The Croatians came to Zagreb with the 6-0 suffered in Spain between the eyes, the class and the luxuries of Rakitic and Modric became a physical game and “fair play” in the style of Pepe, the midfield of Spain conformed this time by Saul, Busquets, and Ceballos could only get up and shake off the dust of the uniform, led by Saul who is the most physical of the 3, could not create a chance of danger until the minute 45 with a shot from Isco that went up the goal defended by Kalinic.
The first time Croatia deserved more, but this is football and we know how it is, in the second half the legs began to weigh and Spain was growing in their game, however an error by Sergi Roberto would give the first goal to Croatia at minute 54, in the minute 56 the Spanish team would get the tie after a great collective play ended by the beaten Ceballo that little had shone in the game overshadowed by Rakitic.
After the Spanish draw the game became a back and forth frenzy with opportunities for both, Spain would hit the stick while Croatia would put the second after a Modric center at the far post that would be finished by the right back Jedvaj, then Sergio Ramos with a penalty kick would back to the equality and in the last sigh of the match would appear again Jedval after a rebound of De Gea to give the victory to Croatia and to put them in the fight of the Final Four.
Group 4 of the A League will be decided in Wembley, between Croatia and England, the winner goes straight to the Final Four, while Spain needs a miraculous but not unreasonable draw to qualify. The defeat in Zagreb left Spain with 6 points and Croatia with 4 points reaching the same score of England.