Spain got the pass to the quarterfinals of the Eurocopa after a meeting with many occasions and that ended up deciding in extra time after six goals in the first 90 minutes. Luis Enrique’s men came out dominant and after getting behind with Pedri’s own goal, they pushed with even more force and set their first half with greater offensive production in a tie with ten occasions generated. In the second half, he slowed down but sharpened his aim and scored two goals with half as many shots as the first half. From behind on the scoreboard, Croatia launched into desperation and shot Spain more than any other rival, managing to force extra time. The success of Morata and Oyazarbal in extra time and the stops by Unai Simón, ended up certifying the victory of the Red.

Possession

As in the rest of the matches of the Eurocup, Spain he dominated his rival from the start and left very few chances. However, Luis Enrique’s men did not have the very high figures of the matches against Sweden and Poland, where they exceeded 75% of possession, and remained in a 67.2%. It was only one point more than in the match against Slovakia, in which the Red also scored five goals. It is the first time that a national team has scored five goals in two consecutive games in a European Championship.


Who sent minute by minute

The graph gives minute-by-minute possession to the team that held the ball the longest.

Spain dominated possession for most of the match and barely let his rival combine

Croatia he threw the rest to force the extension and got it in his best sections of the game

Who sent minute by minute

The graph gives minute-by-minute possession to the team that held the ball the longest.

Spain dominated possession for most of the match and barely let his rival combine

Croatia he threw the rest to force the extension and got it in his best sections of the game

Who sent minute by minute

The graph gives minute-by-minute possession to the team that held the ball the longest.

Spain dominated possession for most of the match and barely let his rival combine

Croatia he threw the rest to force the extension and got it in his best sections of the game

Who sent minute by minute

The graph gives minute-by-minute possession to the team that held the ball the longest.

Croatia he threw the rest to force the extension and got it in his best sections of the game

Spain dominated possession for most of the match and barely let his rival combine

Croatia He knew that he would be in tow for most of the game, which held back Modric’s potential, although he knew how to focus his efforts when necessary. They stayed in a 32.8% of possession, their lowest figure in this tournament, but they forced extra time in a final stretch in which they seized the ball and curdled their best minutes of the game.

The play

Morata goal. The forward controls Dani Olmo’s center at the far post and shoots point-blank to put Spain ahead in extra time.

The play begins in the center of the field. Croatia waits in the back and Spain moves the ball from band to band looking to open gaps.

Laporte meets Dani Olmo. Croatia does not reach the tilt and the center-back plays for his teammate with the field ahead.

Dani Olmo’s great center. The winger advances to the corner of the area and hangs the ball behind Brekalo, who fails to clear.

Control and shooting. Morata controls the center with his left foot behind Brekalo’s back and finishes with his right with power, putting the ball in the square at the near post.

After Croatia scored two goals in five minutes to send the game into extra time, Spain managed to take the lead in the first half of overtime thanks to a goal from Álvaro Morata. The goal left the Croats upset, who conceded another goal after three minutes and could no longer come back two goals.

The brains of the teams

The two captains had an intense duel in the center of the field from which the Spanish midfielder emerged the winner. Busquets contributed criteria in the opposite field, being the midfielder with the best percentage of passes, with a 90% success rate. He also directed the defensive line, being the one who made the most tackles (4). Modric was unable to deploy as usual but guided every attack of his own. With 21 passes in the opposite field, he was the Croatian who combined the most in that part of the field, although it was his lowest figure in this European Championship.


Modric had to stay in a more backward position and helped in defense more than in attack

Map of touches of Busquets

Busquets commanded the high pressure of Spain and kept the defense fixed in the center of the field

Modric had to stay in a more backward position and helped in defense more than in attack

Map of touches of Busquets

Busquets commanded the high pressure of Spain and kept the defense fixed in the center of the field

Modric had to stay in a more backward position and helped in defense more than in attack

Map of touches of Busquets

Busquets commanded the high pressure of Spain and kept the defense fixed in the center of the field

Map of touches of Busquets

Busquets commanded the high pressure of Spain and kept the defense fixed in the center of the field

Modric had to stay in a more backward position and helped in defense more than in attack

The passes


Spain loaded the area with his three forwards and gave breadth with the sides

Croatia he waited en bloc he got down and looked for the velocity from its ends

Spain loaded the area with his three forwards and gave breadth with the sides

Croatia he waited en bloc he got down and looked for the velocity from its ends

Spain loaded the area with his three forwards and gave breadth with the sides

Croatia he waited en bloc he got down and looked for the velocity from its ends

Spain loaded the area with his three forwards and gave breadth with the sides

Croatia he waited en bloc he got down and looked for the velocity from its ends

With Busquets in the pivot, Spain deployed to their sides and centered their forwards to load the area and try to find some of the balls hanging from the bands. Azpilicueta’s goal, after a good pass from Ferran Torres, was the first goal for Spain in this European Championship. Morata scored the lead goal in extra time also thanks to a cross, this time from Dani Olmo. With 883 passes, Spain doubled its rival in combinations (427) and stayed most of the game in the opposite field. The world runners-up leave the tournament after having been the rival that has shot the most and has made the most passes against the Red in this European Championship.

Jacob Vicente López, Carmen Ayuso and Luis Sevillano collaborated in this story.

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