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Spain suffer late Nations League defeat to Croatia

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Luis Enrique’s side were beaten again

Spain v England - UEFA Nations League A Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona trio Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets all started for Spain, as Luis Enrique’s side were beaten 3-2 by Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday.

The two teams played out a dramatic match in Zagreb, and the result means Spain, Croatia and England can all still finish top of Group A4. The final fixture in the group takes place on Sunday when England play Croatia.

Croatia took the lead early in the second half through Andrej Kramarić. However, Spain hit back almost instantly through Dani Ceballos.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic was also in action for Croatia, he departed on 68 minutes as the game sprang into life.

Tin Jedvaj restored Croatia’s lead on 69 minutes, and Sergio Ramos then equalised for Spain from the penalty spot to make it 2-2.

The game looked to be heading for a draw until Jedvaj struck again deep in stoppage time to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory for the World Cup finalists.

Spain can still finish top of the group and advance to the finals if England and Croatia draw on Sunday. If either England or Croatia win, Spain will finish up second in the group.

After a bright start to life with Spain, Enrique has now lost two in a row, conceding six goals along the way.

Next up for Lucho and his team are Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly in Las Palmas on Sunday.