Spain demands quarter-final place after a great football fight against Croatia

Spain has reached the European Quarterfinals at the expense of Croatia. One of the most attractive matches of this tournament was decided only after renewal, after Croatia managed to overcome a 1-3 lag in the final phase. However, Spain still drew the victory: 3-5.
A strong Spain immediately took the initiative and quickly handed out a number of pinprits. The best chance was after sixteen minutes before Koke, who showed up before Dominik Lovakovic after a nice pass by Pedri, but the Croatian goalkeeper threw himself in front of the ball. Not much later, on the other hand – completely against the proportions – it was touching. Simรณn turned into a Pedri‘s playball and saw the ball roll into the goal: 1-0.
Spain lost it for a while after that offence, but more damage remained. Pablo Sarabia helped La Roja back in the saddle by shooting hard hit in the rebound. That hit was deserved in view of the game image. The Spaniards had 73 percent ball possession and shot eleven times, four of which are on target. Croatia made only two attempts, none of which was between the poles.
That dominance quickly turned Spain into a second hit in the second half. Cรฉsar Azpilicueta headed the cross of Ferran Torres and drew for his first international goal. Simรณn then took his revanche. Athletic Bilbao’
s goalkeeper was excellent in a dangerous attempt by Josko Gvardiol. Croatia tried to turn on afterwards, but after 77 minutes Torres seemed to take care of the decision. After a quick free kick, the Manchester City winger got an almost free passage and he rounded off masterly.
Spain seemed to be convincing for the quarter-finals, but a crazy final phase turned the game upside down. After a major role played by routine Luka Modric, Mislav Orsic managed to work the ball in the goal five minutes before time after a scrimmage. Three minutes in the injury time, Mario Pasalic brought the Croatians with a firm header.
extension Spain seemed as a wing lamb because of the two late countergoals and threatened to fall early in the extension cup. Pasalic came up close with Simon, who more than made up for his mistake and prevented Croatia‘s 4-3. Shortly afterwards, รlvaro Morata, the striker who was so criticized by this European Championship, but made himself immortal with a great goal with which he put Spain ahead. A cross by Dani Olmo was perfectly controlled by Morata, who left goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic no chance.
It seemed done when Mikel Oyarzabal decided the game a few minutes later with the 3-5, again on Olmo’
s indication. Croatia tried to realize a second comeback in the second half of the extension, but was both physically and mentally empty and can say goodbye to the European Championships with his head raised.