Croatia beat Spain 3-2 in the UEFA Nations League to set up a dramatic final Zlatko Dalić side visit Wembley to meet England on Sunday – with all three teams able to win Group 4.
Tin Jedvaj made a stopwatch winner for Croatia, capping a remarkable match that saw Spain fighting back behind twice before eventually succumbing to an exciting and resilient home side.
Andrej Kramaric made the opening 10 minutes into the second half and made the most of a breakdown in the societies between Sergio Ramos and Sergi Roberto to end the helpless David De Gea.
On November 15, 2018, Croatia's Andrej Kramaric celebrates his first goalReuters
It took just two minutes for Spain to smooth out with a smoothly moving movement involving Iago Aspas and Isco, and presented Dani Ceballos with the chance that he simply could not miss a query.
Croatia reaffirmed when Jedvaj went home from an excellent Luka Modric, just for Spain to restore parity again after Ramos got the chance to be compared from the penalty spot. But it was Croatia and Jedvaj who claimed all three points when the defender returned home a rebound from a De Gea save on the back.
Spain's national federations have gone from triumph to disaster. When Spain dumped Croatia 6-0 back in September, it appeared that Luis Enrique's side would be the top of his Nations League group. Since then, they have suffered harmful defeat to England and now Croatia, meaning that their Nations League fate is no longer in their own hands. They need a draw between England and Croatia in the last group game to make the final next summer. Spain's Nations League campaign has gone from triumph to disaster.
November 15, 2018, Spain coach Luis Enrique formedReuters
MAN OF MATCHEN
Ante Rebic (Croatia) Rebic epitomized the spirit of this achievement from Croatia. World Cup finalists were mostly played and spent a lot of the game and chased the ball, but it was a duck and drove to their game as Spain just could not match, and Rebic was their most lively and driven player. He could have used some peace in the last third, but no-one gave Ramos and Inigo Martinez the same level of problems that Rebic did in 90 minutes.
November 15, 2018 Croatia's Ante Rebic in action with Spain's Jordi AlbaReuters
Croatia – Kalinic 6, Vrsaljko 7, Lovren 6, Vida 6, Jedvaj 8, Rakitic 5, Brozovic 6, Rebic 8, Modric 7, Perisic 7, Kramaric 7. Subs – Pjaca, Vlasic 5, Brekalo 6.
Spain – The Gea 6, Roberto 4, Martinez 5, Ramos 6, Alba 7, Busquets 6, Saul 5, Ceballos 8, Aspas 6, Rodrigo 5, Isco 6. Subs – Asensio 6, Morata 5, Suso 5.
54 & # 39; Target! Croatia 1-0 Spain: High pressure works for Croatia! They forced the mistake from Spain, with Ramo's short passage pointing out. The ball fell well for Kramaric and he made no mistake when he stopped past De Gea, looking at his defense with bemusement.
56 & # 39; Target! Croatia 1-1 Spain: Which answer from Spain! They were behind in just two minutes! It was a good fitting move that involved Aspas and Isco who presented Ceballos with the chance to bring home the ball from a range of yards. Back on level conditions.
70 goals! Croatia 2-1 Spain: Croatia has its noses back in front! Modric found the unmarked Jedvaj on the back and he makes no mistake when he goes home. De Gea had no chance of holding it out. He was left completely stranded!
76 "How did not it go?" Incredible. First, save is made from Ramos, who was clean on goal. The ball turned and Morata was sure to score, but from a farm out the block is made on the line.
77 & # 39; PENALTY KICK TO SPAIN! The referee points in place after a handball from Vrsaljko! Croatia's players are not satisfied.
78 & # 39; Target! Croatia 2-2 Spain: We are again level in this pulsating second half! Ramos goes up to the 12-yard mark and passes the Kalinic wrong. He takes the ball and goes back to the center point. Spain wants to win this game now. One point is not what they came for.
94 goals! Croatia 3-2 Spain: Croatia has won it right at death! It's Jedvaj again with the goal! Brekalo is shooting goals from just inside the box, De Gea expels it, but Jedvaj was on hand to transform the rebound and give Croatia a huge three points in this Nations League group!
Sergio Ramos has now scored as many goals for Spain as Pedro Rodriguez (17).
Spain needs to move between England and Croatia to advance to the Nations League Finals. Croatia needs a victory, while a defeat or a 0-0 rupture would see them being rejected.