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What a strange ending that was to a game that seemed to be comfortably wrapped up by Croatia at 2-0. Croatia had dominated but then Modric came off with what looked like a slight thigh twinge, the Czechs got into the game, scored twice, intersected by a stoppage for Croatian fans throwing flares onto the field and then fighting among themselves. The game finished ten minutes after the scheduled end, and the points shared.


RESULT: Czech Republic 2-2 Croatia


Croatia boot the ball away but the Czechs have the force with them now. That penalty, by the way, was given away by Vida, who had an arm in the air when there was absolutely no need.


What a turn of events. Croatia, cruising and confident at 2-0, see Modric go off with a a slight strain, then play is stopped as their fans throw flares and scuffle, and then the Czechs score twice. And now the Czechs have their first corner of the game. And now their second.


We've had five minutes of injury time and yet we have not had a board telling us how much injury time is to be played.


GOAL! Czech Republic 2-2 Croatia (Necid, penalty)


And now Croatia have given away a penalty! Handball...


Play has restarted. The clock says 90 minutes but we are going to get a lot of injury time here. A lot.


Croatia could find themselves in trouble here. There's a loud bang from a flare/cracker thrown onto the pitch. The stewards trying to deal with the flares look uncomfortable. Clattenburg has led the players to the half-way line. And now there's some scuffling in the Croatian end. The referee is talking to Uefa officals.


Lovely long pass by Strinic for Peresic to run onto. His low cross is bundled out for another corner but nothing comes from the set piece again. The Czechs send on striker Necid for Plasil. Close to the last chance saloon. Five minutes to go. And now we have a flare on the pitch.


The shot count is currently 15-5 to Croatia. But the score is still only 2-1. Croatia now have another corner (9-0).


Rosicky orchestrates a Czech attack but then Croatia break through the oddly-hatted Corluka, who runs the length of the field with the ball only to run out of room at the other end. Goal kick. Great run though.


But a beautiful break by Croatia ends with a Brozovic shot taking a slight deflection for a corner. The corner is dealt with easily by Cech and company.


Twelve minutes to go and the Czech Republic have a sniff here. Should add that that was another substitution proving successful almost immediately. The Czechs are storming forward and the Croats anxious. Modric's departure has certainly altered the balance.


Rosicky runs and chips the ball into the area and Skoda rises high and heads into the corner. Now we have a game...


GOAL! Czech Republic 1-2 Croatia (Skoda)


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Madzukic is down receiving treatment after a bang on the head. Clatternburg ushers him off. he will be back shortly. Some substitutions have been made: Kovacicat on for Modric for Croatia; while the Czechs have made two changes: Sural and Skoda on for Skalak and Lafata.


Mandzukic almost makes it 3. Should have made it 3. But skies his shot from 12 yards as a Czech tackle sends the ball spinning into his path.


Almost half an hour left still to play and yet it is hard to see the Czechs coming back from here. Their tournament would almost certainly – but not definitely – be over with a defeat. They would need to beat Turkey in the final game and hope they had one of the better third-placed tallies.


But worryingly for Croatia, Modric is coming off with what looks like a muscle twinge in the thigh area.


Woeful, sloppy defending gives the ball away and a simple pass to Rakitic sees the Barcelona star skip away and flick the ball over Cech. 2-0.


GOAL! Czech Republic 0-2 Croatia (Rakitic)