Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Croatia 3-2 Spain: Lucho's Nations League fate not in his hands

Croatia 3-2 Spain: Lucho's Nations League fate not in his hands

Bayer Leverkusen striker Tin Jedvaj, who scored the victor against Spain in Zagreb on Thursday night, said: 'England will have motivation to beat us because we won in Russian Federation against them and they will try to take some revenge - 100 per cent.

Jedvaj restored Croatia's advantage with a close-range header in the 69th minute before Sergio Ramos converted a penalty in the 78th to bring Spain level again.

"The first goal is from a mistake we made, the second from a set piece and the third in a situation that was desperate for both teams".

As Wayne Rooney fixed his glare forwards and blanked the radio microphones and daily newspaper journalists in the Wembley mixed zone interview area hours after his worldwide farewell, so walked out the ghost of England past and the attachment to history that Gareth Southgate insists will not be a factor when his team face Croatia in Sunday's all-or-nothing Nations League decider. "In the second half we deserved a lot more, we certainly didn't deserve defeat but this is football and we need to accept it".

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"I would love to qualify for the final four, but our top objective is the European Championships", he said.

"When we arrived at the national team we knew the situation and we are forming a group", he told the press conference after the game.

"I am sure we have it in us to beat England", Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. "We'll look for another solution and that will be fine, I hope".

Spain blew the chance to reach the Nations League final four in a gripping defeat by Croatia, which leaves Group A4 wide open.

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