Euro 2012: Croatia 0-1 Spain – Jesus Saves Mediocre Spain As Croats Go Out (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

18th, June 2012


By Alan Duffy

World-beaters Spain and all their silky-skilled superstars needed a very late goal from wingman Jesus Navas to cement their place in the last eight after La Roja failed to spark against a very decent Croatian side.

Luka Modric produced an inspried performance in the middle of the park, matching anything his opposite numbers could produce. However, despite creating a number of good chances, Slaven Bilic’s side just couldn’t find that all important goal.

The introduction of Cesc Fabregas on 73 minutes gave the Spaniards a much needed creative spark and wih just two minutes to go, the former Arsenal man set up Andreas Iniesta, who squared the ball for another sub, Jesus Nvas, to slot home.

And thus, Croatia, despite all their good play, were out and the Spaniards topped Group C.


Highlights to follow…

Photos: PA

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn’t call it a slot ! Very nice goal though .

  2. Džony says:

    Spain = most boring football team ever. They ruined everything I loved about football. Looks like fucking handball played by 11 retards who are afraid to score without making 13 skills before it. If I was a coach and one of my players start doing fucking skills inside the box instead of shooting I would kick him up to arse.

  3. dc says:

    HAH. I’ve heard one source describing Navas’s goal as a “tap in” and now as a “slot.”

    1 yard rocket blast would better describe it. Good thing there was a net in the way or else that ball might now be hanging out with Sergio Ramos’s penalty shot from the CL semis in outer space…

  4. Wilma says:


    Spain were great to watch before everyone started sitting reeeeeeeally deep. There was literally a line of eight Croats across the penalty area on a few occasions

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