Croatia was crestfallen following its exit from Euro 2020 in a 5-3 extra time defeat by Spain after a riveting fightback in its last 16 clash at Parken Stadium.

“I am sad because we are out of the tournament and I feel sorry for our fantastic fans and the players who left it all out there on the pitch,” said coach Zlatko Dalic.

A bizarre own goal by Pedri fired the Croatians ahead but they looked down and out after Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilicueta and Ferran Torres put Spain 3-1 ahead.

EURO 2020: Spain beats Croatia 5-3 to advance to the quarterfinals

Late substitutes Mislav Orsic and Mario Pasalic engineered a spectacular comeback and forced extra time but goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal sank Croatia, whose striker Andrej Kramaric spurned a sitter with the score 3-3.

“They are a good team who will punish you for every mistake you make but the chance we missed in…

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