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Spain swept Croatia at Euro 2024 in the middle! Modric faded compared to Yamal, 16 years old

Date: July 18, 2024 Time: 10:51:25

In the first round of Euro 2024, a match was played that, according to the poster, was worthy of at least a semi-final. Spain defeated Croatia. Big!

The first 10 minutes passed with great advantage for the Spanish team. Luis de la Fuente’s team took the ball, controlled it safely and returned it quickly. The Croats waited and played as a clear second. The pressure of the Red Fury forced the ladies to make mistakes: the players of Zlatko Dalic’s team, with all his technical equipment, allowed many losses in their field (seven before the break against the opponent’s zero). The Spanish really covered us from behind at the time of reception.

However, De la Fuente’s team struck the first blow only in the seventh minute, when one of the losses of the Croatian team after leaving the goal through a pass ended in a goal by Álvaro Morata. Then the Spanish loosened their control a little and Dalic’s team rolled the ball from behind and slowed the pace. It seemed that the Croatians were beginning to change the game, as at some point they got stuck in the center and became very cautious. Halfway through the first half, the “ladies” finally shot on goal: Osasuna’s Ante Budimir, scorer of 17 goals in the Spanish Championship, headed dangerously after a cross. This is his game.

Spain – Croatia

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But as soon as the Croatians felt that something was sticking, the Spanish team scored! The Ladies were left exposed after passing the ball, a gap appeared in the center of defense and Fabián Ruiz cut out a brilliant penetrating pass for Morata. The striker launched himself into the free zone and achieved one-on-one with a low shot.

In the first round of Euro 2024, Ruiz played arguably the best three minutes of his career. While the Croatians recovered, De la Fuente’s team scored the second goal. Lamin Yamal from the right “twisted the vertebrae” of the Croatian defenders, after which the ball was handed over to the PSG midfielder in a semicircle. Ruiz left both his “grandfather” and his “grandmother”: he fooled all the veteran centers of the Croatian team (a terrible episode in defense of Luka Modric with Marcelo Brozovic!), and then sent the low ball between the legs by Shutalo.

Although they were down by two goals, the Croatians showed their offensive potential and created a couple of chances. Budimir himself was close to converting Joshko Guardiola’s failed shot into a goal. These more than 45 minutes Dalic’s team even won in shots by 7:6 (but on goal by 2:4). And he lost a lot in the score. It is surprising how the Spanish scored goals out of nowhere, as if they were taken out of nowhere. In added time, after a corner kick, Yamal crossed from the right and Dani Carvajal emerged from the stands and sent the ball into the net as he fell. The hero of the Champions League final was on a wild streak and he scored his first goal for the national team in the 45th match.

Any coach in Dalic’s place would have made a double, a triple or even more changes at half-time. It was now possible to safely prepare for the next group match against Albania. But Zlatko, surprisingly, didn’t change anyone. Only at the end of the hour of the match was Ivan Perisic, 35, released, who after a serious injury only played seven games in the Croatian championship. It was also an unexpected move, because the ladies, who were inferior in speed, needed to increase their speed first.

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At the beginning of the second half, the Spaniards could have completely demolished the Croatians, but Dominik Livakovic canceled out the youngest goal of the Euro with a fantastic save: he shot into the far bottom corner of 16-year-old Yamal. . The Croatian team itself, before Modric left the field in the 65th minute, after having played a mediocre match against the well-known Spaniards, created a moment in the positional offensive. The ball entered Unai Simón’s area and Marc Cucurella saved the Spaniards from scoring.

Spain – Croatia

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In general, everything went according to De la Fuente’s plan. Spain had the game in its hands. But suddenly the intrigue almost came to life… Simón. The Spanish team’s goalkeeper made a mistake playing with his feet and Rodri was forced to foul Perisic. However, Simon himself corrected his own mistake by deflecting a penalty from Bruno Petrovich. The episode ended with the Croatian striker finally scoring from a pass from Perisic who was quick to finish (Iván entered the game well), but the goal was disallowed. Apparently, the VAR judges decided that the Croatian entered the area prematurely. At the same time, Simon seemed to have stepped off the line before the shot: the penalty could have been cleared.

After this, the Croatian team players seemed to accept defeat and played the game on autopilot. Dalic’s team was the first at Euro 2024 that failed to score. Although in shots they finally surpassed the Spanish team by 16:11 (on goal by 5:5, from the area by 10:8).

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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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