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“I don’t know what to say, sometimes soccer is cruel.”

“I don’t know what to say, sometimes soccer is cruel.”

Luka Modric’s (39, Real Madrid) last dance ended in tears.

Croatia drew 1-1 with Italy in their final UEFA Euro 2024 Group B match at the Leipzig Stadium in Leipzig, Germany, on Friday (June 25).

The result leaves Croatia with two draws, one loss, and two points. They finished third in the group. The tournament also qualifies the top four teams from the six nations in the group, but two points is not enough to advance to the round of 16.

Italy, on the other hand, survived the ‘Group of Death’ with a dramatic equalizer just before the end. With one win, one draw, and one loss, they finished second in the group with four points. 카지노사이트 Spain (9 points), who have won all three of their matches, are in first place, while Albania (1 point), who have drawn one and lost two, are in last place.

The two goals came in the second half.

Croatia had the first chance. In the seventh minute of the second half, Andrej Kramaric’s shot from inside the box hit Davide Pratesi in the hand. After video review, the referee awarded a penalty kick. However, Modric stepped up to take the spot kick and was completely read by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Modric opened the scoring in atonement just a minute later. In the 10th minute of the second half, Ante Budimir’s shot from in front of goal was saved by Donnarumma, but Modric stayed focused and pounced on the loose ball to finish with precision. He found the back of the net at the age of 38 years and 289 days, 파워볼게임 making him the oldest goal scorer in Euro history.

Eight minutes into the final period of stoppage time. Italy pulled off a miracle. With less than a minute left in regulation, Riccardo Calafiori drove the ball to the near arc and passed to the left. Mattia Chacani received it and scored a theatrical goal with a precise right-footed curling kick into the corner of the net.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The teams heading into the round of 16 switched from Croatia to Italy in an instant. The Italian players celebrated, while the Croatian players collapsed on the pitch in tears. Even Modric had a look of disbelief on his face.

The official player of the match (POTM) award went to Modric. The UEFA Technical Observer Panel said: “Modric became the oldest player to score a goal at the Euros. He completed 14 passes in the final third and had a great overall performance,” said the UEFA Technical Observer Panel.

Croatian journalist Elvir Islamovic added: “If I could choose a player to create a crucial moment against Italy and secure a spot in the last 16, it would be Modric, without a doubt. The Croatia captain, the greatest player of all time, deserved his moment. But a late equalizer just denied him the spotlight,” he said.

“I don’t know what to say, sometimes soccer is cruel,” said Modric, who was awarded POTM with nothing but hurt feelings.

“We didn’t deserve that goal,” he said, “We didn’t doubt the fans. They didn’t doubt our fans. We knew they were always with us. I’m sorry that we didn’t get the win to advance to the next round,” he shook his head.

Croatia’s shock was compounded by the fact that they had also conceded an equalizer in five minutes of extra time against Albania. Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said: “The last minute against Albania and the last minute today, 실시간 바카라사이트 I can only congratulate them for the fight, will and sacrifice they showed. But this tournament is not our tournament. We missed two penalties and conceded two goals in extra time. It was in our hands,” he said, adding, “I thank the fans for their support and I apologize. That’s the most disappointing thing,” he apologized.

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