History was waiting for Steve Clarke and his team with the national side never having passed the opening stage of a major mens’ tournament before – and it all came down to 90 minutes on the southside of Glasgow.
Friday night’s draw with England at Wembley was big – but this had even more at stake.
It hadn’t been easy after a rocky opening to the European Championships and a home defeat to the Czech Republic. The England result was a boost but then Billy Gilmour’s covid test result after some midfield heroics in the Auld Enemy clash threw a second spanner in the works for Steve Clarke, who already had to cope without another ex-Rangers youth John Fleck for the same reasons at the pre-tournament training camp in Spain.
But it all came down to Hampden and Croatia and The Scotsman was be in the ground bringing you all the action and reaction from Hampden and all the pre-match build-up – and with a match of such magnitude… there was plenty of that.
Follow the live blog below for real-time as it happened match action and reaction.
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Scotland v Croatia: RECAP
Last updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2021, 18:46
- CROATIA 3 (Vlasic 16, Modric 61, Perisic 77) SCOTLAND 1 (McGregor 41) - ht 1-1
- 🇭🇷 Croatia finish second and progress to the knock-out stages
- 🏴 Scotland eliminated from Group D
- 🏴: Marshall, McTominay, Hanley (McKenna 31), Tierney, O’Donnell (Patterson 83), Robertson, Armstrong (Fraser 68) , McGregor, McGinn, Adams (Nisbet 83), Dykes.
Hello from a very sunny southside of Glasgow.
Scotland are on the precipice of history with a win over Croatia in a few hours’ time enough to send the national team through to the second round of a major mens’ competition for the first time - EVER!
We’ll bring you all the build-up before the match and then updates as the action gets underway at Hampden. Post-match will be the usual analysis and insight - and hopefully celebrations from the evening’s football.
We’ve been here before
Scotland on the final day of a group stage with it all to play for isn’t an unusual occurence (when we’ve qualified).
Here’s a look back at the final day drama of past campaigns - and thanjfully goal difference doesn’t come into the reckoning toning.
A win is all that’s required.
Scotland are on the verge of history – if they can defeat Croatia in their final Euro 2020 group fixture. But this isn’t the first time it’s all boiled down to the last kick at a major championships.
⏰ The best of times....
Kick-off is at 8pm, but it’s also worth noting the time of the teamsheets’ arrival.
Last Monday’s announcement caused shock with Kieran Tierney missing, and then Friday’s line-ups included Billy Gilmour which again made headlines.
Will there be big news to come this evening?
⏰ The time to set your watch for is 6.45pm - the line-ups are finalised approximately 75 minutes before kick-off... though Steve Clarke has previously admitted he tells his team who’s playing on the morning of the match.
Croatia, the World Cup finalists from 2018, warmed up for tonight’s match with a Glasgow training session at Partick Thistle’s Firhill Stadium last night.
Here’s what some of the clubs around the country have said ahead of the match
🚨THREE HOUR WARNING!🚨
🚨This is your three hour warning. 🚨
It’s the final 180 minutes until kick-off!
The latest tournament dispatches from Alan Pattullo
Alan Pattullo's Euro 2020 diary: Who is Scotland's youngest ever internationalist? Clue - it's not Billy Gilmour
It was nice to return for a hopefully brief stopover at home while covering Scotland at Euro 2020 and find a copy of a much-anticipated book waiting on the doorstep.
Hampden in the sun
Told you earlier it’s a cracking day in Glasgow...
...and Hampden is looking sensational
John Fleck got through it in our camp a couple of weeks ago without having any symptoms. So let’s hope Billy stays that way as well.
We’re all just really gutted for Billy, first and foremost. He’s just announced himself on the world stage with a great performance at Wembley – and now this happens.
But that’s the world we’re living in at the moment, the world we’ve all had to adjust to.
Our love goes out to him and we’re all hoping he makes a speedy recovery. We’ll be doing whatever we can to lift his spirits.
There’s a chance - a slim one, but a chance - second place in Group D might end up coming down to disciplinary records...
Here’s how it could happen - and how things stand at the moment.
Scotland only need a win against Croatia to qualify for the next round of Euro 2020 – but how they finish and where they go in the next round could come down to an unusual qualification quirk, if a particular set of results fall into place during the final matches of Group D.
🚨 TWO HOUR WARNING 🚨
Not long now....
Kick off at 8pm
Euro 2020 video preview
Specialist football editor Mark Atkinson was joined by Alan Pattullo, Joel Sked and Barry Anderson to preview tonight’s game
Hugh Keevins, Clyde One
With home advantage, we have the beating of them.
Neil McCann, BBC Scotland
I fancy Dykes and Adams to really perform tonight. We can go wide and if we get those boys service, I think we’ll score.
Is this it?
Could this be the line-up that Steve Clarke selects without Billy Gilmour?
He’d have started, but a change has to be made...
Selection issues are coming thick and fast for Steve Clarke in these European Championships after Kieran Tierney’s ‘niggle’ now he has Billy Gilmour’s covid case to deal with.