Srna played for Croatia for 90 minutes

Friday, June 17, 2016



On June 17, in the UEFA Euro 2016 return leg, Croatia national team played the Czech Republic. The Pitmen’s captain Darijo Srna appeared in the starting line-up and played for 90 minutes

The Blazers had the territorial advantage from the off, being active offensively. Srna and Rakitic delivered the ball into the opposing box quite regularly, where Mandzukic picked it up, but Petr Cech operated confidently preventing the attempts to approach his goal since a well-targeted shot was never delivered. The Czech Republic team revived closer to the half-time break, but the Croats cleverly used the open spaces available. On 37 minutes, a solo slaloming run by Perisic resulted in the precision shot by Ivan to make it 1-0.

After the break, the Czechs had the courage to somewhat press the opponents towards the latter’s penalty area, but as it turned out later, the charges of Ante Cacic feel quite comfortable counterattacking. On 57 minutes, Srna coolly intercepted the ball and fed Brozovic, who finely crossed it to Rakitic to bring the latter one-on-one with Petr Cech: Barcelona midfielder flicked the ball home to extend the lead to 2-0 for his side. However, the Czech Republic team were not going to give up at all. Suspense in the encounter resumed on 76 minutes: Skoda won an aerial challenge against Corluka following a Rosicky delivery and sent a powerful header into the back of the Croatian net. The match outcome was unexpected. In injury time, Vida had a hand ball in his own penalty area, with the referee pointing to the spot. Necid stepped up to take the shot and was successful. 2-2 – the Croats missed the win.

This is a reminder that in their first leg, the Blazers defeated Turkey 1-0. And in the final subgroup game on June 21, Darijo Srna's team are to play Spain.

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