Euro 2020: Spain held their nerve and fended off a stunning comeback from Croatia in an 8-goal thriller at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Luis Enrique’s men booked a spot in the last eight and will take on either France or Switzerland on July 2.
Alvaro Morata scored in Spain’s stunning 5-3 win over Croatia in Round of 16 at Euro 2020 (Reuters Photo)
- Spain became the first team in Euro history to score 5 goals in successive matches
- Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored in the extra time to make it 5-3 for Spain
- Croatia fought back and forced extra time after going from 1-3 down to 3-3
pain came up with a roller-coaster of a performance in their Round of 16 match to beat a spirited Croatian side 5-3 and make it to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020. Spain set a new Euro record as they became the first team to score 5 goals in successive matches in the competition.
Spain and Croatia put on a show in an 8-goal thriller at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, which has hosted some dramatic matches at Euro 2020. The 8 goals scored in the Round of 16 match is also the second highest in the history of Euro.
Croatia, led by Luka Modric, came up with a lion-hearted effort as they went from 1-3 down to 3-3 in a span of 8 minutes and forced extra time in Copenhagen. Spain looked like they had made amends with goals from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres to go 3-1 up, until Mislav Orsic scored in the 85th minute and Mario Pasalic netted two minutes into stoppage time to level for Croatia.
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In fact, it was Croatia who took the lead through a shocking own goal from Spain where goalkeeper Unai Simon failed to deal with a simple back pass from Pedri. However, Simon had a superb night as he put back the own goal to make stunning saves against a spirited Croatian side.
Croatia had the momentum on their side heading into the first period of extra time. But Dani Olmo came up with a superlative performance on the right flank after coming off from the bench. Alvaro Morta responded to his critics with a stunning strike in the first period that gave Spain the 4-3 lead. Mikel Oyarzabal finished it off with the 5th goal, once again from an Almo cross.
The three-time European champions will now face either France or Switzerland on July 2 in St. Petersburg.
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