Soccer-Croatia hopes hit by shock loss to Scotland (Reuters)

* ZAGREB, June 7 (Reuters) – Croatia suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by beleaguered Scotland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday after midfielder Robert Snodgrass struck against the run of play in the first half. Scotland have no chance of reaching next year’s finals in Brazil but the defeat severely dented Croatia’s chances of finishing top of Group A and clinching an automatic berth in the 32-nation tournament. The Croatians, who have 16 points from seven games, trail leaders Belgium who have 19 from seven after a 2-1 home win over Serbia. …

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