Spain and Croatia, no differences were drawn during the first minutes of the duel for the round of 16 of the Eurocup until there happened an inexplicable mistake by the Spanish goalkeeper Unai Simon, which became the first goal of the match played at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.
The clock ticked 20 minutes of the first half when the Barcelona midfielder, Pedri gonzalez received the ball in midfield and decided start over with the 24-year-old goalkeeper. The ball traveled the entire field without any Croatian player being able to intercept it and when it seemed like an easy ball to stop, the worst happened.
With his eyes up to choose his next move, the Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper he wanted to stop the pass, but the ball went under his sole. Automatically, the thousands of Croatian fans who came to Copenhagen (Denmark) began to celebrate as they saw the goalkeeper qualification turned into a goal against.
Fortunately, despite the mistake he made in the opening of the scoreboard for the Croatian national team, Spain managed to rebuild and 17 minutes later was able to tie the match, thanks a cross auction of Pablo Sarabia from the left sector of the area.
Already in the second half, Luis Enrique’s team put justice to the scoreboard. Until that moment, the Iberians had been broad dominators of the game and had only been left at a disadvantage by that isolated error from their goalkeeper. Conquering head of César Azpilicueta, about 12 ′, meant the 2-1 that best charted what was happening on the court.
Unai Simón managed to reverse his image in that section of the game. The archer won in confidence after the error of the beginning and, at 22 ′, he had a key appearance to stay with a shot of Josko Gvardiol that had a goal goal.
From that moment on, the party entered an unthinkable maelstrom. Ferran Torres scored the 3-1 that seemed to ensure the Spanish triumph, but Mislav Orsic aand Mario Palasic they sealed the agonizing tie that forced overtime.
Already in overtime, Unai Simón wore a great cover at the start and, later, the conquests of Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal filled the Iberians with enthusiasm.
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