Spain fights in spectacle after extension along Croatia (5-3)

Spain is the fifth team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the European Championship. The three-time European champion did need extra time in Copenhagen against Croatia, which came back from 1-3 to 3-3 in the last few minutes of regular time.

In the extension, the Spaniards showed resilience by drawing the longest end via two hits: 5-3.

With the defeat, Croatia is still waiting for its first win in the knockout stage of a European Championship. It already went wrong against Germany (1996), Turkey (2008) and Portugal (2016). Germany and Portugal then also grabbed the title.

No Perisic

Spain and Croatia faced each other for the third time in a row in a European Championship final round, although until today it was always group duels. In 2012, the victory went to Spain (1-0), while five years ago Croatia took the longest. The winning 2-1 came shortly before time from Ivan Perisic.

The match winner at the time was also in good shape at this European Championship with two goals and an assist, but had to miss the game with Spain after a positive corona test. A huge loss according to national coach Zlatko Dalic, who called the 32-year-old attacker of Internazionale his best player at this European Championship.

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