Follow all the action as Scotland host Croatia knowing only victory will secure their place in the Euro 2020 knockout stages.
Steve Clarke’s side performed valiantly to secure a point against England and keep their hopes of qualification alive, but their preparations for tonight’s crunch match were thrown into chaos after Billy Gilmour tested positive for Covid-19 following his man of the match display in the 0-0 draw at Wembley. However, unlike England’s Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount, no Scotland players have been required to self-isolate while Kieran Tierney is expected to start despite managing a calf injury. Clarke ditched the shackles against England with Che Adams enlivening Scotland’s attack, while Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong is set to replace Gilmour in midfield.
Croatia, meanwhile, have endured a disappointing campaign thus far, with their opening defeat against England followed by a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic. The 2018 World Cup finalists know victory tonight will still guarantee their place in the last 16, though, and they come into the fixture as slight favourites, owing to their terrific midfield pairing of Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, who Scotland will need to subdue in order to be successful. Follow all the action live below:
SCOTLAND VS CROATIA: LIAM COOPER BELIEVES TARTAN ARMY ‘BELONG’ ON BIG STAGE
“There was always going to be nerves but they soon go,” the Leeds centre-back said. “You realise the job at hand and you get on with it.
“The lads who played the other night proved themselves on the world stage, that we belong here.
“The nerves have gone and it’s all focus on Tuesday night.
“It’s a massive game, probably the biggest game Scotland has seen for a very long time, and it’s one we are all very excited about and looking forward to.”
SCOTLAND VS CROATIA: TEAM NEWS
Clarke is without Billy Gilmour and could opt for either Ryan Christie or David Turnbull to replace him.
Croatia are not said to have any injury issues heading into their final Group D encounter.
SCOTLAND VS CROATIA: PREDICTION
Scotland can make history by reaching the second round of a major tournament for the first time. But while Croatia are not the team they were three years ago, they still have more pedigree than the Scots at the European Championships and also need a win to qualify. 1-1.
SCOTLAND VS CROATIA: PREDICTED LINEUPS
CRO – Livaković; Vrsaljko, Lovren, Vida, Gvardiol; Modrić, Kovačić; Perišić, Kramarić, Brekalo; Rebić
SCO – Marshall; McTominay, Hanley, Tierney; O’Donnell, McGinn, Christie, McGregor, Robertson; Dykes, Adams
SCOTLAND VS CROATIA: ODDS
Croatia – 23/20
Draw – 11/4
Scotland – 2/1
SCOTLAND VS CROATIA: EURO 2020’S GROUP D GOES TO WIRE
Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage as Scotland take on Croatia at Hampden Park. Steve Clarke’s side know victory tonight in front of a raucous home crowd will secure their place in the last 16, however, they will have to make do without midfielder Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19 following his man of the match performance against England last Friday.
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