After appearing ineffectively in Croatia’s first two matches at Euro 2020, it seemed that Luka Modric no longer had the decisive mark, but the midfielder clearly showed that this level was temporary and that he had a lot of potential and helped his country in perfect timing.
The 35-year-old captain of Croatia led his country at Hampden Park on Tuesday in a strong confrontation against Scotland for the appearance in the round of 16.
After a regular season with Real Madrid, the 2018 World Cup player of the year failed to make his mark in his country’s 1-0 loss to England, and he did not do much either against the Czech Republic on Friday.
But as the minutes passed and the Scottish players felt a little tired; Modric used all his experience and capabilities to slowly begin to take control of the rhythm of the match, and showed his talent at the perfect timing.
During the 3-1 victory, Croatia advanced to second place in Group D; Modric acted as conductor and completed more passes than any other player on the field, and more than twice as many passes as any player in
Interestingly, Modric had 22 passes more than any other player in the opponent’s midfield, and when the match needed an impressive shot during the 1-1 draw, the veteran player successfully took over the task.
The goal gave Croatia the boost needed to qualify, while it hit Scotland with an impressive blow.
With Croatia controlling the ball at the edge of the area in the 62nd minute, the ball reached Modric, who used everything he had to launch a massive shot at the outside of the foot to land in the net.
“It’s a pleasure to watch him,” said Scotland striker Allie McCoist.
And that was not all, as another veteran player, his colleague Ivan Perisic, took an elaborate corner kick to settle the confrontation with Croatia.
The captain and midfielder may no longer be able to run all the time against rival teams or shine in every game, but when the team needs him, he shows he can still make the difference.