Euro 2020: Bizarre! Spain goalkeeper's blunder leads to own goal against Croatia in Round of 16 match - WATCH

Euro 2020: The Spain goalkeeper took his eye off the ball at the last moment, and the ball clipped his leg and rolled into the back of the net.
Spain's goalkeeper Unai Simon reacts after taking an own goal during the Euro 2020 football match against Croatia.(AP)
Spain's goalkeeper Unai Simon reacts after taking an own goal during the Euro 2020 football match against Croatia.(AP)
Updated on Jun 29, 2021 12:09 AM IST
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Spain's goalkeeper Unai Simón Mendibil made a howler to concede a bizarre own goal in their Euro 2020 Round of 16 clash against Croatia on Monday. Spain started the match against Luka Modric's Croatia on the front foot and dominated possession in the first 20 minutes. (Euro 2020 Full Coverage)

But despite Croatia having some nervy moments inside their box, having to defend deep in the early going, the first major howler came from Spain.

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The moment occurred in the 20th minute of the match when Pedri knocked a gentle pass back to Simon from midfield under a challenge from Croatia's players. But the Spain goalkeeper took his eye off the ball at the last moment, and the ball clipped his leg and rolled into the back of the net.


After a taking a further look at the incident, the officials decided to credit the own goal to Pedri, and not Simon.

The match turned into a thriller as Croatia scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to level the score at 3-3 in the regulation time. But Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal scored in the Extra time to help Spain to 5-3 win.


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