Spain finishes off Croatia in extra time to secure spot in Quarters

Mikel Oyarzabal, right, celebrates after scoring the fifth goal for Spain. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/AP

Spain beats Croatia 5-3 to secure a spot in UEFA Euro 2020 quarter finals.

A game filled with surprises, excitement and drama kicked off on the 20th minute with an own goal by Spain. Keeper Unai Simon made a huge error as Pedri’s back pass ended in the back of the net with Simon failing to control the ball.

However, they weren’t behind for long, Sarabia equalized on the 38th minute of the game. Cezar Azpilicueta took the lead for Spain inside the first 10 minutes of the second half. Ferran Torres scored the third, while Croatia players were trying to settle after a water break.

Things took a turn with less than six minutes to play from regular time as Croatia’s Orisic scored a goal giving some hope for the World Cup runner-ups. Croatia scored again in the stoppage time of the second half, forcing the game to go into extra time.

Spain took charge in the first half of the extra time, minutes after goalkeeper Unai Simon made a huge save to deny Croatia lead for the second time of the game. Alvaro Morata scored in 100th minute of the game, followed by substitute Oyarzabal three minutes later to extend the lead back to two goals.

Luis Enrique’s team will face the winner of the upcoming match between France and Switzerland in the quarter finals on Friday, 2nd of July.