Spain’s thrilling 5-3 extra-time win in the last-16 at Euro 2020 on Monday began as a nightmare for goalkeeper Unai Simon with a blunder that gifted Croatia a goal but ended in a dream finish as his point-blank save in extra time proved key to victory.
Spain looked in control when Simon failed to control Pedri’s back pass in the 20th minute and watched helplessly as the ball bounced over his foot into the net to put Croatia 1-0 ahead. It was scored from 49 yards, the longest own-goal ever seen at a European Championship and the first from outside the box.
However, the 24-year-old Simon’s team mates kept faith with their goalkeeper. “We have complete confidence in him,” captain Sergio Busquets said.
“Unai has a very laid back mentality but he’s ambitious at the same time. And I think he showed that in his…