Dalic urges Croatia to take their chance

2021-06-22 11:36:07 1655

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic has called on his side to remain composed and do "everything" in their power to beat Scotland in their final group match at Euro 2020.

Croatia were runners-up at the World Cup in Russia only three years ago but now know they have to win their game with Scotland to stand a chance of progressing to the last 16.

If they prevail and England beat Czech Republic at Wembley, Croatia could secure second spot on goal difference while Scotland could finish runners-up in the section in the same way if they win and the Three Lions lose in London.

Ultimately, though, Croatia have so far failed to impress at the European Championship, having looked toothless in front of goal in their 1-0 defeat to England and failing to make the most of their opportunities in the 1-1 stalemate with the Czechs.

They will face a Tartan Army side full of confidence after they put in a strong performance to draw 0-0 with England last time out but Dalic does not want his side to "throw caution to the wind" at Hampden Park and has called for calmness from Croatia.

Speaking before the clash in Glasgow, Dalic said: "This is our last chance to qualify for the knockout stages and we have to do everything in our power to make it happen.

"Scotland have shown their quality against England but we have to head out to the pitch as favourites.

"We need to be patient and not throw caution to the wind and it doesn't matter how late we leave it as long as we win."