(Copenhagen) A gag goal, wasteful advantage, late delivery: Spain win over Croatia, vice world champion (5-3A) on Monday Euro, unlikely to be delivered by Alvaro Morata. , Where she will challenge France or Switzerland.
After a breathless match with Breath, Morata (100E) And Michael O’Reilly (103E) Goalkeeper Unai Simon’s early gross errors were eliminated and led Spain to the next round and a meeting in St. Petersburg.
What fears! Fault of the Basque Porter (20E), Then Croatia conceded two goals in the final ten minutes of regulation to return to 3-3 and plunder extra time, eventually ending Luis Enrique’s “Rosa” with perseverance and qualifying.
On the other hand, three years after reaching the 2018 World Cup final in Russia, it was an illusion for Luka Modric’s Croatia watching the twilight of its golden age … but a thunderous awakening for Spain, which has finally had its first benchmark game since the start of Spain’s reconstruction project , Which completed the games with spirits and good intentions.
But at 21E The minute of the game, it’s a cool shower: an innocent long back pass from the young Pedri leads to a terrible mistake from Unai Simon. Athletic Bilbao has no control over the goalkeeper and must watch the ball roll towards its net.
It was a big mistake to pour out the aspirations of the Spaniards. And restart Luca Modric et al. With indifference until then, the Croatians intensified their attacks: Modric pierced the area, Nicola Vlasic defended himself to the right, and Matteo Kovacic tried his luck not to enter the area (26).E).
Spain Groggy. And takes ten minutes to recover. But at 38E Minute, Parisian Pablo Sarabia, already a scorer against Slovakia, shoots Dominic Livakovic, who stops Gaya’s first attempt, and Spain equalizes.
The bench enjoys, and “Rosa” takes control of the match before the break. Good walk that continues after the locker room. At 61EOn the first goal, back pass writer Pedri breaks the Croatian line and delivers a millimeter ball to Caesar Azpilicueta, who gives Spain the lead from the head. And fifteen minutes from the end, Ferran Torres adjusts the left ball to achieve Spanish dominance.
Then there will be a step in the Spanish quarters. Ten minutes after the end of control time, the “rose” is at the top of the roller coaster. But the descent will be dizzy.
Morata, this hero
At 85E, After a scramble in the area and passing from Modric, Mislav Orsik narrowed the gap. And at 90E+2, Mario Pasalik puts a powerful header to crucify Unai Simon and lock in overtime.
Although he scored three goals, Unai Simon had his own on several occasions: he was caught in the 67thE, With a right-handed reflex stop on strike from Josco Guardiol, will be decisive in overtime again at 96.E, With another stop on its line.
And on the bench, Louis Enrique also goes through all the emotions. If he bowed his head over the water bottle during the first target he accepted, he celebrated the following enthusiastically, jumping into the hands of the crew.
Weather .Breathe. Croatia were eager to equalize overtime, but Spain controlled the ball.
And this is Alvaro Morata, so since the start of the tournament has been criticized by supporters and the Spanish press, they become the national hero: at 100E, He controls a cross from Danny Olmo at a great distance and sends a missile into Croatian cages to deliver to Spain.
It was mimicked three minutes later by Michael O’Reilly, who closed the qualifier on the quarters.
France and Switzerland have been warned to meet later in the evening to deal with “Rosa” in the quarters. Almost ten years after the historic trio Euro-2008, World-2010, Euro-2012, Spain will do everything to show that Europe is back.