3-0 victory: Strong Spaniards dismantle Croatia in 15 minutes

3-0 victory: Strong Spaniards dismantle Croatia in 15 minutes

European Championship 3-0 victory

In 15 minutes strong Spaniards dismantle Croatia

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Ice-cold Spain dismantles Croatia – The 15-minute gala in video

The Spanish national team started the European Championship with a brilliant victory. Within 15 minutes, Morata, Fabian and Carvajal made everything clear against Croatia before half-time. Watch the highlights of the match here in the video.

Spain started the European Championship with a confident 3-0 victory. Against Croatia, 15 strong minutes were enough for the Spaniards to secure victory. Nothing went right for Croatia, and their poor performance culminated in a missed penalty.

With classy play and ruthless effectiveness, Spain has made a dream start to the European Championships and impressively underlined its title ambitions. The “Furia Roja” deservedly won its difficult opening match in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium against World Cup third-placed Croatia, led by veteran star Luka Modric, 3-0 (3-0), thus opening the door to the round of 16.

After a tactically focused first half hour, Álvaro Morata (29th minute) opened the scoring for the three-time European champions. The Atlético Madrid striker had already scored against Croatia at the European Championships in 2016 and 2021. The eye-catching Fabián Ruiz (32nd) and Daniel Carvajal (45th) added to the score before the break.

Morata scores for Spain’s lead

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A supposed goal by the Croatians by Bruno Petkovic (80th minute), who was able to put the ball in the net after missing his penalty, was disallowed because the assist provider Ivan Perisic had run into the penalty area too early when taking the penalty. Spain now goes into the top match of Group B on Thursday against Italy with significantly less pressure. Croatia was already under pressure against outsiders Albania the day before.

Yamal is the youngest European Championship player at 16

Young star Lamine Yamal had two reasons to be happy: at the age of 16 years and 338 days, the FC Barcelona professional is now the youngest player to play at a European Football Championship. Yamal, who turns 17 the day before the final, was often sought after on the right side of attack, and with one of his dangerous dribbles he set up the Spaniards’ second goal.

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Yamal wasn’t even born when Croatia’s star player Modrić made his debut for his home country. “We are here to achieve great things,” the 38-year-old said before kick-off. But to do that, his team must improve significantly – just like Modrić himself. As expected, the playmaker had a lot of freedom until he was substituted in the 65th minute, but he didn’t have much of an impact on the game.

Sweet cross from the youngest European Championship player – Yamal makes Spain cheer against Croatia

The Spanish national team is celebrating a perfect start to the European Championships. Croatia is already trailing significantly at halftime. Yamal, the youngest European Championship player of all time, makes the preliminary decision with a perfect cross. Watch the 3-0 in the video here.

Croatia clearly had the upper hand in the stands at the Olympic Stadium. The fans of the “Vatreni” (Fiery Ones) created a great European Championship atmosphere, at least until the first goals were scored. European Championship Organising Committee head Philipp Lahm and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin were also witnesses to this in the VIP stands.

The action on the pitch was not that entertaining at first. Both teams showed respect for each other and were lacking the rhythm of the tournament. After just under half an hour, however, the dynamic changed completely. Spain took the lead with the first dangerous attack when Fabián Ruiz sent his captain Morata on his way with a fine through pass and the striker scored with a well-considered low shot.

Spain plays mercilessly effectively

Just a minute later, Mateo Kovacic had the equalizer for Croatia, but Spain’s goalkeeper Unai Simon was on the spot. The missed opportunity was immediately punished with a second goal: This time it was Fabián Ruiz himself who left three Croatians behind during his solo effort and shot the ball flat into the goal with his left foot.

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But the two-goal deficit did not shock the Croatians, Lovro Majer (33′) and Josko Gvardiol (41′) had good chances to score in the first half. But almost as the half-time whistle blew, the next blow came with Carvajal’s 3-0 goal.

After the break, the Croatians increased the pressure and played more offensively, but even the best chances, such as that of Leverkusen’s Josip Stanisic (55th), were not exploited. The Spaniards, who were replaced by Leipzig’s Dani Olmo after an hour, now had more space to counterattack.

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