Croatia’s 2-0 lead has been thrown away after supporters in the active end cost their team the game.
It is likely the reasoning was due to a demonstration made by Dinamo Zagreb fans, after the former Executive Chairman Zdravko Mamić was reportedly involved in an illegal withdrawal of at least 70 million kuna from Dinamo.
Mamić is now a Croatian football administrator, which has caused uproar from many Croatian fans.
Croatia were dominating for the majority of the game, before a large section of the active supporters threw flares onto the pitch after going down 2-1.
Tensions then escalated, as fans began to fight between eachother. In our exclusive footage below, some fans can be seen throwing others over the rows of chairs.
Croatian players tried to approach the fans from the pitch, but flares continued to be tossed onto the field.
In a display of total football dominance, the Croatians took an early lead in the first half thanks to a beautiful solo effort by left winger Ivan Perisic.
The Vatreni came out swinging early and looked much more relaxed on the ball compared to their first game against Turkey.
Orchestrating the Croatian midfield was the deadly combination of Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitić and Real Madrid’s Luka Modrić. There constant press and work-rate in the midfield made it difficult for the Czech’s to counter on the break due to the Croatian congestion in the midfield.
The Croatians were soon rewarded for their dominance just after the half hour mark, as winger Ivan Perisic produced a magnificent solo effort to beat Petr Cech at the far post.
Ivan Perisic has contributed to 11 goals (5 goals, 6 assists) in his last nine appearances for Croatia.
It only took another haf hour for the Croatians to double their lead. Once again the Czech’s lack of composure on the ball was exposed, as Marcelo Brozovic intercepted a loose pass. Rakitic recieved the ball and made no mistake, finishing with a classy chip over the keeper Petr Cech.
Czech Republic replied with the perfect response, as Captain Tomas Rosicky sent in a wicked outside of the foot ball onto the head of Milan Skoda.
The game was temporarily postponed after the incidents from Croatian fans in the stands. The stop in play completely ruined Croatia’s momentum and the Czech’s began to rise a gear. A late penalty to Czech Republic saw Toms Necid convert from the spot, leveling the match 2-2.
An absolute nightmare conclusion for Croatia.
More to come on the fan incident…