Spain starts Euro 2024 with convincing win over Croatia

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16th June 2024 – (Berlin) Spain made an impressive start to their Euro 2024 campaign, securing a comfortable victory against Croatia with three goals in the first 45 minutes in Group B. Meanwhile, Italy displayed resilience as they came from behind to defeat Albania 2-1 on Saturday.

In the clash between Spain and Croatia at the Olympia Stadium in Berlin, both teams began the game cautiously. However, it was Spain who broke the deadlock in the 30th minute when Fabian Ruiz delivered a perfectly timed pass to Alvaro Morata, who confidently found the back of the net. Just three minutes later, Ruiz himself scored a stunning goal, driving the ball low into the bottom right corner, leaving Croatia’s goalkeeper with no chance of stopping it. Spain continued their dominance, and Daniel Carvajal sealed their first-half triumph by tapping in a precise cross from the youngest-ever tournament player, Lamine Yamal, aged 16 years and 338 days.

In the second half, Spain maintained their attacking intent, but neither Yamal nor Morata could add to the scoreline. Croatia had their chances, with Josip Stanisic’s shot blocked on the goal line and Unai Simon denying Andrej Kramaric’s header. However, Bruno Petkovic missed a penalty, and his subsequent rebound goal was disallowed due to encroachment, denying Croatia a consolation.

In another Group B match, Italy turned the tables after conceding an early goal against Albania. Alessandro Bastoni equalized before Nicolo Barella secured a 2-1 victory, earning Italy three crucial points.

Meanwhile, in Group A, Switzerland triumphed 3-1 over Hungary, leveling points with host nation Germany. Kwadwo Duah and Michel Aebischer scored for Switzerland in the first half, and although Barnabas Varga pulled one back for Hungary after halftime, Breel Embolo’s late goal sealed a 3-1 victory for the Swiss.

The Euro 2024 tournament promises more thrilling encounters as teams compete for glory on the European stage.