Thursday , June 17 2021

UEFA League: Croatia win Spain before must win England clash; British wind beyond Iceland



Spain passed the chance to seal the trophy for the World Nations League as beaten 3-2 by Croatia on Thursday, by a 93-minute winner from Ted Jedvaj.

Jedvaj's late strike leaves the team 4 wide open before its final fixture between England and Croatia on Sunday. The winners will be eligible, while Spain can still pass if the Wembley game ends in a draw.

Croatia's Tin Jedvaj celebrates after scoring a goal against Spain at Maksimir Stadium. AFP

Croatia's Tin Jedvaj celebrates after scoring a goal against Spain at Maksimir Stadium. AFP

Croatia were worthy of the winners in Zagreb, where Jedvaj scored twice – his first international goals – to snatch an unforgettable victory at the end of a pulsating competition.

Andrei Karmaritz put Croatia ahead of her, but twice Spain came back, as Dani Sabalus's equanimity and the punishment of Sergio Ramos seemed to have earned them a point before Dway pushed deep into injury time.

Croatia will now lead to London with a leap forward, while Spain remain to contemplate back-to-back defeats under new coach Luis Enrique, following the sudden loss by the same coastline at home to England last month.

"I'm obviously concerned about the things we need to improve, but I think football today was unfair to us," Enrique said.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalitz said, "We have been rewarded with great rewards."

Spain at least are safe from the decline, which can not be said for England or Croatia, which can still either finish first or last to come on Sunday night. England will drop if they lose or are held to score a draw. Croatia will spin if they are beaten or draw 0-0.

"It shows that it was a very difficult team," added Luis Enrique. "We still have a chance."

'Win or wait hopefully'.

Diario AS Summed up Spain's position with the title "win or wait hopefully" on Thursday. For Croatia, there was pride to be restored, after their 6-0 humiliation Elche in September. "Six reasons to respond," read the front page of the Croatian daily Novosti Sports.

Eight of the 11 finalists of the World Cup began as Dwayne, Nicolas Kalinitz and Krameritz replaced Ivan Strinik, Daniel Subesik and Mario Mendez, both of whom retired from international football.

Vardi Alba went straight into the Spanish Premier League, while Antio Bilbao, Enietz Bilbao, played alongside Ramos at the center of the defense, Ventures was injured.

Croatia dominated the opening exchange, but Spain began to dictate the hold when the half wore, even if Isco's long range shot just half a half ago was their only real effort.

The game was more balanced and open after the restart and two goals came in many minutes. First, Ramos and Sergei Roberto are pressed for a mistake, the band's poor transition allows Carmarick to sneak in and escape past a proud 53-minute lead.

Spain performed better on the other side. The Ceballos players went into the equalizer and Espace went on a little later, but the shot went straight into the goal.

Spain paid the price for this to miss when Jedvaj headed his first international goal after meeting Luca Mudrik's magnificent cross on the back post.

Marcelo Brosovitz & # 39; Croatia had to be put out of sight, but he rejected the one-on-one, his shot De Ge Goer on his way. This time Spain made them pay.

Sime Vrsaljko will replace Alvaro Morta's head from the line before giving a penalty, lowering his arm to meet a cross that was probably on his way from behind. Ramos was not wrong.

Krameric could have scored a late winner on the cross attack but instead it was Jedvaj who hit a decisive blow three minutes into injury time.

Croatia kept the ball alive at the last post before Josip Brekalo fired at the goal. De Gea might have done more than push the shot to his left where Jedvaj was completely placed.

Belgium forever

Elsewhere in the league on Thursday, Macy Batshuayi scored twice in Brussels as Belgium saw Iceland 2-0 to ensure they would only need a point from Sunday's game in Switzerland to reach the final.

Bosnia and Herzegovina were relegated to the A League following their Austrian withdrawal in Austria.


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