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Euro 2016: Croatia and Czech Republic draw 2-2 thanks to last minute goal

Play was briefly suspended due to flares being thrown on the pitch

Published 17/06/2016

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, and Czech Republic's Roman Hubnik go for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, and Czech Republic's Roman Hubnik go for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Czech Republic's Milan Skoda, left, heads the ball to score during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Czech Republic's Pavel Kaderabek, left, and Croatia's Domagoj Vida lie on the pitch in pain after a challenge during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia players celebrate after Ivan Rakitic scored during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Czech Republic's Milan Skoda, right, celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic falls in the net after Czech Republic's Milan Skoda scored during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Czech Republic's Milan Skoda, right, celebrates with Roman Hubnik after scoring his sides first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, right, chips the ball to score his sides second goal past Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, left, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Luka Modric, left, challenges for the ball Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia supporters cheer during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Czech Republic palyers pose for photos before the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, left, jumps for the ball with Czech Republic's Roman Hubnik during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Luka Modric, left, dribbles Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic catches the ball ahead of Czech Republic's David Lafata during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Czech Republic's Roman Hubnik, right, jumps for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech is to catch the ball ahead of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, left, and Czech Republic's Roman Hubnik go for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia's Vedran Corluka wears a protective headpiece during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, left, celebrates with teammate Ivan Rakitic after scoring his side's first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, second right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, top left, kicks the ball to score during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, right, slips on the pitch during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
British referee Mark Clattenburg, left, speaks to Croatia's Mario Mandzukic during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia players celebrate after Ivan Perisic scored the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Czech Republic's Tomas Rosicky, left, runs with the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Luka Modric, left, and Czech Republic's Ladislav Krejc, vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia's Luka Modric, left, and Czech Republic's Ladislav Krejci vie for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, left, fails to stop a shot from Croatia's Ivan Perisic opening the score during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's players celebrate after Ivan Perisic scored, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, top left, celebrates with Croatia's Ivan Rakitic after scoring during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, right, scores his sides second goal past Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Croatia's Vedran Corluka, center, gestures during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Croatia players celebrate after Ivan Rakitic scored during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
From left, Croatia's Darijo Srna, Croatia's Vedran Corluka and Czech Republic's Ladislav Krejci go for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Croatia's Ivan Rakitic, right, chips the ball to score his sides second goal past Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, left, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Tomas Necid's injury-time penalty grabbed the Czech Republic an unlikely point as Croatia - who are also likely to face UEFA sanctions following crowd trouble - blew a two-goal lead.

Domagoj Vida's handball allowed the Czechs to grab a 2-2 draw after goals from Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic looked to have put Croatia into the second round at Euro 2016.

Barcelona midfielder Rakitic ran the show in St Etienne as he and Perisic put Croatia in control, only for Milan Skoda to start the comeback with 15 minutes left.

Fan trouble added to Croatia's misery after referee Mark Clattenburg was forced to stop the game with four minutes left after several flares went off and fighting seemingly broke out among their fans. A steward also appeared to be hit by a flare thrown from the stands.

Croatia are already under investigation following crowd incidents in their opening 1-0 win over Turkey.

The Czech Republic, who lost to Spain in their opening game, were on the brink but gave themselves a Euro 2016 lifeline in Group D.

Croatia dominated from the start and Milan Badelj fired wide early as Rakitic pulled the strings and he fired over seconds on 21 minutes after Perisic had just missed Mario Mandzukic's cross.

Croatia pinned their opponents back without making the crucial breakthrough as the Czechs showed little ambition or belief to wrestle back control.

They could not contain Rakitic and Petr Cech saved his low effort nine minutes before the break - only for Perisic to open the scoring 40 seconds later.

It had been coming and, after Cech's stop, the Czech Republic were pushed back again when Vida's challenge on David Lafata fell to Perisic.

Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, right, looks at burning flares thrown on to the pitch from the stands during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Czech Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech, right, looks at burning flares thrown on to the pitch from the stands during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between the Czech Republic and Croatia at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne, France, Friday, June 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

The Inter Milan player ran at Tomas Sivok to leave the defender frantically backpeddling, then drove an angled effort into the far corner from 15 yards.

It was almost 2-0 two minutes later but Vida and Vedran Corluka collided as the pair tried to reach Rakitic's teasing free kick.

The Czech Republic failed to register a single shot in the first half but there was a brief suggestion the tide would turn after the break.

Ladislav Krejci forced Danijel Subasic to his first save of the game as Pavel Vrba's side approached the game with more vigour.

But any chance of a revival looked to have ended when Rakitic deservedly grabbed a goal to put Croatia 2-0 ahead after 59 minutes.

Marcelo Brozovic won the ball 30 yards out and immediately found the unmarked Rakitic racing through - and he produced an impudent finish to lift the ball past Cech.

Luka Modric was replaced as Croatia sought to close the game out, before Mandzukic should have made it 3-0 after 67 minutes instead of firing over with the goal gaping.

Out of the blue, the Czechs grabbed a lifeline with 15 minutes left when Skoda headed in Tomas Rosicky's brilliant cross to give them hope.

After being so comfortable Croatia were nervous and a break in play, after several flares went off to spark crowd trouble - which had Croatian players appealing for calm, saw 10 minutes of injury time.

And in the third minute of time added on Vida handled the ball inside the area, with Necid hammering in the penalty to earn what had looked an unlikely point.

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