Croatia 2-1 Spain Croatia provided late heroics as they came from behind to beat Spain and top Group D with a 2-1 win in Bordeaux. ...
Croatia 2-1 Spain
Croatia provided late heroics as they came from behind to beat Spain and top Group D with a 2-1 win in Bordeaux.
Alvaro Morata had given Spain the perfect start with a seventh minute goal, but Nikola Kalinic levelled and Sergio Ramos had a penalty saved before Ivan Perisic scored late on after a devastating counter.
The 2-1 defeat means Spain finish second to Croatia and will meet Italy in the round of 16 on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.
Morata opened the scoring in just the seventh minute as the forward stole in to poke home Cesc Fabregas’ effort from virtually on the goal-line.
Morata had the best chance to do just that but he wasted a chance with a poor touch having been slipped in by Fabregas just before the break. Croatia made them pay as they levelled on the stroke of half-time when Perisic crossed for Kalinic to flick home past De Gea.
Referee Bjorn Kuipers awarded a soft spot-kick to Spain as Andres Iniesta’s lofted pass into Silva led to the Manchester City man going down under pressure from Sime Vrsaljko.
Justice was done as Subasic saved Ramos’ penalty, although it led to more controversy as the goalkeeper was almost six yards off his line by the time the Real Madrid man struck his effort.
And it was Croatia who ended the night as group winners as Kalinic found Perisic, whose low drive beat De Gea – with the 25-year-old again not at his best.
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Perisic's winnerIt's 1-1 with #CRO edging closer to a winner.— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 21, 2016
Victory would send them top of Group D.
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Ramos penalty missHere is it! Ivan Perisic's late winner ends Spain's run of 4,385 days without a loss at the Euros. #EURO2016 https://t.co/PvdwLy2uvZ— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 21, 2016
Watch this!— Wolexis (@wolexis) June 21, 2016
Modric tells Srna to inform Subasic where Ramos will hit his penalty. Busquets sees this & tells Ramos. pic.twitter.com/6rDtAxkgG3
Turkey 2-0 Czech Republic
Turkey recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over the Czech Republic in Lens to ensure they finished in third place in Group D.
Burak Yilmaz gave them a perfect start as he bagged inside ten minutes, before Ozan Tufan added a second with 25 minutes left to leave the Czechs bottom.
Turkey’s first points of the tournament, in their final Group D game in Lens, also gave them hope of progressing to the next stage as one of the best third-placed teams.
After defeats by Croatia and Spain, Turkey knew they would have to win by at least two goals to keep their tournament alive. They achieved that with strikes in each half from Yilmaz and Tufan.
Had they scored four they would have gone through immediately but, while they must now wait on other results, Northern Ireland can prepare for the knockout stages. The Czechs meanwhile slip to the bottom and hence are heading home