Among many international games tonight, two attracted the most attention. The first one was played in Zagreb and the second in London.
Last Minute Dagger in Zagreb
Croatia hosted Spain in the match of Group 4, of Division A in UEFA Nations League. The home team won, 3:2, and they did it one minute before the end of the injury time.
The hero of the nation was Bayer Leverkusen’s youngster Tin Jedvaj, who netted a brace. But what is more important is that he scored a game-winner in the last moment of this event, making the situation in this group very complicated. At the moment, Spain has 6 points, in four games. Both England and Croatia have 4 points apiece but with one game in hand.
Now, whoever wins in London in the last round advances to the Final Four, as the winner of this assembly. On the other hand, the loser will be relegated to a lower division. If by any chance game concludes with a draw, Spain goes up, and Croatia goes down because of a goal difference. The reverse fixture between these nations ended with Spain humiliating the Croats with 6:0. The interesting thing about this match is that all five scores took place in the second half. Kramaric started all with an opening goal for Croatia, while Ceballos and Sergio Ramos scored for the guests.
Wembley was overwhelmed with emotions tonight, as one of favorite English sons decided to retire from the national team. After 120 games, Wayne Rooney said that it was enough. He entered the pitch in the 58th minute of the match, and earned a standing ovation. Each and every fan who came to Wembley last night, showed his admiration to one of the best strikers England ever had.
His team defeated the United States, quite easily with 3-0, and the powerful striker almost scored in the injury time, but the USA’s goalkeeper Guzan denied that effort. Rooney, now playing in Washington DC, bowed to the fans after the match, sharing his emotions with them.
As for the game, the English team was in control during the whole time. Gareth Southgate decided to experiment a little bit, since this was a friendly match and it didn’t have any pressure regarding the result. Therefore, he included three rookies, defender Dunk, goalkeeper McCarthy, and Callum Wilson.
The Bournemouth’s prolific striker scored a goal on his debut, the last one of the game, sealing the faith of the Americans in this contest. Man United’s Lingard opened the show in the 26th minute with a spectacular score. Just two minutes later, Trent Alexander-Arnold made a fantastic strike, which was probably even more attractive goal than the previous one. There was no chance for the guests to avoid a defeat, and this match showed many weaknesses of Dave Sarachan’s boys.
In the meantime, good news came from Croatia, where the runner-up of this year’s World Cup defeated Spain.