The Spaniards started energetically. There were chances from Pablo Sarabia and Koke. Yet it was Croatia that took the lead in the 20th minute after a huge blunder by goalkeeper Unai Simón. He misjudged a long back pass from Pedri, causing the ball to end up behind him in the goal through his foot.
The Spaniards seemed excited, but they were level again well before half-time. After a long attack, Pablo Sarabia finally shot the ball hard behind keeper Dominik Livakovic in the 37th minute: 1-1.
Unai Simon doesn’t know what hit him. He is going to get the ball out of the goal himself after his mega blunder.
In the opening phase of the second half, Spain had made up for the early mega blunder Unai Simón. A header by César Azpilicueta after a fine cross by Ferran Torres meant the 2-1 for Spain. The Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simón also seemed completely old. In the 67th minute he made an excellent save on a shot from close range by Josko Gvardiol.
Pablo Sarabia (m) puts the Spaniards back on the same level: 1-1.
More than 20 minutes before the end, Spain seemed to decide the game, but the goal of the criticized Álvaro Morata was (rightly) rejected for offside. It was Ferran Torres who seemed to give the Croats the final blow a few minutes later by shooting in the 3-1.
In the final phase, the tension suddenly returned. After a scrimmage, the ball ended up in the Spanish goal via Mislav Orsic: 3-2. In extra time, the Spaniards completely lost their apparently comfortable lead. Mario Pasalic headed in from close range in the 93rd (!) minute: 3-3.
Both countries did not let grass grow in the extension. The game went up and down. There were chances on both sides. Morata of all people put the Spaniards at 4-3 in the 100th minute with a wonderful shot into the top corner. Four minutes later it really seemed over and out for the Croats. Mikel Oyarzabal signed for the liberating fifth Spanish goal of the evening: 5-3. Croatia squeezed another kind of final offensive, but that led to nothing this time, so that the Spaniards can prepare for the quarter-finals.
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