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On penalties, Spain beat Croatia to win the Nations League

After a draw in regular time, Spain got the better of Croatia in the Nations League through maximum penalties; know how was the game

This Sunday, the 18th, Croatia It is Spain played in the grand final of UEFA Nations League de 2023. After a sweaty dispute, with the right to extra time and the decision for penalty kicks (0-0 tie in regular time), Fúria Vermelha won with Carvajal nailing the title goal. Check out how the continental tournament match went below!

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FIRST TIME

The first half was marked by the absence of great emotions. Possession of the ball was the factor most valued by both teams. The best chance for “Red Fury” was in the first 11 minutes, with Gavi, which hit the crossbar. Croatia, on the other hand, got even closer to the rival networks, when Kramatic was face to face with Unai Simon.

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SECOND TIME

From the second half, on the other hand, the duel was full of “almosts”: consecutive balls were thrown into the beams, close to the crossbar, on the outside of the nets, but not in the goal. While Pasalic pressed at 15 minutes of the last stage (with a header into the net from the outside), Rodri threatened with a bomb shortly afterwards, which passed to the right of the Croatian goal. perisic It is Asensio also arrived with danger in some opportunities.

EXTENSION

The game had to resort to extra time, simply the eighth played by Croatia since the beginning of the 2018 World Cup. During the additional 30 minutes, little changed, except for the physical disposition of Team Xadrez, which felt the wear and tear and showed obvious fatigue in the last minutes on the field. Thus, the decision was established on the maximum penalties.

Croatia v Spain in UEFA Nations League final
Croatia v Spain in UEFA Nations League final (Credits; Getty Images)

PENALTY KICKS

Croatia: vlasic converted, Brozovic converted, Modric converted, major lost (Unai Simón defended), perisic converted, petkovic lost (Simón defended)

Spain: Joselu converted, Rodri converted, Merino converted, Marco Asensio converted, laporte lost (dash), Carvajal converted.

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THIRD PLACE

This Sunday, the 18th, the Italy got the better of the Netherlands at UEFA Nations League. With the score 2-3, the Azzurragot third place on the podium of the competition; it is worth noting that this is the second consecutive time that the team has finished the European championship in this position. In addition national has not lost to A Clockwork Orange for eight matches; the last time this happened was in the group stage of euro cup from 2008; check out the postgame.

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On penalties, Spain beat Croatia to win the Nations League

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