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Croatia 3-5 Spain: La Roja throw away lead before netting twice in extra-time to book Quarter Final spot

Spain are through to the quarter-finals after beating Croatia 5-3 after extra time.

They went behind to Pedri’s own goal but came back to lead 3-1 through Sarabia, Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres.

A howler from Unai Simon!

It’s yet another own goal at this tournament, and this one was just bizarre.

Pedri moved the ball back towards his goalkeeper, perhaps with a little too much power, and Simon looked to control.

As he did so, the pass clipped horribly off the outside of his boot and ended up in the back f the net. That’s a truly horrific mistake.

Against the run of play, Spain are behind.

The equaliser, and it was fully deserved.

The pressure has been building from Spain, and it paid off in style after a hectic goalmouth scramble.

Gaya’s strike was pushed out by Livakovic, although it fell straight back into the danger zone, and Sarabia was on hand to rifle home.

It’s a smart finish, and more than merited in all honesty.

The turnaround was then completed, and it was Azpilicueta who found himself on the end of Torres’ cross.

It’s also his first ever goal for Spain, and what a time that was to get it.

He brought the ball up the field and laid off to Pedri, who in turn moved play on to the ever-dangerous Torres.

With a little too much time and space, Torres crossed into the box, and Azpilcueta directed a header beyond the rooted Livakovic.

That really should be game, set and match. Croatia were caught out napping at the back.

Ferran Torres nets the third goal from a free-kick taken quickly and hoisted in behind for him to race onto down the right.

As the defender hurriedly tried to close him down, the Manchester City man deftly cut inside and rolled through Livakovic’s legs.

Orsic and Pasalic both came off the bench to peg them back though and forced it to extra time.

Orsic knocked the ball out to the right, and then headed into the box to meet the cross that was quickly dropped in.

The delivery from Orsic was sensational, and Pasalic couldn’t miss.

Morata added a fourth with a great finish after Olmo delivered into the box for Morata to take down, and he did so in brilliant style One touch, then bang His effort fizzed above Livakovic and into the roof of the net.

That one will silence his doubters now.

Before Oyarzabal added another three minutes later. They could’ve had six, but Olmo was denied by the post late on.

Spain are through to the quarter-finals, but they’ll have to wait until later on to find out if they’ll be facing France or Switzerland in St Petersburg on Friday.

Croatia are out in the round-of-16 for the second European Championship in a row and are heading home.

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