Ivan Perisic struck an electrifying champ three minutes from time as Croatia finished Spain’s 14-diversion unbeaten keep running at the European Championship finals to top Group D after a 2-1 triumph on Tuesday.
Spain will now confront Italy in the keep going 16 in Paris on Monday in a rehash of the 2012 last.
Alvaro Morata’s initial strike got Spain off to a flying begin. Be that as it may, in spite of the nonattendance of Luka Modric through harm, Croatia fought back to even out before half-time through Nikola Kalinic.
Spain commander Sergio Ramos saw a punishment spared by Danijel Subasic 18 minutes from time.
What’s more, that miss demonstrated indispensable when Perisic snuck the ball home at David de Gea’s close post.
Croatia meet one of the best third-set sides in Lens on Saturday.
Spain could likewise need to face title holders Germany in the quarter-finals and hosts France in the semi-finals in the event that they are to achieve the last in Paris on July 10.
“Presently we need to hit the dance floor with the top picks, yet to be champions you need to beat everybody,” said Ramos, who pledged Spain will gain from their slip-ups.
Mentor Vicente del Bosque would rather have evaded an early meeting with the on-structure Italians.
“It is not perfect, that would have been to complete first (in the gathering),” said Del Bosque.
“We need to recuperate well. We are set up to turn this circumstance around.”
Morata’s arrival to European champions Real Madrid from Juventus had been affirmed before on Tuesday.
What’s more, he moved level with club colleague Gareth Bale on three objectives in the battle for the brilliant boot by completing off a smooth Spanish move following seven minutes.
David Silva’s charming opposite pass chose Cesc Fabregas’ run and the Chelsea midfielder’s cross was taken advantage of a vacant net by Morata.
Spain looked once in a while disturbed at the back in their opening two diversions, however were given a lot of issues by Croatia even without star midfielder Modric.
Kalinic stung the palms of David de Gea before constraining a blunder from the Manchester United ‘manager as he dithered.
The free ball tumbled to Ivan Rakitic and his splendid chipped exertion glided over Barcelona colleague Gerard Pique on hold before returning off both the crossbar and post.
Morata had an incredible opportunity to twofold Spain’s lead when he neglected to control Fabregas’ fine through ball with only Subasic to beat.
Be that as it may, Del Bosque’s men were pegged back right on half-time when Perisic’s cross from the left was flicked home by Kalinic.
It was the first run through Spain had yielded in 11 focused diversions extending back to October 2014 and first time they had surrendered in the Euros for a record 733 minutes.
The objective thumped Spain out of their step as Croatia pushed them onto the back foot toward the begin of the second time frame.
De Gea spared from Tin Jedvaj to give penance for his own particular blunder in fluttering at a cross before Marko Pjaca sent an aerobatic exertion only wide from the bounce back.
Pjaca additionally had claims for a punishment waved away as Croatia debilitated the objective that would have taken them top of the gathering.
Del Bosque pulled back front two Nolito and Morata for the more physical nearness of Bruno Soriano and Aritz Aduriz.
Spain were then given an incredible opportunity to retake the lead when arbitrator Bjorn Kuipers pronounced Silva had been pushed by Sime Vrsaljko inside the range.
Modric seemed to send on a message to Subasic when he saw his Real Madrid fellow team member Ramos venture up to take the spot-kick.
What’s more, Subasic got fortunate as his recovery was permitted to remain in spite of the certainty he had infringed well before Ramos trained in on.
Croatia took full point of interest to expose the competition as Perisic lashed home to round off a clinical counter-assault.