England, Croatia and the Czech Republic qualify for Euro 2020 qualifiers from Group D.
After a 23-year wait to appear at a major football tournament, the Euro 2020 experience in Scotland lasted just eight days.
A 3-1 defeat against Croatia on Tuesday ended Scotland’s hopes of advancing to the knockout stages.
The Tartan Army will happily remember to frustrate England in a 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday during their return to the international football center.
But a masterclass from Croatian Luka Modric sent Steve Clarke’s men to pack from the tournament.
“They were incredible tonight, especially Modric,” defender Kieran Tierney said. “I think his performance has been incredible.”
With both sides needing a win to secure their place in the elimination stages after taking just one point from their two-game opening streak, Croatia’s biggest experience in controlling their nerves in the 90s minutes was revealing.
After conceding quickly to Nikola Vlasic, Scotland resumed with their first goal of the tournament through Callum McGregor to go level with the half hour mark.
But their energy reserves were drained in the second half when Croatia held the ball and finally ended the Scottish resistance in fury.
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Three years ago, most of Scotland were happy when Croatia beat England to reach the 2018 World Cup final.
On Tuesday, Three Lions fans took their revenge as they celebrated Scotland’s exit as they watched their team beat the Czech Republic 1-0 at Wembley to secure Group D first place.
Raheem Sterling scored the winning goal with a header in the 12th minute at Wembley Stadium in London.
In the 86th minute, Jordan Henderson found the net for the English team, but after a video assistant referee (VAR) check, he was ruled out.
Despite the loss to England, the Czech Republic qualified for the last 16 as one of the top third places.