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Euro 2016: Croatia came from behind to defeat Spain 2-1

Published 21/06/2016

Croatia's Nikola Kalinic celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Croatia's Nikola Kalinic celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Croatia's Ivan Rakitic reacts during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Spain's David Silva runs with the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Spain's Alvaro Morata lies on the pitch in pain during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Spain's Alvaro Morata, left, heads the ball above Croatia's Marko Rog during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Croatia's Darijo Srna vies for the ball with Spain's Jordi Alba during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Nikola Kalinic celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea is scored by Croatia's Nikola Kalinic, next to Spain's Sergio Ramos, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatian fans celebrate after Croatia's Nikola Kalinic scored, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Croatia's Nikola Kalinic, right, scores his sides first goal past Spain goalkeeper David De Gea, left, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic celebrates after his teammate Nikola Kalinic scored, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Spain's Andres Iniesta fights for the ball against Croatia's Marko Rog during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Spain's Gerard Pique reacts after Croatia scored their first goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea jumps for the ball during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Spain's Jordi Alba fights for the ball against Croatia's Vedran Corluka during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Marko Pjaca goes for an overhead kick during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Croatia's Marko Pjaca jumps for the ball next to Spain's Jordi Alba during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Marko Pjaca, center, falls following a clash with Spain's Sergio Ramos, left, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Spain's Aritz Aduriz reacts during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, foreground, stops a penalty kick from Spain's Sergio Ramos, right, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic reacts next to Ivan Rakitic after stoping a penalty kick from Spain's Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic reacts with teammates after stoping a penalty kick from Spain's Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Spain's Sergio Ramos, left, misses a penalty kick during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Spain's Sergio Ramos kicks the ball before missing a penalty kick during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic reacts next to Ivan Rakitic after stoping a penalty kick from Spain's Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, right, scores his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic celebrates after Croatia's Ivan Perisic scored their sides second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, right, kisses his teammate Ivan Rakitic after scoring his side's second goal, during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic, left, celebrates with team mates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Spain goalkeeper David De Gea reacts after Croatia's Ivan Perisic scored during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
Spain's Aritz Aduriz reacts after Croatia's Ivan Perisic scored their sides second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Spain's Andres Iniesta, center, and his teammates leave the pitch at the end of the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Croatia won 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Spain's Sergio Busquets leaves the pitch at the end of the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Croatia won 2-1. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Croatia's Ivan Perisic scores his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Croatia's Darijo Srna celebrates at the end of the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Croagia won 2-1. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Croatia's team players celebrate at the end of the Euro 2016 Group D soccer match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Croatia won 2-1. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Ivan Perisic's late goal saw Croatia come from behind to beat defending champions Spain and advance to the knockout stages of Euro 2106 as Group D winners.

Alvaro Morata's early strike had given Spain the lead but Nikola Kalinic equalised just before half-time before La Roja defender Sergio Ramos saw a penalty saved midway through the second half.

Croatia then snatched the points three minutes from time when Perisic finished past David de Gea at his near post.

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.

An error from De Gea almost allowed Ivan Rakitic to equalise but the Barcelona midfielder's lofted attempt came back off the crossbar after possession had been gifted to Croatia.

David Silva hit a shot straight at Danijel Subasic before Nolito had an effort deflected wide as Spain looked to add to their lead.

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.

And Croatia made them pay as they levelled on the stroke of half-time when Perisic crossed for Kalinic to flick home past De Gea.

The Manchester United goalkeeper was almost caught out once again in the second half, Marko Pjaca's overhead kick flashing just wide with De Gea stranded having failed to claim a cross.

Pjaca then had a penalty shout turned down after hitting the ground following a challenge from Ramos, who then headed a corner wide when free inside the Croatia box.

While referee Bjorn Kuipers had made the correct call at one end, the Dutch official 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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