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UEFA EURO 2020 R16, Spain vs Croatia Highlights: Spain win 5-3 in Extra Time

Spain vs Croatia UEFA EURO 2020 Round of 16 Highlights: Croatia drew level at the end of normal time to force the game into Extra Time, but Spain again took a lead.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: June 29, 2021 7:39:22 am
Spain vs Croatia

Spain vs Croatia UEFA EURO 2020 Highlights: Spain beat Croatia 5-3 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen in Monday’s 2020 European Championships Round of 16 blockbuster to progress to the quarterfinals.

A howler from Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon gave Croatia a 1-0 lead before Pablo Sarabia equalized in the first half. Cesar Azpilicueta gave Spain 2-1 lead 57th minute before Ferran Torres doubled their lead in the 76th minute. Croatia clawed back with two late goals to get the game into extra time. Alvaro Morata scored in the first half of extra timer as Spain took a lead in Extra Time.

Spain XI: Simón; Azpilicueta, García, Laporte, Gayà; Busquets, Koke, Pedri; Ferran, Sarabia, Morata.

Croatia XI: Livaković; Juranović, Ćaleta-Car, Vida, Gvardiol; Brozović, Kovačić, Modrić; Vlašić, Rebić, Petković.

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00:04 (IST)29 Jun 2021
Full Time: Spain win 5-3

Spain look to finish with a final flourish, but the chance to make this a tennis score is denied by the upright even as the Croatian keeper is beaten. And the full time whistle blows. Spain go through to the quarters.

23:55 (IST)28 Jun 2021
112' - Spain slow pace down

Croatia start the second half brightly. A shot by Pasalic narrowly goes past the post. Spain gain control of possession again, slowing the game down. Croatia's tired legs surely do not have enough to make another comeback.

Spain 5-3 Croatia

23:45 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Spain take 5-3 lead

Spain have done it! Oyarzablo slots it home in the 103rd minute. A diagonal ball from the right from Dani Olmo is gently nudged in by the substitute. 

That's the end of the first half of extra time, with those two goals having ended the chaotic nature of the game again.

23:39 (IST)28 Jun 2021
100' - Morata gives Spain 4-3 lead

Unai Simon comes up with a great save to keep out Kramaric. A clear chance and a clear swing at goal. Orsic making those Perisic-y runs down the left as Croatia swarm the Spanish half. On the other end, Vida it is who makes a last ditch block. He's done a Subotic there! Morata does it! Receives the long ball, takes his time, and swings his left foot at it.

Spain lead 4-3 

23:33 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Croatia start extra time on front foot

Orsic with a great attempt, a scorcher which goes just above the bar. Croatia, with the wind in their sail, are the team on the offensive as extra time begins.

23:25 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Extra Time

Spain try to get a fourth but too many passes in the Croatian third end up in no reward for them. We are going into Extra time! 30 more minutes of action guaranteed. Six goals were scored, but we still have nothing between these two teams.

23:21 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Pasalic gets Croatia level 3-3

Now, Croatia advance. Modric, who was at the centre of that Croatian goal, getting more and more involved. Spain slow the pace down. A few off side calls also slow the pace down. Bit, with 3 minutes left, Pasalic gets Croatia level! It's 3-3. A towering header for Pasalic.

23:14 (IST)28 Jun 2021
85' - Croatia get one back: Spain 3-2 Croatia

Massive! Croatia get the ball to go over the line ... just though ... by inches. Spain had cleared, and it looked they had done enough, but a goal has been signalled. Replays show Croatia did get the ball just beyond the line. It's game on with 5 minutes to go!

23:11 (IST)28 Jun 2021
84' - Spain 3-1 Croatia

Ferran Torres has been the player of the Match. 1 assist and 1 goal. He has six goals and an assist in his last seven starts for Spain. Croatia now concede a few needless free kicks as Spain content to play out the closing minutes at a languid pace.  

23:06 (IST)28 Jun 2021
75' - Ferran Torres gives Spain 3-1 lead

Ferran Torres catches Croatia unawares. Has acres of space on the right flank, as the defenders are caught napping. Ferran Torres cuts in and slots in the shot under the keeper's legs. Spain take a 3-1 lead in the 75th minute. 

23:00 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Croatia go 40 minutes without a shot

Rebic gets a rare shot on target for Croatia in the 66th minute. The Croats would be missing Perisic tonight. On that note, Orsic comes on to replace Rebic. Croatia had not attempted a shot in 40 minutes before that. Sarabia goes off, Olmo comes on in his place. Less than 20 minutes left for Croatia to find a way back.

72' - Spain 2-1 Croatia

22:52 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Azpilicueta's first goal for Spain

'65 - Spain 2-1 Croatia

César Azpilicueta, who has scored his first ever goal for Spain (27th cap), has become Spain’s oldest ever goalscorer at the European Championships (31y 304d). Special mention also to Ferran Torres, who has been a constant presence on the right flank.

22:45 (IST)28 Jun 2021
57' - Azpilicueta gives Spain 2-1 lead

Pedri snakes into the box. Vida blocks. Spain continue to win the midfield match-ups. One of the crosses finds its way to Azpilicueta who gives Spain the 2-1 lead.

22:36 (IST)28 Jun 2021
2nd half

Spain begin the second half like they had ended the first half - in control of possession. Rebic with the first counter-attack into the Spanish half, but loses the ball before the final third.

22:16 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Half Time: Spain 1-1 Croatia

Sarabia enjoys a spell of dominance down the right flank, Croatia find themselves under the cosh once more. Koke lets loose a long ranger which goes just wide. Spain keep the ball in the opposite half, lobbing in a couple of long balls from time to time. Croatia doing their best to keep their bodies behind the ball. Kovacic threads through a through ball in the last minute of the first half which Rebic almost gets to before the keeper.

Half Time! The scoreline would suggest it has been an equal game. It has not. Spain have utterly dominated, and with the exception of that own goal, have had a spotless half.

22:10 (IST)28 Jun 2021
37' - Spain equalize

Sarabia draws Spain level! After the ball bounces in the box for an eternity, Sarabia is the quickest to it in a crowded box and belts it into the goal. Spain 1-1 Croatia with the first half whistle not far off.

22:00 (IST)28 Jun 2021
30' - Croatia mount wave of attacks

Croatia mount a wave of attacks following the goal. On the back foot for the whole match, the howler from Simon has given them a lift-off. Kovacic tries his luck from outside the box. Spain manage to regain control of the midfield battle at the half hour mark.

21:53 (IST)28 Jun 2021
Own goal video

You feel for Unai Simon, but what an unbelieavable sight this goal was!

21:51 (IST)28 Jun 2021
20' - Own goal from Spain - Croatia go 1-0 up

Croatia make one thrilling advance forward, as Rebic tears open the left side of the field. Ferran Torres then creates another great chance! A cross finds a Spanish head, but Vida is there to make a last chance block. Croatia survive, but barely. But then there's disaster! Unbeliavable scenes. Croatia go 1-0 up as an own goal comes from nowhere.

21:47 (IST)28 Jun 2021
16' - Big chance for Koke

More pressure from Spain! Laporte and Busquets setting up the play from the back. Morata with a backheel sets up Sarabia for a shot but he hits the side netting. Koke, who has been the most active player in the Croatian half, gets a big chance in the 16th minute, as a through ball tears open the Croat defence but he can only hit a weak shot to the keeper.

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