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Sime Vrsaljko and Tin Jedvaj celebrate for Croatia
Sime Vrsaljko and Tin Jedvaj celebrate for Croatia

Croatia set up make-or-break showdown with England after last-gasp win over Spain

The 2018 World Cup finalists remain in the hunt for a finals place in the Nations League.
Nov 15th 2018, 10:11 PM 7,511 2

TIN JEDVAJ EXTRAORDINARY double saw Croatia blow their Nations League pool wide open with a 3-2 win against Spain on Thursday, setting up a make-or-break clash with England.

The World Cup finalists endured a miserable start to their Group 4 campaign in League A – thrashed by Spain in the reverse fixture and drawing with England – but they now head to Wembley in contention for a Finals place after an incredible finish in Zagreb.

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 international goal.

But the Croatia full-back ensured his side would not be denied, lashing in a rebound in the dying seconds to keep the hosts in the running.

Spain, meanwhile, face a nervous wait after completing their group campaign, now requiring a draw between the two teams in London to reach next year’s knockout stage.

- Omni

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