Croatia was crestfallen following its exit from Euro 2020 in a 5-3 further time defeat by Spain after a riveting fightback in its final 16 conflict at Parken Stadium.
“I’m unhappy as a result of we’re out of the event and I really feel sorry for our incredible followers and the gamers who left all of it on the market on the pitch,” mentioned coach Zlatko Dalic.
A weird personal aim by Pedri fired the Croatians forward however they seemed down and out after Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres put Spain 3-1 forward.
Late substitutes Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic engineered a spectacular comeback and compelled further time however targets from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal sank Croatia, whose striker Andrej Kramaric spurned a sitter with the rating 3-3.
“They’re workforce who will punish you for each mistake you make however the probability we missed in further time when it was 3-3 was decisive,” added Dalic.
Captain Luka Modric conceded Croatia was on the again foot after taking the lead when Pedri’s again cross from close to the midway line bounced over goalkeeper Unai Simon’s foot and trickled into the online.
“We have been lucky to be 1-0 up however after that Spain dominated for an hour as we sat again too deep,” the 35-year outdated advised Croatia’s HRT state broadcaster.
“We confirmed character to combat again late within the second half and had them on the ropes early into further time, however after lacking a pair of sitters the match went the opposite means and we did not have the energy to combat again once more,” he added.
– Unspeakable unhappiness –
Dalic acknowledged Croatia paid the value for slack defending, with 19-year outdated left again Josko Gvardiol at fault for 2 of Spain’s targets. Midfielder Nikola Vlasic was disconsolate.
“After we netted twice in fast succession to attract stage my coronary heart was as huge as a home after which it broke after we conceded twice,” he advised HRT. “Unspeakable unhappiness.”
Orsic made his first look of the event having sat out Croatia’s opening three video games on the bench and made an on the spot impression when he got here on late within the second half.
His aim pulled Croatia again to 3-2 and the pacy winger then delivered an inch-perfect cross for fellow substitute Pasalic to move dwelling the equaliser, however the excellent cameo show mattered little to the 28-year outdated.
“It is tough to say now what we might have accomplished higher,” mentioned Orsic. “We failed to attain on the sport’s turning level whereas Spain took each probability they created and deserved to win.
“I wish to thank our followers for turning up en masse in Copenhagen, their assist willed us on to combat till the bitter finish however we have been operating on empty in further time,” he added.