It happened again …
In a tournament that is quickly becoming known as a kind of centerpiece of goals against its own side, Euro 2020 has served as another entry that deserves to be in the home goal hall of fame in the clash. of 16 between Croatia and Spain.
- Unai Simón’s comedy mistake led to an own own goal for Croatia in their game against Spain
- There are now as many own goals against his side at Euro 2020 (9) as there have been in all previous European Championship finals combined
- Spain won the game against Croatia 5-3
Spain – the beneficiary of a mind-blowing howl in their last group game against Slovakia, when Martin Dúbravka hilariously threw the ball into his own net – were this time at the reception when goalkeeper Unai Simón kicked off the ball. made a terrible mistake to give Croatia the advantage.
In the 20th minute of the game, Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Simón inexplicably let a back pass from Pedri slip off his foot to give Croatia an unexpected lead in Copenhagen.
Defender Pedri was credited with the own goal, and although the pass was well struck, Simón has to take most of the blame.
It was not the first time that Croatia have taken advantage of a goal against their comedy camp in this way.
In qualifying for Euro 2008, England allowed Croatia a similar goal in Zagreb, when a backpass from Gary Neville passed Paul Robinson to help the Croats to a 2-0 victory.
Robinson had the mitigating factor of the ball hitting a divot for his moment of horror, while Simón can have no excuse, despite staring desperately at the pitch.
The goal was the ninth goal against his side of Euro 2020.
This is equivalent to the nine own goals scored in total in the last 16 European Championship finals dating back to 1960.
The home goal precedes the real thriller
Despite a poor start, Spain and Croatia offered one of the best matches of the tournament.
Spain took a 3-1 lead after the home side goal, thanks to goals from Pablo Sarabia, César Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres.
Simón even atoned for his blunder in the 67th minute when he brilliantly saved a deflected effort from Joško Gvardiol to his right when the score was 2-1.
However, the own goal proved crucial as Croatia returned to the race thanks to goals from Mislav Oršić and Mario Pašalić in the final five minutes of the game to send the game into overtime.
In the extra 30 minutes, Simón again proved his true worth against Spain, saving Andrej Kramarić superbly at close range from a pestle to keep the score 3-3.
And from there Spain were too strong and won the game 5-3 after Álvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal found the back of the net.