Spain reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 by beating Croatia in extra time after an eight-goal thriller. Luis Enrique’s side were 3-1 down before Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic scored twice in the final five minutes to force extra time.
Alvaro Morata, who revealed before the match that his families have been threatened during the tournament as a result of his performances, silenced his critics when he thumped in Spain’s fourth goal in overtime time. Mikel Oyarzabal added a fifth goal three minutes later to finally see off Croatia, who had fought bravely in last-16 tie.
Spain came from behind to beat Croatia 3-1 and reach the quarter-finals of the Euro in Brazil. Substitutes Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Alvaro Morata scored for Spain who will now face Switzerland in the last eight. Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon’s own goal gave Croatia the lead after just 20 minutes but they responded with five late goals.
MORATA AND SIMON SHOW SPANISH PERSON
Spain turned into the principal side in European Championship history to score at least five objectives in successive matches – yet Morata’s was the most significant.
The forward had botched a few decent opportunities in the competition before this game and it appeared as though it would not be his night again when he neglected to gesture in Ferran Torres’ cross from the beginning.
After two minutes, that miss looked particularly exorbitant as Croatia started to lead the pack – however it was Morata who the Spain players assembled to praise at full-time after their spot in the quarter-finals was fixed because of his objective.
Spain’s accreditations to dive deep into the competition have been upgraded by this showcase of character to at first skip back from the own objective then re-assemble themselves after Croatia had constrained additional time.
The scenes at full-time were a combination of jubilance and alleviation and they will currently get ready for a quarter-last with Switzerland, who took out title holders France in a phenomenal punishment shootout in Bucharest.
There was no one more soothed than manager Simon as well – he pulled off a significant save in additional time after his enormous blunder.
CROATIA BOW OUT – YET NOT WITHOUT A BATTLE
World Cup finalists Croatia lost at the last-16 phase for the second Euros in succession after they were beaten by possible champs Portugal in 2016.
Be that as it may, they didn’t leave without a battle.
Spain was persistent for times of the match however Croatia made various obvious possibilities and had they been more clinical, it might have been an alternate story.
Nikola Vlasic crushed one into the side-netting and Kramaric was hailed offside as he snuck in behind before Spain went 3-1 up.
In any case, similarly as Spain took a gander quiet, Croatia increased the power, reluctant to leave the opposition without having an effect.
The substitutes constrained additional time and Croatia might have gone on when Orsic terminated hazardously over the bar minutes before Kramaric was denied by Simon.
Those misses demonstrated exorbitant and Spain nearly scored a 6th when Dani Olmo’s curling iron smacked off the left post in the perishing minutes.
Croatia was normally sad at full time after they couldn’t assemble another surprising rebound – however they had made their difference on this competition by having their impact in an epic match.