'Utterly sublime': Euro 2020 gobsmacked by Luka Modric worldie

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Luka Modric (pictured left) shooting and (pictured right) celebrating his goal for Croatia.
Luka Modric (pictured left) scored a screamer to help send Croatia through to the knockout stages of Euro 2020. (Getty Images)

Luka Modric sent the football world into a frenzy after breaking Scotland's chances of advancing with an incredible curling effort in their deciding Euro 2020 Group Stage match.

Nikola Vlasic and Ivan Perisic were also on target for Croatia in a victory that lifted Zlatko Dalic's side, so leggy and unconvincing in their first two games, to second in Group D on four points.

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They finished ahead, on goals scored, of the Czech Republic, who lost 1-0 to group winners England.

Croatia next face the runner-up of Group E - where Sweden, Slovakia, Spain and Poland are all still jockeying for position - in Copenhagen on June 28.

But the talk of the match was the mercurial Modric after he goal at 1-1, to lift Croatia ahead in the 62nd minute.

Football world praises Modric

The Real Madrid maestro received the ball at the top of the box and using sublime technique, curled the ball using the outside of his foot in the top left corner.

The goal marked an incredible milestone for the midfield great.

Modric was the youngest ever Croatian goalscorer at the Euros and his goal against Scotland, at 35 years old, made him the oldest Croatian goalscorer at the Euros for his nation.

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Modric said after his brilliant goal he felt it was going in after it left his boot.

"When I hit it, I knew it was going in," Modric said, with a smile on his face, in his post-match interview.

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