By Mirembe Martina
UEFA Euro 2012 Croatia Vs Spain match was heated with Croatia putting up a strong defense against Spain up until the 87th minute when Spain scored the winning goal kicking Croatia out of the Euro games 2012.
Croatia and Spain, both from Group C were on top with 4 points, they had to battle it out on the field to see who will win as Italy took on Ireland. Spain, Croatia, Italy and Ireland were battling to emerge as the top two teams in Group C and with the Spain win against Croatia, Spain tops Group C with 7 points followed by Italy with 5 points after it won Ireland, 2-0.
Despite the win, we have to give the devil his due, Croatia put up a powerful defense against Spain making it hard for them to score up to the 87th minute. Here are some of the match’s highlights that caught our eye.
Spain’s Iniesta penalized for a foul on Srna in midfield. Pressing hard to win back the ball in the 14th minute.
Dangerous free-kick for Spain from the right now as Silva is fouled by Vukojevic. Free kick played in, but referee gives a foul against Spain in the area and the goalkeeper hoofs the ball long in the 20-21st minutes.
Croatia’s first shot on target. Pranjic overlaps down the left as they counter and fires low as Casillas in the 25th minute.
Srna penalized once again for a foul on Busquets in the 39th minute.
Two minutes added time… 45th minute.
Second half begins in high gear as Spain start with a long spell of possession among their defensive players in the 46th minute.
Mandzukic pinches the ball and does brilliantly to win a free-kick on the left touch-line in the 57th minute.
A save; Modric counters superbly and shows his immense technique to pick out Rakitic at the back-post, headed at goal but somehow Casillas saves, 59th minute.
Jesus Navas replaces Torres and Silva is now playing up-front, 61′.
Jelavic and Perisic replace Pranjic and Vida, 65′.
Cesc Fabregas replaces Silva, 73′.
Eduardo for Vukojevic, 81′.
A goal for Spain. Spain’s Jesus Navas with an opening goal!!! Fabregas picks out Iniesta to slide the ball across for Navas, 87′.
Four minutes of added-time…90′.
The goalkeeper’s up for the free-kick…90.
Jelavic wins the header, but the referee has given another free-kick, 90′.