Spain, boring? The Spaniards are via to the quarter-finals of Euro 2020 with a 5-Three victory over Croatia – however that hardly tells the story.
The Croats got here from two-goals down with 5 minutes of regular time remaining as Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic surprised La Roja to someway power extra-time.
However there was to be no fairytale as a shocking Alvaro Morata purpose and one other from Mikel Oyarzabal ensured a Spanish victory.
It seemed like Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta and Man City’s Ferran Torres accomplished a turnaround for Spain earlier, in a roller-coaster match which noticed each groups come from behind.
Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon failed to manage a easy again go from Pedri and watched in horror because the ball trickled into his personal web within the 20th minute.
La Roja overcame the error and made their dominance pay quickly after, with Serabia equalising after waves of stress earlier than half-time.
Azpilicueta rounded off a fantastic staff transfer after the break, heading dwelling from a Torres cross to web his first ever worldwide purpose and turn out to be Spain’s oldest ever Euros scorer at 31 years and 304 days.
Then Torres obtained a purpose of his personal, capitalising on some sloppy Croatia defending and seemingly placing the sport to mattress.
However the sport was removed from completed because the Croats, regardless of hardly having a shot within the sport, arrange a tense end when Mislav Orsic pulled one again with the assistance of goal-line know-how after a scramble within the Spain field.
With such little time remaining, Spain have been nonetheless sturdy favourites, till Mario Pasalic struck within the second minute of harm time.
The Atalanta star, who spent six years on the books at Chelsea however by no means made an look, proved his price on the most important stage possible.
Sadly, their heroics would in the end be in useless as Spain confirmed their class in extra-time.
Morata silenced his critics with an unimaginable left-footed volley, earlier than Oyarzabal doubled the lead.
Nevertheless, talking on commentary for talkSPORT, former England winger Trevor Sinclair stated: “I nonetheless don’t wish to say it’s over!”
In the long run, it was, however Croatia depart the event with their heads held excessive, having gifted the impartial the very best match of Euro 2020 thus far.
As for Spain, changing into the primary staff in historical past to attain 5 in two consecutive Euros matches is hardly the mark of this boring staff everybody was banging on about.