Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subašić has revealed how a mole in the Real Madrid camp helped him save Sergio Ramos’s penalty.
Croatia came from behind to win and top Group D thanks to a dramatic Ivan Perišić goal, leaving Spain who lost a golden opportunity to regain the lead to play Italy in a repeat of the 2012 final.
It seemed Spain would win the tie when David Silva was fouled for a penalty but Subašić brilliantly denied Ramos after after sharing words in whispers with his captain Srna, and according to the France based goallie:
What About Sergio Ramos Penalty?
“Well, what can you say? Penalties are a lottery, similar to us having the penalty against the Czech Republic in the last minute. The guy struck it well, I waited a little bit and blocked it and we’re lucky to have come back.
“Darijo Srna whispered to me [before the penalty] that, basically [Sergio Ramos’s Real Madrid team-mate] Luka [Modrić] told him to wait and to go to my right, so that’s what happened and it worked.” Subašić stated as quoted on the UEFA.com
Moments after the penalty miss, Perišić inside the 87th minute beat the Spain defence and produced a cool left footed finish to complete the turnaround for Ante Čačić’s men.
Without so many key players, Croatia went for the kill from the start, not letting the Spain goal knock them off their stride.
Both goals will be watched again and again by Croatia fans for years to come, and Subašić will enjoy looking back at his penalty save too.