Play-off for Final Tournament, Second leg - 12/10/2010 - 16:00CET (16:00 local time) - NK Varaždin - Varazdin
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Croatia - Spain 0-3 - 12/10/2010 - Match page - Under-21 2011

Spain leave Croatian hopes in shreds

Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 17.55CET
Croatia 0-3 Spain (agg: 1-5)
Three goals in the final 23 minutes from Álvaro Domínguez, Adrián and Jeffren took Spain to the finals at the expense of the ten-man hosts.
Spain leave Croatian hopes in shreds
Juan Mata played a role in Spain's opener ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

CroatiaSpain

Goals scored0
3
Yellow cards7
 
1
Red cards1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
7
Attempts off target4
 
5
Corners6
 
3
Fouls committed15
 
7

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Published: Tuesday 12 October 2010, 17.55CET

Spain leave Croatian hopes in shreds

Croatia 0-3 Spain (agg: 1-5)
Three goals in the final 23 minutes from Álvaro Domínguez, Adrián and Jeffren took Spain to the finals at the expense of the ten-man hosts.

Spain had to wait until the final 23 minutes before a trio of strikes against ten-man Croatia took them through to next summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals.

The visitors' 2-1 victory on home soil in Saturday's opening leg had left this tie in the balance, but Croatia were hit by an early injury to captain Ivan Rakitić and received a further setback when Álvaro Domínguez registered on 67 minutes. Dejan Lovren's dismissal shortly afterwards made their mission even tougher and Spain confirmed their place in Denmark courtesy of late goals from Adrián and Jeffren.

Croatia's chances began to unravel as soon as FC Schalke 04 winger Rakitić had to leave the pitch after just 14 minutes with a head injury. Mirko Oremuš came on in his place, but Spain began to dominate after that and created three excellent chances in the first half, only to fail to put them away. They needed to be patient before making their breakthrough, yet it came eventually when Ivan Kelava failed to claim a Juan Mata corner, allowing Domínguez to pounce.

Lovren collected the first of his yellow cards almost immediately after that goal and three minutes later he incurred a second, giving the visitors a numerical advantage that they exploited when Adrián added to his effort in the first leg by profiting from another lapse at the back by Croatia. In the first minute of added time, substitute Jeffren put the cap on Spain's joy at the end of a counterattacking move.

"It was a tough match because Croatia have fast, quality players," said victorious coach Luis Milla. "Our first goal was to get into the European Championship and we'll be going for a spot in the Olympics now." His opposite number Dražen Ladić lamented missed opportunities, meanwhile. "We weren't playing at our best today and couldn't win with our talent alone," he said. "Against Spain you mustn't waste your chances and we did exactly that."

Last updated: 12/10/10 19.18CET

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Lineups

Croatia

Croatia

Spain

Spain

1
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK)
Yellow Card88'
1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
2
VidaDomagoj Vida
Yellow Card40'
2
AzpilicuetaCésar Azpilicueta
3
JozinovićGoran Jozinović
Yellow Card49'
Substitution69'
3
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
Goal67'
Yellow Card88'
Substitution90'
4
PerišićIvan Perišić
4
San JoséMikel San José
5
MaločaMario Maloča
Yellow Card61'
5
RuizVictor Ruiz
6
LovrenDejan Lovren
Yellow Card68'
Red Card71'
6
Rubén PérezRubén Pérez
Substitution75'
7
AdemiArijan Ademi
7
Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara
8
BadeljMilan Badelj
Substitution71'
8
ParejoDaniel Parejo
9
JajaloMato Jajalo
9
Bojan KrkićBojan Krkić
Substitution62'
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić (C)
Substitution14'
10
MataJuan Mata (C)
11
VukušićAnte Vukušić
11
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Goal89'

Substitutes

12
AntolovićMarijan Antolović (GK)
13
MiñoRubén Miño (GK)
13
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution69'
Yellow Card90+4
12
BotíaAlberto Botía
Substitution90'
14
PunčecRoberto Punčec
14
MéridaFran Mérida
15
KreilachDamir Kreilach
15
CanalesSergio Canales
16
ŠkolnikDejan Školnik
16
FontàsAndreu Fontàs
Substitution75'
17
OremušMirko Oremuš
Substitution14'
17
Jeffren SuárezJeffren Suárez
Substitution62'
Goal90+1
18
ŠimićMarko Šimić
Substitution71'
18
NsueEmilio Nsue

Coach

Dražen Ladić (CRO) Luis Milla (ESP)

Referee

William Collum (SCO)

Assistant referees

George Drummond (SCO), Keith Sorbie (SCO)

Fourth official

Bobby Madden (SCO)

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