Luka Modric is not pleased with Croatia's play in the first half of the European Championship group match against the Czech Republic.

The captain of the losing World Cup finalist even talks about the worst first half in ages.

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"We played badly in the first half. We haven't played that badly in a long time," Modric grumbled after the 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic.

"There was no line and no organization at all for us before the break, while we wanted to win so badly in advance."

Croatia lost 1-0 to England in its opening match at the European Championship and hardly came into play against the Czech Republic before half-time.

In addition, Patrik Schick gave the Czechs the lead at the end of the first half from a penalty kick.

After the break, the Croats recovered and Ivan Perisic quickly equalized.

"It went much better in the second half," concluded 35-year-old Modric, who was named man of the match.

"But after our equalizer, we should have pushed through," the Real Madrid midfielder continued.

"We were dangerous, but unfortunately the second goal did not fall. As a result, we now have a bitter aftertaste. We now have to beat Scotland to continue."

Luka Modric protests against a decision by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.

Luka Modric protests against a decision by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande.

Photo: AFP

'We need more energy against Scotland'

Croatian national coach Zlatko Dalic is also not giving up yet.

"We still have everything in our own hands to qualify. We will especially need more energy against Scotland."

Croatia has only one point after two matches.

Scotland will be the final opponent in the group stage in Glasgow next Tuesday.

See also: View the schedule and group standings of the European Championship