UEFA Euro 2020 Highlights Croatia vs Spain: Spain have finally conceded a bizarre own goal as keeper Unai Simon missed a pass back to him in the 20th minute as Pablo Sarabia equalised in the 38th minute and Cesar Azpilicueta gave them the lead in the 57th and Ferran Torres netted the third in the 77th against Croatia, but Mislav Orsic got one back in the 85th minute and Mario Pasalic scored in added time, in the Euro 2020 Round of 16 at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored in the extra time to make it 5-3.
Spain will face either France or Switzerland in the quarter-final.
FULL TIME! Spain beat Croatia 5-3 in Extra Time to advance to the quarter-finals!
Spain will face France or Switzerland!
What a game! Played at the highest tempo possible and swinging momentum from either team... definitely a spectacle for the neutral fan.
57' - GOAL! Cesar Azpilicueta hands Spain the lead against Croatia!
Pedri breaks through to the centre, threatening to shoot as the defenders of Croatia are unsettled, which allows Ferran Torres ample space and time to whip in an inviting cross onto the head of Azpilicueta, who makes no mistake and get Spain ahead in the game for the first time in this game.
38' - GOAL! Pablo Sarabia equalises for Spain against Croatia!
La Roja draw level, as Koke, Pedri and Sarabia combine with quick, intricate passes. Jose Gaya drills in an angled shot from the left that Livakovic only manages to parry as Sarabia blasts the ball into the net from close range.
Another record for Pedri!
1 - At 18 years and 215 days, @Pedri becomes the youngest ever player to start a knockout game in a European Championship, overtaking the record of Wayne Rooney (18y 244d v Portugal in 2004). #EURO2020 #CRO #ESP. Youth. pic.twitter.com/qH3mnaHtsG— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 28, 2021
Spain manager Luis Enrique made two changes to his starting lineup for their Euro 2020 last 16 clash with Croatia from the side that hammered Slovakia 5-0 in their final Group E match.
Ferran Torres, who netted against the Slovakians, replaces Gerard Moreno up front and will play alongside Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia, while Jose Gaya comes into the left back slot instead of 32-year old stalwart Jordi Alba.
Captain Sergio Busquets will continue to pull the strings in a three-man midfield including Koke and Pedri.
Ante Rebic starts on the left flank for Croatia, replacing Ivan Perisic, who is in self-isolation after contracting COVID-19 following their 3-1 win over Scotland in the final Group D match.
Duje Caleta-Car replaces the suspended Dejan Lovren in the centre of defence and attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic gets the nod again as coach Zlatko Dalic deploys an adventurous formation to face the Spaniards.
Spain Starting XI - Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jose Gaya; Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Koke; Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia
🚨 OFICIAL | ¡¡YA TENEMOS NUESTRO ONCE INICIAL!!— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) June 28, 2021
👥 Con estos futbolistas afronta @LUISENRIQUE21 los octavos de final de la #EURO2020 ante Croacia.
💪🏻 ¡¡ESTAMOS CON VOSOTROS!! ¡¡A POR TODAS!!
🆚 #CRO- #ESP #SomosEspaña pic.twitter.com/2YgnuGibXU
Spain fell behind in the first half to a Pedri own goal from near the halfway line after an incredible error from keeper Unai Simon but they looked on their way to a comfortable victory with goals from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres.
Yet Croatia staged an unthinkable comeback with goals from Mislav Orsic in the 85th minute and a Mario Pasalic header in added time to force the extra period.
Spain showed tremendous character though and prevailed thanks to Morata’s superb strike in the 100th minute and a goal from Mikel Oyarzabal in the 103rd.
Spain celebrated a first knockout win in a major tournament since winning Euro 2012 to set up a quarter-final against France or Switzerland in St Petersburg on Friday.
Croatia head home with their heads held high but are still waiting to win a knockout game at a Euros.
Morata has been the centre of attention of Spain’s campaign amid inconsistent performances and criticism from his own supporters, which took an ugly turn during last week’s 5-0 win over Slovakia.
His wife and children were threatened by supporters in Seville and he complained of facing death threats before the game, prompting coach Luis Enrique to urge police action.
Morata has been accused of having a fragile disposition but showed real leadership when Spain’s confidence was on the floor, controlling a Dani Olmo cross with one foot before blasting into the roof of the net.
His team mate Simon also compensated for his first-half howler, making a superb save to thwart Andrej Kramaric early in extra-time.
Substitute Oyarzabal struck moments later to increase Spain’s lead and this time Croatia had no response.