomas Rosicky puts a delightful cross with the outside of his right root right into the path of Milan Skoda and substitute leaped high over Vedran Corluka to head into the net. Game on again.
GOAL! CROATIA 2-0 CZECH REPUBLIC (Rakitic, 59)
Croatia has again been rewarded for pressing high on the Czech Republic backline, as Petr Cech’s poor decision to pass out of the back, resulted in his team losing the ball and it was an easy chipped finish for Ivan Rakitic for the Arsenal keeper’s head. Luka Modric has just left the pitch for Croatia, after picking up an injury on his leg and didn’t want to take any chances.
GOAL! CROATIA 1-0 CZECH REPUBLIC (Perisic, 37)
And it’s Croatia who strikes first, as after a few near misses, the group leader finally takes the lead in this game, with Ivan Perisic picking up a ball from Milan Badelj – drives forward into the box before firing it across Petr Cech and into the bottom corner. Croatia leads 2-1.
Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric, who scored a brilliant goal to win the game for Croatia against Turkey, will be hoping for much of the same on Friday.
Mario Mandzukic leads the attacking line again, while defender Vedran Corluka is fit to start, and plays alongside Darijo Srna, Domagoj Vida and Ivan Strinic in the backline.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic makes two changes from the side that was beaten by Spain in the opening game.
Theodor Gebre Selassie and Tomas Necid have been dropped and they make way for Jiri Skalak and David Lafata.
Ex-Arsenal attacker Tomas Rosicky, who only played one game for his club this past season, keeps his place in the starting lineup for this clash.
The veteran midfielder will start behind striker Lafata in the hold again, as the Czech Republic seeks to rebound from the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of the defending champions in the Spain the group opener.
Czech Republic Team: Petr Cech, Pavel Kaderabek, Roman Hubnik, Tomas Sivok, David Limbersky, Tomas Rosicky, Jaroslav Plasil, Ladislav Krejci, Jiri Skalak, Vladimir Darida, David Lafata.
Croatia Team: Danijel Subasic, Ivan Strinic, Ivan Perisic, Vedran Corluka, Ivan Rakitic, Darijo Srna, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Milan Badelj, Domagoj Vida, Mario Mandzukic.