DENMARK: Morata and Oyarzabal’s breakaway strike gave Luis Enrique’s side the win their overall play deserved.
Spain overcame a first-half howler from goalkeeper Unai Simon and a late two-goal collapse to eliminate Croatia from Euro 2020 with a thrilling 3-5 extra-time victory in the Round of 16 on Monday evening at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Unai Simon’s gaffe gifted Croatia an early lead, only to see La Roja respond through Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres.
It looked like the 2008 and 2012 European Championship champions were on their way to victory, but Croatia struck late with a pair of goals to force extra time.
Spain were on their heels, while Croatia were flying and they would soar into the Spanish goal in stoppage time, with Mario Pasalic beating the Spanish defence and heading in Orsic’s cross into goal to improbably bring Croatia level 3-3.
Just like in the second half, Spain managed to get some separation and went up by two goals three minutes after Morata’s strike, as Oyarzabal calmly collected a cross from Olmo and finished past Livakovic to make it 3-5.
Unai Simon came up with one final big save, barely tipping a Budimir shot wide of the post to ensure there would not be a second Croatia comeback, capping a Spanish triumph that won’t soon be forgotten.
Spain then regained their composure and goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal sealed their place in the quarter-final round.