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England vs Croatia Euro LIVE Football Score 13 June 2021

England vs Croatia Euro LIVE Football Score 13 June 2021

 

Croatia’s Bruno Petkovic has declared his ambition to recreate his “most beautiful” moment this Sunday – by inflicting fresh misery on England’s Harry Kane.

Petkovic featured in the Dinamo Zagreb frontline that secured a 3-0 second leg victory that dumped Kane’s Tottenham out of the Europa League in March.

A season low-point for Spurs marked the beginning of the end for Jose Mourinho and left Kane planning his future away from the club.

Now Petkovic is hopeful that Dinamo’s stunning win can inspire a carbon copy during Croatia’s opening Euro 2020 Group D clash at Wembley on Sunday.

“I’d love to get one over Harry again, it’d be great if we could pull it off at national team level too,” said the 26-year-old striker, who rated the match in March as “the most beautiful” of his career.

Kane, the England captain, missed a string of chances in that game, and Petkovic, speaking in Croatia’s coastal training base of Rovinj, added: “I have very fond memories of that night as it was one of the brightest moments of my club career.”

Petkovic has big boots to fill after Mario Mandzukic retired from international football following Croatia’s runners-up finish in the 2018 World Cup. Criticised by domestic pundits for a series of goal-shy appearances, Petkovic says he is unfazed. “I’ve had a barren run but I believe that I am capable of playing well at Euro 2020,” he added.

“A responsibility rests on my shoulders, of course, but turning that into relentless pressure or stage fright will do no good. We are aware of England’s roster and that every player on their team has a worthy substitute as they all play at top European clubs… we are not focusing on any individual in particular as England have a squad full of outstanding players, but we’re also confident in our own ability.”

Match facts

Head-to-head

  • This is the third meeting between England and Croatia at a major tournament (World Cup, Euros). The Three Lions beat Croatia 4-2 in the group stages at Euro 2004, while Croatia won 2-1 after extra-time in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

England

  • England are taking part in their 10th European Championship – no team has played as many games in the tournament without ever reaching the final (31 matches, 0 final).
  • The Three Lions have never lost at Wembley in a major tournament (World Cup 1966, Euro 1996), winning seven and drawing four of their previous 11 games (penalty shoot-outs excluded).
  • England have never won their opening game at a European Championship (D5 L4).
  • Boss Gareth Southgate will be leading England for a second major tournament (excluding Nations League) after World Cup 2018 (4th place). At Euro 1996, he was one of only three England players to play all 510 minutes, alongside David Seaman and Tony Adams – he missed a penalty in the semi-final shootout against Germany.

Croatia

  • Croatia are taking part in their sixth European Championship, and their fifth in a row.
  • Penalty shootouts excluded, Croatia have lost only two of their past 11 European Championship games, both 1-0 defeats (against Spain in 2012 and Portugal in 2016).
  • Ivan Perisic has been directly involved in more goals than any other player for Croatia in major tournament history (7 goals and 4 assists in World Cup/Euros – excluding Nations League).
  • Boss Zlatko Dalic – in charge since October 2017 – is only the second manager to lead Croatia at two consecutive major tournaments (World Cup & Euros), after Miroslav Blazevic (Euro 1996, World Cup 1998).

 

 

 

 

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