The Hard Tackle brings to you a roundup of the last batch of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers from Europe
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Tournament trailblazers Croatia will meet Portugal on Saturday in one of the most anticipated clashes of the Round of 16 of the Euros, having made their way through a group comprising of Spain, Czech Republic and Turkey.
Ivan Perisic and Croatia left the world dazzled in the 89th minute of their final group game against tournament favourites when they snatched away top spot from a complacent Spanish side to avoid playing Italy in such an early stage of the competition. The Hard Tackle asks the crucial question on the aftermath of the Spanish Tragedy - is it fair to even call it an upset anymore?
Croatia pulled off one of the most memorable comebacks in their history after they edged Spain by a 2-1 scoreline in Bordeaux. Sergio Ramos missed a crucial penalty that would see Croatia finish as group winners.
Croatia pulled off a shocking upset over defending champions Spain in the European championship to top group D. However midfielder Andres Iniesta once again proved to be one of the best players on the pitch despite his team's loss.
Spain and Croatia will play the final match in Group D on Tuesday to determine who tops the group. Spain is comfortably placed at the table summit with 6 points from a possible 6, while Croatia were left licking their wounds after they lost 2 points to Czech republic despite taking a 2 goal lead in a match marred with fan violence.
Hooliganism took centre stage at the Euros once again as Croatian fans threw flares onto the pitch that hit a steward whilst the national side was in action against the Czech Republic. A number of supporters then started to fight among themselves causing a break in play.
It was an eventful night at the Euros as Spain delivered a power packed thumping performance against a lacklustre Turkish side that failed to deliver the goods, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic fails to register himself on the scoresheet against Italy. Croatia on the other hand may have jeopardised their qualification hopes by squandering what looked like an unassailable lead.
Luka Modric scored one of the goals of the tournament so far to give Croatia a 1-0 win over Turkey while his Real Madrid teammate Toni Kroos starred in Germany's 2-0 triumph over Ukraine.