Spain dump Croatia out of Euro 2020 in "game of the tournament so far"

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Spain have dumped 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia out of Euro 2020 with a thrilling 5-3 win described as the 'game of the tournament so far'.

Their afternoon started off disastrously as Unai Simon fumbled a long back-pass from Sergio Busquets to concede an own goal on 20 minutes.

But Pablo Sarabia's close range-strike had them level when the half-time whistle was blown.

The Euro 2012 champions then exerted their pressure on Croatia in the second half as Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres struck with 15 minutes to go.

Croatia fought to get back in the game, though, and were on level terms in stoppage time Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic struck from close quarters to take the game to another 30 minutes.

The Adriatic side thought they had got ahead when Andrej Kramaric headed towards goal only for Simon to pull off a spectacular save.

It was then Alvaro Morata who volleyed a thunderous strike into the net on the 100th minutes before Mikel Oyazarbal poked in as the Croatians ran out of energy.

ITV's commentary were blown away by the game – and fans on social media dubbed it the 'game of the tournament so far'.

"If you didn't watch Spain vs Croatia, you just missed the Euros final (best game of the tournament) I'm sorry," one said.

Another commented: "What a cracking game. Eight goals, eight different goal-scorers. Game of the tournament."

While a third added: "Spain vs Croatia was definitely the game of the whole tournament…crazy game."

Victory for the 2010 World Cup champions is their first major tournament knockout win for nine years.

Spain will take on either France or Switzerland in the quarter-finals, with the teams meeting in Bucharest.

And the winner of that last-eight fixture will face either Belgium or Italy in the semi-finals at Wembley.

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