Crowd Trouble Mars Czech Comeback Draw With Croatia

Crowd Trouble Mars Czech Comeback Draw With Croatia 

Flares were thrown onto the pitch by unruly fans as Czech Republic fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Croatia in their second group game of the ongoing European Championship at the Stade Geoffroy Guichard on Friday.

Tomas Necid's stoppage time penalty earned Czech Republic their first point in the tournament after Vida flung his arm in the air from a cross into the box.


Milan Skoda's powerful header had handed the Czech a lifeline going with 14 minutes left to play.

The header was the first scored by a Czech player at the Euros since Jan Koller scored one against Turkey in 2008.

Zenith Ziva

Goals in each half from Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic had given Croatia a 2-0 lead before the stunning comeback from the Czechs.

The Inter Milan winger dashed down the left flank and created a yard of space for himself inside before firing in an angled shot past Petr Cech in goal for the opener in the 37th minute.

Rakitic, arguably Croatia’s best player on the pitch, squandered a chance to double his side lead in the first half when his low drive shot at goal was saved by Cech with his legs.

In the second half the Barcelona midfielder made up for his earlier miss when he doubled Croatia's lead with a delicate chip over Petr Cech.

It was his scored third goal in his last five appearances for Croatia having failed to score in his previous 26 national team matches.

The game had to be held up for a few minutes when Croatia fans threw flares on the pitch and threatened to invade the playing surface from the stands.

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