EHF EURO 2020
Croatia started better and in a match of defenses and slow attacking play, they were in lead in the first half 7-10 (19.min). After a timeout from Ribera Perez de Vargas replaced Corrales (without any saving) and Maqueda came on rightback position too. This overturned the match as Perez de Vargas had a 70% percentage in this period and Maqueda scored 3 goals on a row, leveling the game for Spain. Croatia seemed very tired, fought, but Spain led 12-11 at the pause.
In the second half, Spain had the lead 16-12 after 5 minutes, but after this, they had an almost ten minutes scoring-break and Croatia got back in the match, 16-15, leveling the match at 18-18. Duvnjak, Stepanic, and Karacic led Croatians, meanwhile, Perez de Vargas, Entrerrios, Dujshebajev or Maqueda were decisive for the Spaniards.
Croatia managed to take the lead 18-19, but Spain equalized and tried to turn every single detail in their favor, winning the match 22-20 at the end.
Spain – Croatia 22 – 20 (12 – 11)
Referees: Nachevski, Nikolov (MKD)
Spain: Perez de Vargas (42%), Corrales (0%) (GK) – Gomez 5(3), Maqueda 3, Entrerrios 2, Dujshebaev 2, Aguinagalde 2, Sarmiento 2, Canellas 2, Fernandez 1, Sole 1, Figueras 1, Goni 1, Morros, Arino, Guardiola
Croatia: Sego (21%), Asanin (14%) (GK) – Duvnjak 5, Karacic 4, Stepancic 3, Maric 3, Horvat 2, Mamic 1, Brozovic 1, Mandic 1, Hrstic, Sarac, Musa, Cindirc, Matanovic, Sipic
7 meters: 3/3; 5/4
Suspensions: 4 minutes/4 minutes
Player of the match: Domagoj Duvnjak (CRO)