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Croatia v Scotland: What the stats say ahead Euro 2020 clash

Croatia have never beaten Scotland in their five previous meetings (D3 L2). In fact, France (8 games) and Portugal (7) are the only teams the Croats have faced on more occasions without ever securing a victory.

None of the five matches between Croatia and Scotland have produced more than two goals.

Scotland have only lost one of their last nine matches at Hampden Park (W5 D3), though it was on MD1 vs the Czech Republic. They last suffered back-to-back defeats there in September 2019 against Russia and Belgium.

Croatia are winless in three European Championships matches (D1 L2), only enduring a longer winless run in the tournament once previously, a five-game run that spanned the 1996 and 2004 editions.

Scotland have failed to score in five of their last eight matches at major tournaments (W1 D3 L4), failing to find the net with all 30 shots at goal at EURO 2020 so far.

In their previous five European Championship tournaments, Croatia have alternated between progressing from the group stage (1996, 2008 and 2016) and going out at the group stage (2004 and 2012). They went through in their last EUROs tournament in 2016.

Croatia have won only two of their last 11 international matches across all competitions (D3 L6) and are winless in their last four (D2 L2).

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Scotland are looking to avoid failing to score in three consecutive competitive matches for the first time since three games between November 2003 and October 2004, when they failed in a EUROs play-off qualifier match against the Netherlands and two World Cup qualifiers.

Croatia’s Ivan Perisic has scored eight goals at major tournaments (EUROs + World Cup), with his goal against Czech Republic making him the first player to score at four different such major tournaments for Croatia. Indeed, only Davor Šuker has more goals at major tournaments for Croatia (9).

On his first start for Scotland, Billy Gilmour completed more passes than any other Scottish player in their goalless draw with England (40), despite only playing 76 minutes of the match. Gilmour is the youngest ever player to start a major tournament match for Scotland (20y 7d), breaking Paul McStay’s record in the 1986 World Cup against Uruguay (21y 234d).

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