Alvaro Morata scored in extra time to help Spain to a 5-3 win against Croatia in an enthralling Round of 16 clash at Euro 2020. Spain dominated the early stages of the game but found themselves trailing through an own goal from their keeper Unai Simon. Spain then turned on the style scoring three goals without reply. Pablo Sarabia equalized in the 38th minute while Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres scored in the 57th and 76th minute respectively.
Croatia then staged a comeback in the last 15 minutes with goals from substitute Mikel Orsic and Mario Pasalic. Morata had the last laugh with a spectacular goal in extra time to send the Spanish fans into pandemonium. Mikel Oyarzabal then put the game beyond the reach of Croatia with a goal in the 103rd minute.
Croatia: Livakovic (6), Juranovic (6), Vida (6), Caleta-Car (6), Gvardiol (5), Modric (7), Brozovic (6), Kovacic (6), Vlasic (6), Rebic (6), Petkovic (6).
Subs used: Orsic (8), Pasalic (8), Kramaric (5), Budimir (6), Brekalo (6).
Spain: Simon (7), Azpilicueta (7), E Garcia (6), Laporte (6), Gaya (6), Koke (6), Busquets (7), Pedri (7), Sarabia (8), Morata (8), Ferran Torres (9).
Subs used: Pau Torres (6), Olmo (8), Alba (6), Ruiz (6), Oyarzabal (7).
Man of the match: Ferran Torres
Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic: “When it comes to the goals, we made three major mistakes. Spain is a great team who definitely will use any chance and any failure in our system, but I think when we missed the chance at 3-3 in extra time, that was the determining one.”
Spain manager Luis Enrique: “It was a really intense game. I have experienced some similar ones, but it really had everything today. I think the strange thing is that we got a second chance and that doesn’t usually happen.” he said after Spain beat Croatia. “What really struck me was the final five minutes of extra-time, the fans stood up and started applauding and they were paying tribute to the great effort and commitment of all of the players who had competed and I think it was a lovely gesture from the fans.”