Hello everyone and welcome along to this live blog for this Monday evening’s Euro 2020 last-16 match Croatia vs Spain tie, with Luis Enrique’s side facing a tough test against the World Cup runners-up.
Croatia vs Spain: 3-5
This is the start of our Euro 2020 last-16 live blog for Croatia vs Spain. We’ll have build-up right here, before minute-by-minute updates from Croatia vs Spain. So, follow along with us!
FULL TIME: Croatia 3-5 Spain
Spain are into the quarter-finals! Croatia fought brilliantly to come back from 3-1 down to send the game to extra time, but Morata and Oyarzabal netted in the 30 minutes added on to book La Roja’s place in the last eight. What an incredible match! Spain will face the winner of tonight’s match between France and Switzerland.
Minute 30: Olmo hits the post
Oyarzabal passed up a chance to shoot in order to pick out Olmo, who turned onto his left foot and attempted a shot at goal, but it came back out off the post.
Minute 26: Morata shot saved
Morata found himself almost one on one with Livakovic, but tiredness perhaps began to set in as his relatively weak shot towards the bottom left corner was tipped around the post by the Croatia goalkeeper.
Minute 16: Second half is underway
The second half of extra time has restarted, with Croatia needing two goals to send this to penalties.
HALF TIME: Croatia 3-5 Spain
A brilliant end to the first half of extra time saw Morata and Oyarzabal both get on the scoresheet to give Spain a commanding lead, but Croatia had chances of their own to score early on. It seems that this game is now beyond them, but Croatia won’t give up.
Minute 13: SPAIN SCORE AGAIN!
Olmo picked out Mikel Oyarzabal from the right and the Real Sociedad forward was able to control the ball before quickly firing past Livakovic. Surely Croatia can’t come back from this now. Croatia 3-5 Spain.
Minute 10: MORATA SCORES FOR SPAIN!
Alvaro Morata, the man who has been widely criticised in Spain, has silenced his critics with a terrific goal. Olmo’s cross was well controlled by Morata, who controlled the ball out of the area before firing a left-footed shot past Livakovic. Spain have the lead once again. Croatia 3-4 Spain.
Minute 7: Olmo’s shot is blocked
Jordi Alba laid the ball back into the path of Dani Olmo, whose shot was blocked by Vida. It seemed that Olmo was going to have a chance to score there.
Minute 6: What a save by Unai Simon!
Orsic turned Azpilicueta inside and out before playing a cross across the six-yard box, which was cleared into the path of Kramaric, whose shot was well saved by Unai Simon. Croatia are on top here in extra time.
Minute 2: Orsic just over!
Kramaric’s cross was half-cleared by Laporte into the path of Orsic, whose shot from just outside the area were narrowly over the bar. Unai Simon can breathe a sigh of relief.
Minute 1 (extra time): Here we go!
Thirty minutes of football remains before we potentially head to a penalty shootout. Hopefully we see a repeat of the final 15 minutes – it should be fun.
EXTRA TIME AWAITS: Croatia 3-3 Spain
Spain found themselves 3-1 up in the 76th minute and were coasting, but Croatia never gave up and grabbed two late goals to send the match to extra time. Another 30 minutes awaits, and if we don’t have a goal then, we will have penalties. What a match!
Minute 90+3: GOAL FOR CROATIA!
Croatia have found an equaliser in stoppage time! Pasalic played the ball out to Orsic, who played a pinpoint cross for Pasalic to then head past Unai Simon. Really poor from Spain in a defensive sense, but what a comeback! Croatia 3-3 Spain.
Minute 90: Six minutes added on!
Croatia will be determined to give their all in these final six minutes, while Spain need to show their resolve and hold on.
Minute 85: GOAL FOR CROATIA!
There could be an exciting finish here in Copenhagen, as Croatia have pulled one back. Modric played a pass across the six-yard box and Orsic was there to fire across the line, although Spain thought they had cleared it. The referee’s watch showed that it had crossed the line, though. Croatia 2-3 Spain.
Minute 84: Olmo with a chance to score
Dani Olmo tried lifting the ball over former Dinamo Zagreb teammate Livakovic but didn’t get enough weight on it. That could end up being a pivotal chance.
Minute 76: GOAL FOR SPAIN!
Almost straight out of an injury break for Gaya, Pau Torres’ long pass in the direction of Ferran saw the Spain forward get there before Gvardiol before firing past Livakovic. La Roja can start thinking about the quarter-finals. Croatia 1-3 Spain.
Minute 74: Attacking change for Croatia
Croatia boss Zlatko Dalic has taken off a defender in Josip Juranovic and brought on Josip Brekalo.
Minute 72: Morata scores… but it’s offside
Koke’s deep free kick was headed back across the box by Laporte, which led to Ferran shooting and then Morata squeezing in the rebound from close range, but the Spain striker was narrowly offside. It remains a one-goal game.
Minute 71: Luis Enrique makes two changes
Pablo Sarabia and Eric Garcia have been withdrawn for Spain, with Dani Olmo – who spent his formative years in Croatia – and Pau Torres coming on.
Minute 67: Unai Simon makes a good save
Josko Gvardiol received the ball inside Spain’s area and was able to get a shot away, but Unai Simon got a strong hand to it. Azpilicueta did well to put pressure on Gvardiol as he made the shot.
Minute 66: First change of the game
Mislav Orsic has replaced Ante Rebic for Croatia. Tottenham fans may remember Orsic from their Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb, as he netted a hat-trick for the Croatian side on the night.
Minute 57: GOAL FOR SPAIN!
Cesar Azpilicueta bombed forward and was picked out by Ferran Torres, who crossed for the right-back to head home his first goal for La Roja from close range. Croatia 1-2 Spain.
Minute 55: New ball requested
A tackle by Caleta-Car on Morata led to a strange noise coming from the ball, which has resulted in the referee requesting a new one. Spain continue to push forward in this second half.
Minute 46: Croatia kick off the second half
Croatia have got us back underway. Can either team find a winning goal in this second half, or will we be going to extra time? Stay along with us to find out.
HALF TIME: Croatia 1-1 Spain
A horrific mistake by Unai Simon gave Croatia the lead after 20 minutes, but Spain hit back 18 minutes later through Pablo Sarabia. La Roja dominated much of the half, but there was clearly an initial drop in confidence after they conceded. The equaliser made them start to believe again.
Minute 45+1: Morata shoots… but it’s over!
Spain worked a good move involving Cesar Azpilicueta, Koke and Sarabia, which led to Morata receiving the ball on the edge of the box, but the striker’s shot flew over the crossbar.
Minute 44: Spain regain control
Since Spain’s equaliser, Luis Enrique’s side have had more of the ball and seem to be playing with more tranquillity.
Minute 38: GOAL FOR SPAIN!
Spain kept going after having a couple of chances in the box, with Livakovic palming Gaya’s shot into the path of Sarabia, who made sure to fire into the back of the net. Croatia 1-1 Spain.
Minute 35: Spain playing with more caution
Spain seem to be losing some of the 50:50 battles now and are playing a lot deeper than they were in the opening 15-20 minutes of the game. Luis Enrique will be keen for La Roja to regain dominance of the ball in order to start dictating the play again.
Minute 25: Croatia certainly more confident now
Croatia are beginning to attack with more intent now, with Nikola Vlasic coming close after being put through by an excellent outside-of-the-foot pass by Modric. Vlasic could only fire his shot into the side netting.
Minute 20: GOAL FOR CROATIA!
Pedri played a pass back to Unai Simon from 40 yards out, but the Spain goalkeeper took his eye off it and that allowed the ball to make its way into the back of the net. Terrible mistake by Unai Simon. Croatia 1-0 Spain.
Minute 19: Morata comes close
Ferran Torres’ whips in a brilliant cross from the right-hand that Alvaro Morata got his head to, but it went down onto Vida’s hand and away. The Croatia defender was too close for it to be given, though. Correct decision.
Minute 16: Big save by Livakovic!
Pedri plays a wonderful pass in behind Domagoj Vida and Caleta-Car, which allowed Koke to get a free shot at goal from 12 yards out, but Livakovic made a good stop to deny the Spain midfielder. It remains goalless in Copenhagen.
Minute 13: Sarabia shoots into side netting
Sergio Busquets found Alvaro Morata in the area and the Spain striker then laid it off for Pablo Sarabia, whose shot went into the side netting. La Roja are playing with some confidence this evening.
Minute 10: Eric Garcia gets a talking to
Eric Garcia was late as he came in on Bruno Petkovic from behind, which led to the Spain centre-back getting a talking to by the referee. No card was shown.
Minute 8: Spain domination early on
Most of the play has been in Croatia’s half early on, with Spain dominating a lot of the ball, as you might expect. Croatia seem to be set up well defensively, though.
Minute 2: First half-chance of the game
Jose Luis Gaya got forward from left-back and was almost picked out by Aymeric Laporte, but Croatia goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic came out and got to the ball first.
Minute 1: Spain kick things off
Here we go! Stay with us for the latest updates from the Croatia vs Spain match in Copenhagen. It should be a good one.
17:55 CEST: Look out for Pedri
Pedri has become a household name for many across Europe over the last year, but it’s staggering just how good he is for a player that young. In fact, the 18-year-old – who was born on November 25, 2002 – has now beaten Wayne Rooney’s record as the youngest player to start a knockout match at the European Championship.
17:50 CEST: Croatia fans hope
Croatia are the underdogs for this evening’s match against Spain, but with a midfield trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic, their supporters will fancy their chances.
17:40 CEST: The players are here
Both teams have now arrived at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen ahead of this evening’s match. It should be a good one, but let us know who you think will advance in our poll below.
17:20 CEST: Croatia’s XI is here
Croatia have made two changes from the team that beat Scotland 3-1 in their final group-stage match, as Duje Caleta-Car and Ante Rebic have come in for Dejan Lovren and Ivan Perisic, with the latter having tested positive for COVID-19.
16:50 CEST: Spain’s starting XI confirmed
Luis Enrique has decided on his starting XI against Croatia which, as ever, will come with plenty of opinions. Eric Garcia retains his place ahead of Pau Torres, as does Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back ahead of Marcos Llorente. Jose Luis Gaya comes in for Jordi Alba, while Ferran Torres enters the line-up in place of Gerard Moreno.