England hosted Croatia at Wembley in London in their first Euro 2020 match. And the Raheem Sterling’s goal — his first in a tournament in his 13th match through four competitions — gave England a 1-0 win over Croatia.
“I always said to myself if I come here, growing up two minutes down the road, I’ve got to score,” Sterling said. “It’s a great feeling doing it.”
It ensured England overcome its opening-game stumbling block, finally making a winning start to the continental tournament in its 10th appearance.
Already at the start of the fight, the British could score. Phil Foden defeated the opponent into the penalty area and shot, but the ball hit the post. The British continued to attack and created a few more chances, but it was not possible to break through Livakovich. Over time, the Croats were able to push the game away from their goal and tried to carry out a couple of attacks themselves, but the defense of the “lions” acted in a collected manner and did not give Modric and the company serious opportunities to score.
The Croatians started the second half in the same spirit, taking the ball and the center of the field for themselves. The British played cautiously and hoped for counterattacks. And one such attack brought the result - Phillips got the ball from the right, shifted in the center and brought Sterling to the opponent's gate with a pass.
Scotland and the Czech Republic will play in another Group D match, which will be held tomorrow in Glasgow.
European Championship, 1st round
England 1-0 Croatia
Goal: Sterling, 59