Croatia gives England oxygen after beating Spain
Overly complicated match for the Spanish National Team in Zagreb, where they lost 3-2 with a last-minute winner and gave England one last breath.The UEFA Europa League A’s Group 4 where we have England, Croatia, and Spain, went through a major plot twist this Thursday after the World Cup runners-up defeated the Spaniards dramatically.Luis Enrique’s squad now has two consecutive defeats after today, one that leaves them in an incredibly difficult situation for next Sunday and completely out of their hands.A win in Zagreb today against Croatia, would’ve given them the direct ticket to the League A’s final four but Dalic’s side had the support from their fans and never surrendered.Most of the action went down during the second half, all the goals were even scored during the final half hour of the game and it was a real nail-biter because the Spaniards refused to falter until the very last minute when the locals were able to get that result they wanted so badly.Almost at the same time, the England National Team had one eye on their friendly match against the United States, and another one on this match as they were rooting for Croatia’s victory in order to stay alive in the competition.🇭🇷🇪🇸What a match. What a win. Congratulations!#BeProud #NationsLeague #CROESP #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/5DNROKzSTK— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) November 15, 2018After a two-year ban that their supporters had to endure due to their hooligan problem, Croatia was finally able to play a very different match as they were coming back to their people for the first time after reaching the World Cup final last summer.Having the support from everybody in the stadium meant the world to them, it motivated them and kept them as the dominant side throughout the whole 90 minutes of the match.Despite not having scored during the first half, Croatia created many interesting chances that De Gea saved for the most part with a Spanish defense that was against the ropes.Finally, after ten minutes into the second half, Perisic recovered a ball in a very dangerous zone for Spain and he saw Kramaric in a very advantageous position to hurt the Spaniards.The forward didn’t fail when he sent his strike, Croatia was ahead in the scoreline but the match was just getting started. We were in for quite an incredible game, with everybody on the edge of their seat and hoping for more goals.📺 RESUMEN | Echa un vistazo a las mejores jugadas del partido ante los croatas en Zagreb. 🇭🇷 #CRO 3-2 🇪🇸 #ESP👉🏻 https://t.co/Vnnstq9a5N#UnaNuevaIlusión pic.twitter.com/nfTuUCYKFRCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) November 15, 2018It took Spain only two minutes to react, they got the equalizer through Dani Ceballos after Isco assisted him with a cross from the left flank. Game on!After another two clear missed chances from Rakitic and Rebic, Luka Modric was able to find Jedvaj’s head before the 70th minute of the match and gave Croatia the lead one more time.Eight minutes later, Vrisaljko wasn’t able to prevent the ball hitting his arm inside the box and the referee decided to call a penalty.Sergio Ramos stood up on the spot again, but he didn’t do a Panenka this time and scored with a potent low shot that the goalkeeper wasn’t able to save.The Spaniards were able to maintain the draw, which left them in a better position than they were with a loss, but the match wasn’t over yet.The hero of the night was Jedvaj again, who was right on the spot as David de Gea deflected a strong shot from Brekalo and gave Croatia the chance to win the match with a final 3-2 result.This win leaves everything for the last match between the Croatian side and England next Sunday. Whoever wins takes all, and only a draw would give Spain the ticket to the final four. What a great competition this has turned out to be.✅ That feeling when you score your first two international goals to defeat @SeFutbol deep into added time. 🇭🇷🇪🇸⚽️⚽️ Well done, Tin Jedvaj! 👏#BeProud #Croatia #Family #Vatreni🔥 pic.twitter.com/4kahEjKahQ— HNS | CFF (@HNS_CFF) November 15, 2018What was your favorite moment of Croatia vs Spain match from this Thursday? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.