Euro 2020: Record-setting Spain beat Croatia 5-3 in 8-goal thriller to make it to quarter-finals

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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)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

Euro 2020: Round of 16 – Spain 5-3 Croatia highlights

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.

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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