22 June 2016
Croatia’s resilient display against Spain on Tuesday in their final Group D match at the ongoing Euro 2016 saw the Croatians swap positions at the top of Group D – Croatia finishing first while Spain dropped to second.
The match which ended 2 – 1 in favour of Croatia means Spain, the second placed team in the group, will now face Italy on Monday in a last 16 fixture.
Monday’s fixture to be played in Paris will be a repeat of the Euro 2012 final. Spain won that fixture by a lone goal, thanks to Fernando Torres.
Going over his team’s performance, Spain coach, Vicente Del Bosque lamented: “We had the game more or less controlled. We made errors and they punished us. We have to get over this.”
Despite the disappointing performance by Spain – most notably from De Gea who should have kept out Perisic’s 89th minute winner – were scintillating performances from David Silva and Cesc Fabregas.
Both of them look remarkably full of running after a long season in the Premier League.