Czech Republic kept themselves alive in Euro 2016 as they fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Croatia amid crowd trouble in their Group D encounter in Saint-Etienne.

Croatia appeared to be cruising into the last 16 on Friday with goals from Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic either side of half-time, but substitute Milan Skoda then pulled one back for the Czechs with 15 minutes to go before the game was brought to a halt as flares were thrown onto the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard pitch from the Croatian end.

Referee Mark Clattenburg was then briefly forced to stop play and bring the players into the middle of the pitch – as fights broke out among Croatian fans – before then awarding a late penalty to the Czechs after Domagoj Vida’s handball.

Tomas Necid stepped up to take the spot-kick in the 94th minute, firing it high into the net to secure the Czechs’ first point of the tournament and maintain their hopes of progression.


Group D

Played Won Draw Lost For Against Goal difference Points
2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0