47′ Laporte plays a short backpass to Simon and he’s instantly put under pressure from Kramaric. It’s a nervy moment for the goalkeeper, but he keeps his cool and clears the danger.

46′ Croatia get us back underway for the second half! 

A. Kramarić

B. Petković


46′ There’s a change for Croatia at the break and it’s Petkovic that’s making way for Kramaric.

Enrique will feel that his side deserve to be level after dominating possession and creating more chances, but they haven’t tested Livakovic too often, which he will definitely want to see change after the break. As for Croatia, they haven’t had a shot on target yet, but have looked dangerous on the counter, so Dalic will want more of the same.

It’s level at the break with Croatia and Spain drawing 1-1. Croatia hadn’t had a sniff of goal when they took the lead in bizarre circumstances. Pedri played a long backpass to Simon, and his casual touch ended up rolling into the back of his own net. Koke had an early chance saved by Livakovic, but Sarabia pulled them level after Gaya’s shot was palmed to him by the goalkeeper.


45′ + 1′ One last chance for Spain before the half-time whistle and Torres squares it to Morata on the edge of the box. He turns before firing his shot, but he can’t find the target and it flies over the bar.

45′ Kovacic peels away from Busquets before threading a great pass through the middle for Rebic to chase. He’s away from the last defender, but Simon is quick off his line again to clear the danger.

44′ Juranovic gets the better of Gaya down the right for the first time and he swings a brilliant cross into the six-yard box. Petkovic is caught on his heels though and Simon comes off his line to collect it.

42′ Spain are back to keeping the pressure on here and after Vida clears the ball from the box, they win it back quickly. Busquets lays it off to Koke, who has a go from distance, but he drills his effort wide of the near post.

40′ Croatia are straight on the attack after the restart and Rebic manages to bundle the ball away from Koke to get into space. He tries to square it to Petkovic on the edge of the box, but it’s intercepted by Garcia.

Pablo Sarabia



38′ SARABIA EQUALISES! Croatia just don’t deal with the ball when it comes into the box and it’s Gaya that has the initial shot from the left of the box. Livakovic gets down well to push it away, but he gives it straight to Sarabia, who fires over the keeper and into the back of the net. 1-1!

36′ Spain are still patiently trying to break down Croatia and it looks like he’s got the better of the defender again as he bursts forward. He recovers well though and gets back to block the cross.

34′ Spain try to go down the left this time, with Busquets picking out a good pass into Sarabia. He has Gaya ahead of him, but the left-back set off too early and the offside flag goes up against him.

32′ Torres is still getting a lot of joy down the right for Spain, and he cuts inside to float a cross into Morata at the far post. He brings it down, but isn’t given any space by Caleta-Car and ends up winning a corner.

30′ Pedri’s own-goal came at a distance of 49.4 yards, the longest-ever own-goal netted in the European Championship and the first one ever scored from outside the box.

28′ Gvardiol threads the ball through to Vlasic and he does really well to hold off the two Spanish defenders that go across to close him down. He lays it off to Modric, but he can’t open up any space for a shot.

26′ CLOSE! Vlasic’s run cuts open Spain’s midfield before he squares the ball to Kovacic on the edge of the box. He’s not closed down, so has a go from distance, but fires his shot just over the crossbar.

24′ MISS! Modric plays a wonderful curling pass with the outside of his boot to pick out Vlasic’s run off the back of Gaya, and he cuts inside from the right. He has Garcia tight to him but goes for goal and fires his shot into the side netting.

22′ Spain look a little rattled after the goal and although they’re still keeping Croatia penned back, some sloppiness is creeping into their play. Koke switches play out to Azpilicueta, but it’s too high and bounces straight out of play.


Own Goal


20′ CROATIA TAKE THE LEAD! It’s a long backpass from Pedri in midfield and Simon, who is under no pressure, with nobody around him, takes a very casual touch which ends up taking the ball past him and into the back of his own net. It’s a bizarre moment for Spain and Croatia lead 1-0! 

18′ It’s a sloppy pass from Busquets which Modric intercepts, and he instantly sets Croatia on the counter. Rebic drives forward, holding off two challenges on the way before switching it out to Vlasic, but he can’t get a cross into the box.

16′ GREAT SAVE! Pedri steps away from Modric and threads a lovely throughball into Koke in the middle of the box. He keeps the shot low down the middle and Livakovic sticks out a leg to deny him.

15′ Kovacic does well to nick the ball from Pedri before picking out Rebic. He has a lot of space to run into but chooses to try and thread it through to Petkovic instead. There’s too much on it and Simon collects it.

13′ CHANCE! It’s another great throughball from Busquets into Morata, but he has Vida tight to him, so he touches it out to Sarabia. He drills the shot towards the near post first time from a tight angle, but it’s into the side netting.

11′ Modric takes a quick free-kick down the left when he spots Gvardiol’s early run and the left-back swings a deep cross into the box. It’s just over Petkovic’s head though and Laporte clears his lines.

9′ Koke swings the free-kick in from the right and it’s towards Azpilicueta in the middle of the box. It’s behind him, but he still manages to get his head on it, though it’s an easy save for the goalkeeper.

8′ Croatia have barely had a touch of the ball so far and they’re sitting deeper and deeper in their own half to try and stop Spain from getting through. Torres skips past one challenge on the right before Kovacic trips him and gives away another free-kick.

6′ It’s a poor clearance out from the back by Vida and Morata quickly latches onto it before swinging a cross into the far post. Torres knocks it down for Koke, but it’s just out of his reach as he attempts to volley it.

4′ Laporte switches play out to Torres on the right and he holds off Kovacic before trying to lay it off to Azpilicueta, who is making an overlapping run. He plays it behind the right-back though and he can’t keep it in play.

2′ Unsurprisingly, Spain are dominating the ball early on here and they have an early chance as Busquets lifts a good ball over the defence for Gaya to run onto. It bounces kindly for Livakovic though, and the keeper holds onto it.

1′ Sarabia gets the game underway for Spain! 

The teams are out on the pitch, the national anthems have been sung, and kick-off is just moments away.

In what is their sixth Euros, Croatia have made it through to the knockout stages for the fourth time. However, they’ve failed to progress beyond the first knockout game on each of the previous three occasions (quarter-final in 1996 and 2008 and last 16 in 2016).

There are two changes from Luis Enrique as well after their win over Slovakia on Wednesday. Ferran Torres, who scored after coming off the bench, and Gaya both come into the starting line-up, while Alba and Moreno drop to the bench.

Zlatko Dalic makes two changes to the side that beat Scotland last time out, and they’re both enforced. Ivan Perisic returned a positive coronavirus test while Dejan Lovren is suspended after picking up two yellow cards. Caleta-Car and Rebic are brought in.

SPAIN SUBS: Pau Torres, Rodrigo, David de Gea, Gerard Moreno, Diego Llorente, Robert Sanchez, Dani Olmo, Marcos Llorente, Mikel Oyarzabal, Fabian Ruiz, Thiago Alcantara, Jordi Alba.

SPAIN STARTING XI (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Aymeric Laporte, Jose Gaya; Koke, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia. 

CROATIA SUBS: Simon Sluga, Andrej Kramaric, Mislav Orsic, Sime Vrsaljko, Lovre Kalinic, Luka Ivanusec, Domagoj Bradaric, Josip Brekalo, Milan Badelj, Ante Budimir, Mile Skoric, Mario Pasalic.

CROATIA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Vida, Duje Caleta-Car, Josko Gvardiol; Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic; Nikola Vlasic, Bruno Petkovic, Ante Rebic.

Both sides struggled at the start of their respective group campaigns but finished strongly to secure their places in the knockout rounds. Croatia lost their first game and drew the second, but comfortably beat Scotland 3-1 in their last game to finish second in Group D. Meanwhile, Spain did go unbeaten in Group E, drawing their first two matches before brushing Slovakia aside in a 5-0 victory to seal their runner-up spot behind Sweden.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Euro 2020 round-of-16 meeting between Croatia and Spain at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen!