Croatia vs Spain Highlights
As Croatia vs Spain Highlights is online, Spain had victory against Croatia in the penalty shootout with 4-5 as they failed to score in the match timings. Dani Carvajal converts winning penalty as his team concludes the finals with victory.
Spain has crowned as Nation League champions for the first time in Rotterdam, Dani Carjaval converted the winning penalty to deny Luka and Croatia their first trophy, game finished goalless after 120 minutes. Croatia had victory in the Nation league semi finals against Netherland with 2-4.
Dani Carvajal converted the winning spot kick with Panenka after the game finished with a goalless as both team were not able to score goal after the end of match timing. Croatia, being the world cup finalists in 2018 and getting third place finishers in Qatar last year, were hoping to lift their first trophy but could not find a way to goal across 120 minutes despite the best efforts of Luka Modric, with substitutes Lovro Majer and Bruno Petkovic then seeing their Penalties by Unai Simon in the shootout.
It was a heartbreaking outcome for Croatia, as they weren’t able to lift first trophy but could not find a way to goal across the 120 minutes despite the best efforts of Luka Modric, with substitutes Lovro Majer and Bruno Petkovic then seeing their Penalties saved by Unai Simon in the shootout. It was heartbreaking for serial Overachievers Croatia, who four days on from their extra time win over the Netherlands in the Semis, once again failed in obtaining cup. Croatia had won against Turkey in Euro 2024 qualifiers round with 2-0.
Spain started confidently despite the strong support of the Croatia fans who dominated the arena, both in number and with Alvaro Morata almost pouncing on a spill by Dominik Livakovic and Gavi shooting just past the post.
But Croatia grew into the game and they were exploiting Spain’s high defensive line, Andrej Kramaric bursting through on goal, his shot Aymeric Laporte following an outstanding recovery run. The best moments were given by Modric, crossing for the Ivan Perisic for two times to head to goal, forcing saves from simon on each occasion.
Croatia was able to give a direct approach which caused problems for spain De la Fuente’s side were in difficulty to break their opposites game strategy. Jordi Alba looked for route to goal the left back producing fine crosses for Morata and Marco Asensio either side of half-time, but both players headed over.
Perisic created half-chances for Josip Juranovic and Mario Pasalic, but the tempo slowed as the second half wore on and soon Spain were looking the more likely victors. Rodri sent a vicious long-range effort narrowly wide, but the best opportunity fell to Ansu Fati, whose low effort, from fellow substitute Mikel Merino’s cut-back, was hacked off the line by Perisic.
Croatia, fatiguing after their extra-time win over the Netherlands only four days earlier, still threatened sporadically but sank further and further back over the course of extra-time. Nacho made a brilliant last-ditch tackle to deny Majer and Marcelo Brozovic forced a save from Simon, but otherwise, Spain were on the front foot and created more opportunities to win it.
Dani Carvajal statement over victory
Dani Carvajal said, “Very happy for us. It was a unique opportunity. We were knocked out early in other championships and today we had to take advantage of it.
“We had confidence in the penalties and it turned out well.
“I knew how to shoot it. I knew I would be the sixth [taker]. I gave a talk motivating in the huddle and I got emotional. I wanted to do it like Panenka and it turned out well”.
Rodri said: “We are very happy. It has been a very difficult game and it took a lot from us.
“This generation promises a lot. We have been very strong mentally. There are things to improve, but we always win well. We must celebrate it.”