Croatia 3-5 Spain summary: score, goals, highlights, Euro 2020
Croatia 3-5 Spain: as it happened
Spain are the first side to score at least 5 goals in two different games in a single Major Tournament edition (Euro + World Cup) since Brazil in the 1958 World Cup (5-2 vs France in Semifinals & vs Sweden in the Final). (Opta)
Spain vs France or Switzerland
Spain are through to the quarter-finals!
AET: Croatia 3-5 Spain
It's almost SIX for Spain...
OLMO OFF THE POST!
Spain happy to run down the clock now.
Just two minutes to go, and Croatia need two!
Livakovic gets a touch on Morata's near post effort. it remains 3-5.
MORATA GOES CLOSE!
Will that be the last time we see Luka Modric in a Croatia shirt?
Pedri gives it wide to Olmo. Fabian Ruiz passes it back to Alba, and it goes all the way right back to Unai Simón. It's a zero-risk game for the next few minutes for Spain.
Spain have become the first team in European Championship history to score five goals in back to back games.
10 minutes left!
It's almost 4-5, but the Osasuna striker's effort just creeps wide of Unai Simón's left-hand post.
Extra-time goals from Morata and Oyarzabal have given Spain a two-goal cushion with 15 minutes remaining.
And we're underway for the second half of extra-time.
Half-time in extra-time: Croatia 3-5 Spain
Croatia 3-5 Spain
Oyarzabal scores a fifth!
The Real Sociedad captain drills a low effort into the near corner.
Morata silences the critics with an outstanding goal. He takes it down on his chest, before unleashing a smashing left-footed volley into the top corner.
CROATIA 3-4 SPAIN
Olmo sees his effort blocked. Spain go up the other end and have their chance but Olmo fails to make it count.
The big keeper makes a fine stop to prevent a Croatia fourth.
UNAI SIMÓN KEEPS SPAIN ALIVE!
Orsic curls a shot inches over the bar. 3-3
Spain really should be out of sight, however they have another 30 minutes to grab a fourth. Croatia will be fully confident too. Intriguing stuff!
We're underway in extra-time!
Well, Spain may have thrown it all away!
From 1-3 up to 3-3 in just eight minutes, Croatia have given themselves a huge chance of progressing, having looked dead and buried in the 85th minute.
FT: Croatia 3-3 Spain
Extra-time it is!
There are just 60 seconds remaining.
Pasalic heads home to score Croatia's third and there could well be extra-time here.
Croatia go long to Budimir. The ball falls to Kramaric - he sends his volley wide. And then the linesman flags for offside.
There will be six minutes of added-on time.
OFF Ferran Torres
ON Mikel Oyarzabal
Orsic bundles it over the line to give Croatia hope with just over five minutes to play.
Croatia 2-3 Spain
Croatia have lacked quality in the final third and Gvardiol will be having nightmares about that Ferran Torres goal tonight.
Spain have a two goal lead as we enter the final 10+ minutes.
OFF Koke, Gaya
ON Fabián, Jordi Alba
Croatia 1-3 Spain
Ferran Torres drifts in off the right, takes it on his chest, before slipping it between Livakovic's legs.
Dani Olmo, who just came on for Spain, was at Dinamo Zagreb between 2014 and January 2020, when he signed for Leipzig.
Olmo's Dinamo team-mates included Dominik Livaković (2016–20), Mislav Oršić and Bruno Petković (2018–20), Joško Gvardiol and Luka Ivanušec (2019/20).
Morata taps in off the post to make it 1-3 to Spain. The referee calls the offside almost immediately.
MORATA GOAL OFFSIDE
OFF Sarabia & Eric García
ON Dani Olmo & Pau Torres
Kramaric is through on goal. Unai Simón saves from the sub, who is called offside.
There is still plenty of time for the Croatians to find an equaliser. Spain are currently knocking it around and in no rush. Croatia are less compact than before, as they seek to hit Spain on the counter.
Modric nudges Morata to the ground. Spain free!
Spain have come from 1-0 down and shown great character to turn things around. It's Azpilicueta's first ever goal for La Roja.
Croatia 1-2 Spain
It's an excellent header by Azpilicueta, getting on the end of the left wing cross by Ferran Torres.
All six of Spain’s goals in the Euro 2020 group stage were scored by different players, including two own goals. Indeed, Spain were the highest scoring side in the round not to see a player score more than once.
The referee has stopped the game. We need a new ball!
Spain haven't conceded more than one goal in their last 27 games.
Croatia are pressing slightly higher in this half. Spain are now looking to play over the top to Morata.
Koke sends in another free-kick. Vida clears. Spain recycle it once again.
Croatia's record in eight matches against Spain is W3 D1 L4.
They were without a win in four meetings before 2016, where goals from Nikola Kalinić (45) and Ivan Perišić (87) overturned Álvaro Morata's seventh-minute opener and ensured Croatia finished above Spain in the final group table.
Croatia get us underway for the second half.
Kramaric is on for Petkovic.
The players are back out for the second half.
Pablo Sarabia's 39th minute goal sees the sides go in level at the break. A very interesting first half. Spain the team on top so far.
HT: Croatia 1-1 Spain
The ball falls to Koke in the second phase, about 30 yards out. The 29-year-old smashes his effort low, hard and wide.
Koke tries once, Croatia clear. Koke tries a second corner, it's cleared again.
More good play from Sarabia results in a corner for Spain.
It's a good time for Spain to score, just before half-time, and they fully deserve it.
Croatia 1-1 Spain
It's two goals in two games for Sarabia, who smashes home from close range after a mix up in the box.
Ferran Torres takes on Gvardiol in a 1v1 down the right and eanrs himself a corner. The ball falls to Gaya on the edge of the box. He drives it into the box, it flies off Azpilicueta, and goes wide.
Things have started to calm down at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after a very lively opening half hour. 0-0
Sarabia's corner is cleared away. Croatia are not giving much away this evening.
Remember the winners of this tie will play France or Switzerland in the first quarter-final in Saint Petersburg on 2 July.
Spain will be looking to continue as they left off before conceding the own goal through Unai Simón. They've been comfortable so far. Ferran Torres remains their biggest threat down the right.
Kovacic blasts over from 20 yards. It's end to end here and remains 1-0 to Croatia.
Rebic does really well to hold off Eric Garcia. He's at a tight angle on the right-hand side of the box. Unai Simón comes across Rebic lets fly into the side-netting. Another superb through ball from Luka Modric.
Just before the own goal, Morata had a superb chance, but placed his header into the ground from six yards.
Spain find themselves a goal down totally against the run of play.
Croatia 1-0 Spain (Unai Simón OG)
Pedri passes it back to Unai Simón, who totally miscontrols the pass and it ends up in the net.
Disaster for Spain!
The Atlético captain couldn't believe his luck, clean through in the 6-yard box, he's not the most prolific, but he will be devastated with his weak effort.
What a chance for Koke!
Koke is one on one with Livakovic and places it straight into his hands. It's by far the best chance of the game so far.
The majority of the play has been in Croatia's half in the opening quarter of an hour. Spain, once again, dominating possession.
Gaya flies down the left, before sending a dangerous cross into the box. Kovacic clears. Spain regain possession, Morata drives into the inside left channel, picks out Sarabia, who unleashes his left-footed effort high into the side-netting.
Spain have a good spell of possession in the centre of the pitch. Ferran Torres eventually wins a free for La Roja out on the right wing. Koke takes the resulting free. Azpilicueta heads the cross on target but it's an easy one for Livakovic. 0-0
Croatia last faced Spain in any competition during the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League.
While the Croatians won the most recent of those two meetings (3-2 in November 2018), they lost the other 6-0 in September 2018, a result that remains their heaviest ever defeat in international football.
Free-kick to Spain. Sarabia whips it in, Vida clears the danger.
Luis Enrique has left some big names out this evening; Marcos Llorente, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba and Gerard Moreno all miss out.
Croatia have set up in a 4-2-3-1. Luis Enrique sticks to his 4-3-3 system.
Spain setting their stall out quite early. Croatia looking compact already, expecting to have less possession than their opponents this evening.
Spain get us underway at the Parken stadium in Copenhagen!
Croatia's national anthem begins in the Danish evening sun.
And now for the Spain national anthem.
The players make their way onto the field!
Luis Enrique's Spain have played all three Group E games at the Estadio La Cartuja in Seville, opening with that goalless draw against eventual Group winners Sweden before being held 1-1 by Poland.
They found their scoring touch in the third game, against Slovakia, winning 5-0 – the first time Spain had scored five goals in a Euro finals game and the joint biggest margin of victory overall at a UEFA European Championship.
- 1 Dominik Livakovic
- 25 Gvardiol
- 21 Vida
- 5 Caleta-Car
- 22 Juranovic
- 11 Brozovic
- 8 Kovacic
- 10 Modric
- 13 Nikola Vlasic
- 20 Petkovic
- 17 Ante Rebic
Spain starting XI
- 23 Unai Simón
- 24 Laporte
- 12 Eric Garcia
- 14 Gayá
- 2 Azpilicueta
- 26 Pedri
- 5 Busquets
- 8 Koke
- 22 Sarabia
- 11 Ferrán Torres
- 7 Morata
Luka Modric - Croatia's most capped player.
Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Photo by Martin Meissner / AFP.
Kick-off is just over 15 minutes away in Copenhagen!
"Fortunately, we have more options in Perisic's position"
Croatia must quickly get over the news of winger Ivan Perisic's positive test for covid-19 and, with plenty of replacements on hand, focus on Monday's Euro 2020 round-of-16 clash with Spain, coach Zlatko Dalic said.
Perisic, who drove Croatia's effort in the group stage and scored in their 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic and 3-1 win over Scotland, is in self-isolation after testing positive on Saturday but Dalic refused to complain.
"Perisic is hard to replace and he's been our key player in the group stage but this can happen and we have to adapt," the 54-year-old coach told a news conference on Sunday.
"Fortunately, we have more options in Perisic's position than in any other at this tournament so whoever steps in should be able to do a good job.
"Whether it's Mislav Orsic, Josip Brekalo, Ante Rebic or Andrej Kramaric, we will try to take the game to Spain and prevent them from keeping possession because sitting back will get us nowhere.
"They also like to press high up the field when they don't have the ball, it's their style rooted in how Barcelona and Real Madrid play. It's going to be tough but I am confident that we have it in us to beat them."
Spain - 4 wins
Croatia - 3 wins
Match venue: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark
Capacity: 38,065 (reduced to 25% - 33% capacity, subject to increase)
Games: Group stage & last 16 (four games)
Year built: 1992
(Photo by Stuart Franklin / AFP)
Ferran Torres starts
Ferran Torres' scored Spain's fourth in the 5-0 win over Slovakia. Luis Enrique has given the City forward the nod over Gerard Moreno.
(Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
This is Spain's fourth game at Parken Stadium, where their record is W1 D1 L1, all against Denmark.
Their most recent trip brought a 3-0 friendly win in August 2008, Xabi Alonso scoring twice and Xavi Hernández once for the just-crowned European champions. (uefa.com)
Luis Enrique makes changes from 5-0 win over Slovakia
Spain boss Luis Enrique has made a couple of changes for the 16 clash with Croatia this evening.
José Gayà comes in for Jordi Alba at left-back.
Ferran Torres starts in place of Gerard Moreno in attack.
No Perisic for Croatia
Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic has tested positive for Covid-19 and will miss the Euro 2020 last 16 clash with Spain as a result. He is currently spending 10 days in self-isolation.
Spain XI vs Croatia
Unai Simón - Azpilicueta, Eric García, Laporte, Gayà - Busquets, Koke, Pedri - Ferran Torres, Morata, Sarabia.
Previous meetings: Croatia
Croatia's record in eight matches against Spain is W3 D1 L4.
They were without a win in four meetings before Euro 2016, where goals from Nikola Kalinić (45) and Ivan Perišić (87) overturned Álvaro Morata's seventh-minute opener and ensured Croatia finished above Spain in the final group table.
AS English predictions:
Paul: Croatia 1-2 Spain
Kieran: Spain to advance in extra-time
Dani Olmo: "Croatia is not just Modric"
Spain's players know Luka Modric all too well after nine magical seasons with Real Madrid although they will not be able to count on any inside information on the midfielder as Luis Enrique decided not to include any Real players in his squad.
"He is their motor, the heartbeat of Croatia who conducts their orchestra. All their play goes through his feet," Olmo said. "But Croatia is not just Modric."
Olmo also said that unlike Sweden, Poland and Slovakia, Croatia are likely to come out and attack Spain and not just defend, which could play into their hands after struggling in their first two group games. Olmo, who moved from Barcelona's academy to Dinamo in 2015 before signing for Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig in 2020, also revealed that the Croatian federation had tried to get him to switch nationalities.
"There was some interest and I have a lot of affection for Croatia, but it was always my dream to play for Spain," he said.
Croatia vs Spain
Croatia and Spain face off for the first time in a tournament knockout encounter. Both sides progressed to the knockout stage with impressive wins, Croatia claiming second place in Group D with a 3-1 defeat of Scotland in Glasgow, while Spain had a convincing 5-0 win against Slovakia in Seville.
The winners of this tie will play France or Switzerland in the first quarter-final in Saint Petersburg on 2 July.
The champagne football certainly flowed in Spain's 5-0 win over Slovakia as coach Luis Enrique had promised after dull draws with Sweden and Poland but his side had the luck of facing an accommodating opponent and Croatia will not be so generous.
"In every sport they play, Croatians are always very competitive, they are lion-hearted and give everything for their country," said Spain forward Dani Olmo, who spent five years at Croatia's premier club Dinamo Zagreb.
"They really appreciate every objective they achieve. They have proven themselves in this Euros and in other tournaments, they thrive in difficult situations. There's no favourite in this fixture, it's anyone's game."
Croatia vs Spain live: welcome
Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of this Euro 2020 last 16 fixture as Croatia and Spain face each other for a place in the quarter-finals at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. Kick-off is at 18:00 CEST.