Euro 2016: Late Czech Republic swell binds Croatia to pull in thespian flare-hit match

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Saint-Étienne: A 94th-minute chastisement discovered a indicate for a Czech Republic in their thespian 2-2 pull with Croatia as flares thrown onto a representation injured Friday’s Euro 2016 match.

With Croatia 2-1 adult and with one feet in a final 16, arbitrate Mark Clattenberg fast halted play late in a diversion when flares thrown by Croatian fans landed on a representation in Saint-Etienne.

When a compare resumed, Croatia defender Domagoj Vida was penalised for sport and Tomas Necid drilled home a ensuing penalty, low in combined time, to explain their initial indicate in Group D.

Czech Republic's Tomas Necid celebrates with teammates after scoring second idea opposite Croatia. ReutersCzech Republic's Tomas Necid celebrates with teammates after scoring second idea opposite Croatia. Reuters

Czech Republic’s Tomas Necid celebrates with teammates after scoring second idea opposite Croatia. Reuters

European football’s ruling physique UEFA are staid to levy serve sanctions on a Croatian Football Federation for a throng trouble.

Croatia were nude of one indicate in qualifying, forced to play dual home matches behind sealed doors and fined 100,000 euros ($112,000) by UEFA after a swastika was embellished on a margin before a compare opposite Italy in Jun 2015 in Split.

A member of a belligerent staff during a Stade Geoffrey Guichard seemed to have been strike by a flare.

Punches were also seen being thrown on a terraces among Croatian fans in a disharmony of a shutting stages.

Croatia were cruising towards a final 16 after their dual Ivans — Rakitic and Perisic — netted possibly side of a break.

Having beaten Turkey 1-0 in their opener during a European championship finals, Croatia seemed to have their second win in a bag.

But Czech deputy Milan Skoda pulled one behind before associate deputy Necid’s thespian spot-kick.

Captain Darijo Srna took his place during right-back after returning from father’s wake behind in Croatia and strew a few tears during his country’s anthem in an romantic start to a moving encounter.

Striker Mario Mandzukic had a margin day personification in front of Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, whose overwhelming bombardment warranted all 3 points opposite Turkey, while Barcelona’s Rakitic capped a good arrangement with his goal.

Having threatened progressing in a half, Croatia took a lead on 37 mins after a mistake in a Czech midfield.

Jaroslav Plasil mislaid a round and Croatia’s Milan Badelj snapped adult possession on a median line to fast feed Perisic.

The 27-year-old Inter Milan winger pounded a Czech area, wrong-footed defender Thomas Sivok and twisted his shot past Petr Cech on 37 minutes.

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It was 1-0 during a mangle and Croatia doubled their lead when Brozovic fed Rakitic inside a area.

The aggressive midfielder’s grand chip gave Czech goalkeeper Cech no possibility as it strike a net on 59 minutes.

Only a excellent Cech save prevented a third before Mandzukic dismissed over shortly after and Modric went off on 62 mins struggling with an damage with his side in control.

But Skoda valid there was still some life in a Czech engine when he managed to put some energy into his header from Tomas Rosicky’s cranky on 76 minutes.

The flares afterwards began to fall, fast crude a diversion and heading to 9 mins of additional time, that gave a Czechs a possibility to equalize opposite a dreaming Croatian defence.

Croatia now face fortifying European champions Spain in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

The fightback gives a Czech Republic a picturesque possibility of creation a knock-out stages with feat in their final diversion opposite Turkey in Lens, also subsequent Tuesday.

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