Spain had 'unfair' loss to Croatia in UEFA Nations League - Luis Enrique

Paola Ditto
Novembre 16, 2018

Spain blew the chance to reach the Nations League final four in a gripping defeat by Croatia, which leaves Group A4 wide open.

Tin Jedvaj's stoppage-time strike earned the World Cup runners-up a first win of the tournament, inflicting Spain's second defeat in a row following their loss to England last month.

Spain still top Group 4 with six points after four games but to reach the final round they need England to draw with Croatia in the group finale on Sunday.

A tame first half was followed by a frantic second as Croatia were twice pegged back by a rampant Spain side, Dani Ceballos levelling after Andrej Kramaric's opener, before a Sergio Ramos penalty cancelled out Jedvaj's first worldwide goal.

Jedvaj popped up again in the final stages to bag the victor at the back post, frustrating Luis Enrique's side.

Spain have experienced a slump since thumping Croatia 6-0 in September and beating England in their Nations League opener. "There were always going to be chances until the end". The lads went all out for a win, they all went forward in the dying minutes and the gamble paid off handsomely.

"It was a great second half from both teams".

"We deserved more, but for one reason or another it wasn't possible and now we have to hope England and Croatia draw on Sunday because we don't depend on ourselves any more", said Sergio Busquets. "It was a very hard group with national teams that came from the World Cup in good form, very powerful, but I think we were the best team in the group".

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