Victory For Spain as La Roja Put Three Past Croatia in Group B Opener

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Spain got their European Championship campaign to a fine start after beating Croatia 3-0 on Saturday night at the Olympiastadion.

La Roja took control of the game early on, leaving the Croats chasing the ball for the best part of the first 15 minutes of the game.

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Spain looked like a far more dynamic squad than they had been under de la Fuente’s predecessor, Luis Enrique.

Shortly before the half-hour mark, Alvaro Morata, who had made 11 appearances in this competition, scored his seventh goal after being put through.

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The goal puts him in third position among the top goalscorers of this competition, behind Cristiano Ronaldo in first place with 14 goals, and Michel Platini with 9 goals in second place.

In what was a great performance by La Roja in the first half, Alvaro Morata’s goal set Spain up on their way to victory.

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Croatia appeared to have found their feet just before Morata’s goal, but Fabián Ruiz and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal made it 3-0 to Spain before HT.

One of the highlights of the game was Lamine Yamal’s pinpoint cross that found Dani Carvajal for his first Spain goal.

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old Barcelona player, Yamal, became the youngest-ever player to play at a European Championship.

The youngster tormented the Croatia defence until he got replaced in the latter stages of the game.

Those who watched De la Fuente’s team easily qualify might not have been surprised by an overwhelming start, but after an impressive first half, this Spanish team showed that they meant business.

Croatia looked stunned, and the team that had defeated Portugal the previous game wasn’t even given a late reprieve when Bruno Petković’s goal—which he tapped in after missing his spot-kick—was disallowed by the VAR.

Spain supporters are in a bit of panic, owing to captain Alvaro Morata’s early withdrawal and they will be hoping that he recovers in time for the mouthwatering tie with Italy in La Roja’s next match.

Croatia, on the other hand, have a mountain to climb with matchups against Italy and Albania to come.

Spain’s display is a warning to others that they are not here to play.

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