European Championship - Group D
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Croatia 2-1 Spain

Spain will play Italy in the last 16 of Euro 2016 after a late Croatia winner condemned them to second in Group D.

Spain took the lead when Cesc Fabregas dinked the ball over keeper Danijel Subasic and Alvaro Morata tapped in.

An Ivan Rakitic lob hit the woodwork for Croatia, who equalised when Nikola Kalinic turned in Ivan Perisic's cross.

Subasic saved a Sergio Ramos penalty and Perisic's late winner gave Croatia, who finished top of the group, a tie against a third-placed qualifier.

Perisic lashed in an 87th-minute shot in a thrilling match to inflict Spain's first defeat in 15 games at the European Championship since losing to Portugal in Euro 2004.

Croatia will now play on Saturday in Lens, while Spain's mouth-watering tie against Italy - a repeat of the 2012 final - will take place on Monday in Paris.

Relive Croatia v Spain

Nikola Kalinic
Spain conceded their first goal after 735 minutes at the Euros when Kalinic scored

Spain's defence looks suspect

This was an eagerly anticipated game because of the quality at Croatia's disposal and the type of test they were expected to give the reigning champions.

From that point of view, Croatia pressed and pushed further up than Spain's previous opponents - Turkey and the Czech Republic - and, despite going behind, caused plenty of moments of uncertainty at the back for Vicente del Bosque's side.

Spain centre-back Ramos gave the ball away early on and Perisic had a shot palmed away by keeper David de Gea.

De Gea was then dispossessed by Kalinic and the ball fell to Rakitic, whose chip hit the crossbar and the post before bouncing the wrong side of the post for Croatia.

Spain again dominated possession but their resistance was finally broken when they conceded their first goal in 735 minutes at the Euros as Kalinic stole in front of Ramos to turn in Perisic's left-wing cross.

A weak punch from De Gea led to him having to save Tin Jedvaj's shot before Marko Pjaca sent an overhead kick wide.

Spain's keeper and their defence looked vulnerable when exposed before they were caught out on the counter-attack, with Perisic's strike beating De Gea at his near post.

Spain's heatmap (right) shows they had plenty of possession in midfield but failed to turn it into goals
Spain's heatmap (right) shows they had plenty of possession in midfield but failed to turn it into goals

Croatia's strength in depth

Croatia coach Ante Cacic made five changes while his team were without key midfielder Luka Modric and striker Mario Mandzukic through injury.

Nevertheless, they managed to provide further evidence they pose a danger to any team in the tournament by not only showing character to come back from a goal down but discipline in defence and a threat when going forward.

Perisic and captain Darijo Srna are key to their play with their energetic running on the flanks and ability to whip in dangerous crosses, like the one which led to the equaliser.

Croatia, who left Ramos unmarked twice from crosses only for him to fail to get his headers on target, were angered by the penalty award for Sime Vrsaljko's challenge on David Silva and will have felt justice was done when Subasic, who was three yards off his goal-line, saved.

In another plus for Croatia, there was no trouble from their fans following the crowd unrest and throwing of flares on to the pitch which marred their draw with Czech Republic.

Man of the match - Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic scores Croatia's winner against Spain
Only Davor Suker (10 - nine goals, one assist) has been involved in more goals for Croatia in major tournaments than Ivan Perisic (seven - four goals, three assists)

'We have to rise to the situation'

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque: "The players were sat in silence. They don't enjoy losing. We had the game under control, I'm not going to defend our performance excessively but I think we played quite well.

"We didn't hold on to the ball as well as we should have [before the winning goal] and weren't ready for the counter attack. But we're still in the competition, we are not on the path we wanted to be but we have to rise to the situation."

Croatia boss Ante Cacic: "This team is like our nation. The players have shown how to represent your country and how to behave.

"I wanted to play the next match with really fresh players. It's a huge achievement, and now we can be even more self-confident."

Pundit analysis

Former Wales forward and BBC Radio 5 live summariser John Hartson: "I think Croatia have deserved it, Spain have played some good football, easy on the eye, but they were not clinical enough in front of goal."

The stats you need to know

  • This is the first time Spain have ever lost a game in a Euro finals tournament after being ahead.
  • Sergio Ramos is the first Spanish player to miss a penalty at a European Championship since Raul v France in 2000.
  • Cesc Fabregas has been involved in more goals than any other Spaniard at Euro finals (three goals, five assists).

Line-ups

Croatia

  • 23Subasic
  • 11SrnaBooked at 70mins
  • 5Corluka
  • 6Jedvaj
  • 2VrsaljkoBooked at 70mins
  • 15RogBooked at 29minsSubstituted forKovacicat 82'minutes
  • 19Badelj
  • 4PerisicBooked at 88minsSubstituted forKramaricat 90+4'minutes
  • 7Rakitic
  • 20PjacaSubstituted forCopat 90+2'minutes
  • 16Kalinic

Substitutes

  • 1Vargic
  • 3Strinic
  • 8Kovacic
  • 9Kramaric
  • 10Modric
  • 12Kalinic
  • 13Schildenfeld
  • 14Brozovic
  • 17Mandzukic
  • 18Coric
  • 21Vida
  • 22Cop

Spain

  • 13de Gea
  • 16Juanfran
  • 3Piqué
  • 15Ramos
  • 18Alba
  • 10FàbregasSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 84'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 6Iniesta
  • 21Silva
  • 7MorataSubstituted forAdurizat 67'minutes
  • 22NolitoSubstituted forBrunoat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 4Bartra
  • 8Koke
  • 9Vázquez
  • 11Pedro
  • 12Bellerín
  • 14Thiago Alcántara
  • 17San José
  • 19Bruno
  • 20Aduriz
  • 23Rico
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
37,245

Match Stats

Home TeamCroatiaAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Croatia 2, Spain 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Croatia 2, Spain 1.

Offside, Croatia. Ivan Rakitic tries a through ball, but Duje Cop is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Andrej Kramaric replaces Ivan Perisic.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Duje Cop replaces Marko Pjaca.

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Spain).

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sergio Ramos (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nikola Kalinic (Croatia).

Booking

Ivan Perisic (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Croatia 2, Spain 1. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Kalinic following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Aduriz (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Thiago Alcántara replaces Cesc Fàbregas.

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Spain).

Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Croatia. Mateo Kovacic replaces Marko Rog.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Vedran Corluka (Croatia) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Spain) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Darijo Srna.

Sergio Ramos (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Perisic (Croatia).

Attempt missed. Ivan Rakitic (Croatia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Aduriz (Spain).

Milan Badelj (Croatia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Penalty saved! Sergio Ramos (Spain) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Darijo Srna (Croatia) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty Spain. David Silva draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Sime Vrsaljko (Croatia) after a foul in the penalty area.

Sergio Ramos (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darijo Srna (Croatia).

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Spain).

Darijo Srna (Croatia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Spain) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by David Silva with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Vedran Corluka.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Aduriz replaces Álvaro Morata.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Milan Badelj.

Attempt blocked. Jordi Alba (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Bruno replaces Nolito.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104137
2Switzerland31202115
3Albania310213-23
4Romania301224-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32016336
2England31203215
3Slovakia31113304
4Russia301226-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32103037
2Poland32102027
3Northern Ireland31022203
4Ukraine300305-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32105327
2Spain32015236
3Turkey310224-23
4Czech Rep301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22003036
2Belgium21013213
3Sweden201112-11
4R. of Ireland201114-31

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary21103124
2Iceland20202202
3Portugal20201102
4Austria201102-21
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