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Euro 2020: England, Croatia Enter Last 16, Czech, Scotland Out Of Tournament

Euro 2020: England, Croatia Enter Last 16, Czech, Scotland O

Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling | Source: Marca

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England finished in first place in Euro 2020 Group D with a 1-0 win against the Czech Republic, while skipper Luka Modric's rocket propelled Croatia into the last 16 in their 3-1 victory over Scotland.

Already assured of playing in the last 16, England made certain that the knockout tie would be played in front of their own fans at Wembley thanks to Raheem Sterling's first-half winner against the Czechs.

England will face the second-placed team in Group F on 29 June, with France, Germany, Portugal or Hungary all potential opponents.

Elsewhere, UEFA refused a request by Munich city authorities to light the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for Germany's match against Hungary on Wednesday.

The Bavarian city had wanted to protest against Viktor Orban's right-wing government which has passed a law banning the "promotion" of homosexuality to minors.

But UEFA said it was "a politically and religiously neutral organisation" and blocked the proposal.

Munich has instead vowed to decorate other landmarks in rainbow colours.

Scottish Heartache

At Wembley, the Czechs also knew they were sure to advance before kick-off, but their first defeat of the tournament left them in third place.

Their next opponent will be decided when the final two groups conclude on Wednesday.

Croatia leapfrogged the Czechs into second place with a commanding second-half display in Glasgow featuring one of the goals of the tournament from Real Madrid midfielder Modric.

The 2018 World Cup runners-up will play the second-placed team in Group E -- which features Spain, Slovakia, Sweden or Poland -- in Copenhagen on Monday.

Scotland's first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup ended in heartache as they failed to meet their target of reaching the knockout stages of an international competition for the first time.

Having started Group D by narrowly beating Croatia 1-0 before being booed off after a drab 0-0 draw against Scotland, England produced a slightly more cohesive display against the Czechs.

There remains much for Southgate's men to work on, but England coped efficiently after a disrupted build-up that saw Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell forced into self-isolation after Scotland's coronavirus woes.

Southgate selected Jack Grealish to replace Mount and the Aston Villa midfielder provided a spark as his perfectly-flighted cross to the far post was headed in by Sterling in the 12th minute.

Solid England

Arsenal's 19-year-old winger Bukayo Saka, also given a surprise start by Southgate in place of Phil Foden, added pace and invention to the England attack.

But England couldn't find a killer second as Harry Kane's Euro goal drought extended to three games.

Kane was brilliantly denied by Tomas Vaclik's first-half save as he finally had his first shot on target in the tournament.

The Tottenham striker played the full 90 minutes for the first time in the tournament, but once again was a shadow of the player who finished as the Premier League's top scorer this season.

The Czechs could have snatched a draw that would have given them the top spot, but Tomas Soucek and Tomas Pekhart shot just wide.

Southgate will take heart from England's solid defence.

They have yet to concede a goal in the tournament, with Harry Maguire returning from ankle ligament damage to partner John Stones in central defence and shutting out the Czechs.

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Euro 2020 2020/2021 TABLE

Euro 2020
No Teams P Pts
1 Italy 3 9
2 Wales 3 4
3 Switzerland 3 4
4 Turkey 3 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Belgium 3 9
2 Denmark 3 3
3 Finland 3 3
4 Russia 3 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Netherlands 3 9
2 Austria 3 6
3 Ukraine 3 3
4 North Macedonia 3 0
No Teams P Pts
1 England 3 7
2 Croatia 3 4
3 Czech Republic 3 4
4 Scotland 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Sweden 3 7
2 Spain 3 5
3 Slovakia 3 3
4 Poland 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 France 3 5
2 Germany 3 4
3 Portugal 3 4
4 Hungary 3 2
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