Spain’s Vicente del Bosque did not make any changes to his first XI, and they were beaten in the European Championships for the first time in 12 years and a day.
Croatia, who were fielding a weakened team themselves, albeit not through choice, recovered from conceding after eight minutes to Alvaro Morata’s third goal of the tournament to give themselves a chance of progressing deep into the tournament. Goals from Nikola Kalinic, playing better than ever did at Blackburn Rovers, and Ivan Perisic, earned them a knock-out tie against a third-placed finisher, then a meeting with Switzerland or Poland.Spain, for whom Sergio Ramos missed a penalty at 1-1, face Italy in Paris on Monday, then, probably, a quarter-final with Germany.
Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan strikes gave Turkey a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic that also sent Northern Ireland into the last 16 of Euro 2016.
Turkey’s first points of the tournament, in their final Group D game in Lens, also gave them hope of progressing to the next stage as one of the best third-placed teams.Turkey knew they would have to win by at least two goals to keep their tournament alive. They achieved that with strikes in each half from Yilmaz and Tufan.