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Euro 2020: Czech Hold Croatia To Strengthen Knockout Qualification Hopes 

Euro 2020: Czech Hold Croatia To Strengthen Knockout Qualification Hopes 

Czech Republic strengthened their round of 16 qualification chances at the Euros after holding Croatia to a 1-1 in Group D.

Croatia needed to respond after losing their first game to England 1-0 while Czech defeated Scotland 2-0.

Patrik Schick got his third goal of the tournament after firing home from the penalty spot on 37 minutes but it came after the first real moment of VAR controversy at the tournament.

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Returning centre-back Dejan Lovren was penalised for catching Schick in the face as the pair jumped during a Czech Republic corner. 

VAR intervened and after a check of the pitchside monitor, referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande awarded the penalty.

But Croatia hit back almost immediately after half-time after a wonderful solo effort from Ivan Perisic. 

Both sides had chances as the half wore on, with Nikola Vlasic missing the best chance to win it when he skied an effort across the face of goal.

The point apiece means qualification from Group D remains wide open, with much resting on England vs Scotland later on Friday.

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