Spain beats Croatia in the eight goals meeting
Spain halted a remarkable comeback for Croatia to win 5-3 in a thrilling European Championship Round of 16 match on Monday, thanks to the doubles of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal in extra time. Spain, the three-time European champion, will meet the winner of the France-Switzerland match, Friday, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The original time of the match ended in a 3-3 draw, with goals starting when Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon disastrously failed to control a weak pass returned to him by his colleague Pedri, to give Croatia a surprising lead. It seemed that Spain achieved what was required when Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres scored 3 goals, to advance 3-1 with a quarter of an hour before the end of the match. But Mislav Orcic reduced the difference 5 minutes before the end, and Mario Pasalic scored a 3-3 equalizer in stoppage time. Spain’s double came in extra time, after Simon saved a dangerous opportunity to deprive Croatia of a progress that would have turned the game around.