Croatia took the game to extra time thanks to two late goals but couldn’t find a way past Spain as Alvaro Morata smashed his side back in front before Mikel Oyarzabal rounded off the victory
Spain came from behind before eventually overcoming a dramatic scare to overcome Croatia in an eight-goal thriller after extra time at the Parken Stadium on Monday.
Luis Enrique’s side were heading into the next round when Croatia bagged two late goals in seven minutes to level things up at the end of normal time, before strikes from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal settled the contest.
Despite La Roja’s early dominance, it was Croatia who took a shock lead in the most fortunate of circumstances as goalkeeper Unai Simon allowed Pedri’s back pass to squirm under his foot and in.
Luckily for the Spain No.1 his side were soon back level, as Pablo Sarabia smashed home an emphatic shot on the rebound after Jose Gaya’s initial effort had been parried out.
Shortly after half-time the initial comeback was complete, as Ferran Torres centred from the left wing onto the head of Cesar Azpilicueta to divert past the goalkeeper.
The game then looked to have been put to bed in the 77th minute as Torres latched onto a long cross-field ball to skip round his marker and slide the ball into the bottom corner to increase the advantage.
But the drama wasn’t over there.
Spain then had to weather a late surge from Croatia after Mislav Ortic managed to get the ball over the line amid a furious goalmouth scramble.
Then just as you thought Spain would close out the win, Orsic picked out Mario Pasalic for a late header to draw the match level and send the clash into extra-time.
Croatia came close to taking the lead but it was Morata who struck next, controlling Dani Olmo’s cross before lashing it into the top corner to send Spain fans into raptures.
Any hopes of another comeback for Croatia were dashed when Olmo’s cross picked out Oyarzabal for a fifth moments later, as Spain finally booked their place in the last eight. MIRROR FOOTBALL