October 15, 2021

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Euro: Modric’s flash qualifies for Croatia

Euro: Modric's flash qualifies for Croatia

With the genius from Luka Modric, Croatia touched Scotland on Tuesday (3-1) and snatched the ticket for the Euro knockout stages in the England-dominated Group D, with the result of the first stage pending on Wednesday Portugal-France.

See its purpose in the video above.

The European Tournament, which kicks off on June 11, has been plagued by controversy and a group dispute, with the UEFA refusing to display the LGBT community’s rainbow colors at the Munich Stadium on Wednesday or the World Health Organization (WHO)’s concerns linked to an increase in Kovid-19 cases.

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On the pitch, the twelfth team, Croatia, qualified for the round of 16 on Tuesday, with four tickets to be allocated on Wednesday in the final Group Day, defending champions (already qualified) over Portugal and France, but also Germany and Spain.

In Glasgow on Tuesday night, the Croatians trembled for a long time when they were captured by Scotland, which resulted in their elimination from the tournament, with Callum McGregor (42nd, 1-1) and Modric’s light strike (62nd, 2-1) giving the runners-up the lead again.

The 2018 Ballon d’Or sent the ball into the skylight, delivering the ball to Skylight, from outside the realm that pleased Real Madrid, until then abused by the Scots, touching on the dream of crossing a big first round for the first time.

With two more goals scored by Nicola Vlasic (17th) and Ivan Perisic (77th), here the Croats (4 points) qualified by keeping a close eye on their goal difference, allowing them to finish second and play in Copenhagen at eighth next Monday. The second from Group E, will be decided on Wednesday evening.

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Rainbow controversy

In a duel between two teams that have already qualified, first place in Pool D goes to England (7 points), at least with a win over the Czech Republic (1-0), with a new goal from Rahim Sterling, already the lone scorer against Croatia (1-0). . Check (4 points) complete them in the best third and also see the eighth.

It was not a risky performance that the English were waiting for to reassure themselves, but at least they ended the first round undefeated, without scoring a single goal. Result: The “Three Lions” play their toughest Group F on their eighth Sunday, with the advantage of still playing at Wembley, the Euro’s reference stadium, at Wembley.

On Tuesday, it was another campus, the Allianz-Arena in Munich, which caused controversy.

The UEFA refused to allow the city of Munich to light its stadium on Wednesday in the rainbow colors of the LGBT community for Germany-Hungary, in protest of a law that was recently considered discriminatory in Hungary.

The UEFA, a “politically and religiously neutral body”, defended the veto with “the political context of this request, the message aimed at the decision of the Hungarian National Parliament.”

While France “regrets” this choice, Hungary hails it as a “good decision” while Munich officials express their outrage.

WHO worries

Prior to the match, organizers of the Munich Pride March, an affiliate of Amnesty International, planned to distribute 11,000 rainbow flags to spectators (only 14,000 seats will be occupied due to restrictions on Kovid-19).

The atmosphere is tense with some Hungarian supporters. The “Carpathian Brigade”, an ultras group recognizable by their black T-shirts, plans to land “thousands” in Munich, according to its Facebook page.

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Kovid-19, facing a surge of delta variant for the tournament, especially in the United Kingdom, which is even more contagious.

In London, the semi-finals (July 6-7) and final (July 11), Wembley Stadium case led to controversy: the UEFA demanded from British authorities to relax health traffic restrictions for 2,500 VIPs, and planned to change the relevant meetings.

However the case was settled on Tuesday: British officials said they would allow 60,000 spectators at Wembley for the semi-finals and final.

Still, the health situation in Europe is still fragile: the WHO on Tuesday expressed concern about the easing of sanctions in some host countries in the euro, calling for faster reactions following an increase in cases.