Spain oust Croatia to reach last eight

18 June 2012 09:49

Defending champions Spain left it late before ousting Croatia 1-0 in Gdansk on Monday to reach the quarter-finals as they won Group C.

After a tight encounter which rarely hit the heights Jesus Navas bundled in a close-range winner in the 87th minute to send the World Cup winners through with seven points ahead of Italy, who beat Ireland 2-0 to clinch second place on five points.

Croatia finished on four with Ireland pointless.

The Croatians could have qualified as group winners themselves but Navas' late contribution left them high and dry.

Source: AFP