More

    Euro 2020 data dive: Goal-shy England make history, Scotland unable to end wretched tournament recor

    England, Croatia and the Czech Republic are all heading into the last 16 of Euro 2020 following their respective results on Tuesday, but it was an unhappy evening for Scotland.

    Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions did what was required to secure top spot, knowing that anything other than a victory would have seen the Czech Republic go through as Group D winners.

    At Hampden Park it was a straight shootout between Croatia and Scotland, with the victors prolonging their tournament or both departing early in the event of a draw.

    Using Opta data, Stats Perform reviews the best facts from Group D’s conclusion.

    Czech Republic 0-1 England: Three Lions in historic progression despite struggles in front of goal

    Much was made of England’s toothless showing in the 0-0 draw with Scotland, with Harry Kane bearing the brunt of the criticism.

    NFL Betting

    They were a little more effective against the Czechs as they at least managed to find the net once, and that was all they needed to reach the knockout stages of the Euros for their fourth consecutive tournament participation (2004, 2012 and 2016).

    While Southgate’s side played some vibrant football at times, there is still reason for concern in attack – they are the lowest-scoring Euros group winners in the competition’s history (two goals).

    They failed to attempt a single shot at goal in the second half of a match for the first time since October 2018, with their latest effort falling to Kane in the 26th minute.

    Nevertheless, Jack Grealish seemed to justify his selection as he provided the assist for Raheem Sterling’s crucial first-half header – the Aston Villa man has set up more goals for England (three) since his debut last September than any other player despite only featuring in nine of their 15 matches in that time.

    There seems a strong possibility Grealish has earned his place in the team for the next game, and the same could be said for Sterling, who has now been involved in 20 goals (14 goals, six assists) in his past 19 games for England – he has ended up on the winning side in all 12 matches when finding the net for the national team.

    Croatia 3-1 Scotland: Clarke’s men cannot buck the trend

    Scotland were buoyed by their 0-0 draw with England in the previous game, but against Croatia it was a similar story to their Euro 2020 opener against the Czech Republic.

    Although Callum McGregor became Scotland’s first Euros scorer since June 1996 with his equaliser late in the first half, Croatia’s quality shone through in the second period.

    Luka Modric put the visitors in front with a gorgeous outside-of-the-boot effort to become Croatia’s oldest ever Euros goalscorer (35 years, 286 days) – he also still holds the record for their youngest scorer in the tournament (22y, 73d in 2008).

    Ivan Perisic then made sure of the victory towards the end, glancing in a Modric corner to go level with Davor Suker as Croatia’s all-time leading scorer at major tournament with nine goals.

    It was Croatia’s first ever win over Scotland in six meetings and consigned the Scots to successive defeats at Hampden Park for the first time since September 2019.

    Scotland have now been eliminated at the group stages in all 11 of their appearances at major tournaments.

    Source link news

    Related articles

    Comments

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Betting on Soccer

    Share article

    Latest articles

    Depay excitement mounts as Barca’s new signing makes it two in two

    By Conor Laird Published: July 31, 2021 7:17 pm Last Updated: July 31, 2021 7:22 pm   The Barcelona faithful were treated to a wonderful pre-season goal...

    Pundit says Tottenham won’t re-sign Bale as Ancelotti wants him

    2 minute read 31/7/2021 | 07:00pm ...

    Report: Atlanta United eyeing ex-Roma manager Paulo Fonseca as head coach

    Atlanta United are in advanced talks with Paulo Fonseca that have reached the ownership level and a tour of the team’s training...

    It will be great to see fans return- Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed his eagerness to see fans return to the stadium for the new league campaign. Since COVID-19 struck, fans have...
    Betting on Soccer

    Newsletter

    Subscribe to stay updated.