Croatia vs Spain Euro 2012 Highlights 0-1 June 18 Jesus Navas Goal Video

By Soccer Blog | Jun 18, 2012

Croatia vs Spain Euro 2012 ( Croatia Espana VIDEO BELOW)

Final score and result:- Croatia vs Spain 0-1 ( Jesus Navas)

PGE Arena, Gdansk, Poland- Group C, Euro 2012- June 18, 2012- 19.45- Mon- 18/6/12

Jesus Navas scores a late winner to book defending champions Spain’s place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 as group winners.

Croatia vs Spain 0-1 ( Jesus Navas goal vs Croatia 88′)

Croatia v Spain Euro 2012 attendance:- ( Referee- Stark)

Croatia starting lineup vs Spain Euro 2012:- Pletikosa, Vida, Corluka, Schildenfeld, Strinic, Vukojevic, Rakitic, Srna, Modric, Pranjic, Mandzukic

Spain starting lineup v Croatia 2012:- Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Silva, Torres, Iniesta

( Credits of this Croatia vs Spain Euro 2012 Highlights Video with uploaders)

38 Comments so far
  1. Tom June 18, 2012 10:04 pm

    Gotta feel for the Croats- they miss out but Greece and Czech Republic go through?

    Very unfair

  2. Bryan June 18, 2012 10:06 pm

    Looks like the Spanish were offside twice in the course of scoring that ‘goal’.

  3. Gordan June 19, 2012 2:10 am

    Spain very unconvincing- both England and France will fancy a crack

  4. Ammo June 19, 2012 4:01 am

    Spain had got benefit from the match
    against repub. Of ireland otherwise the
    top of the group was croatia with 4 points

  5. @ Bryan June 19, 2012 4:51 am

    Its not offside watch carefully.

  6. oBcy June 19, 2012 6:13 am

    …He (the scorer) was not interfering with the game!?
    He IS offside, draws defenders to himself and later scores the goal.
    What a bullshit.
    On the other hand… Spain is too good to be eliminated by… Croatia.

    I have enough of that corrupted stuff.

    (And I’m NOT a Croat…).


  7. maria k June 19, 2012 6:33 am

    That was a definite offside goal. Croatia played a beautiful game, but I rate the ref was being unfair as Spain deserved at least 4 yellow cards during that game but got none.. And Croatia got 6. Also, there was definite foul play both times the Croatians had a great chance to score. Got a feeling the Croats will come back in 2014 looking for vengeance. They played a great game as the underdogs last night. #respect

  8. maria k June 19, 2012 6:38 am

    To be quite honest I think that the game was actually tweaked because it would be the greatest embarrassment if Spain (so-called world champs) had to be sent home by the “under dgos”.

  9. SPAIN EURO 2012 June 19, 2012 7:00 am

    spain the best…croatia shit!!!!!

  10. Another Slav/east Europe team bites the dust June 19, 2012 8:50 am

    Bye Croatia! Good try, but I am pleased you got knocked out.

    Next to be eliminated: Ukraine.

    @maria k: That was not an offside goal. And stop using hashtags in the comment section: this isn’t Twitter.

  11. kuttu June 19, 2012 9:02 am

    Iniesta was onside when Fabregas chips it.Navas was behind the ball when Iniesta passes to him.
    so it is not offside. its a goal..:)

  12. jaime June 19, 2012 10:36 am

    Forget about who was offside when Iniesta received the ball but his pass to Navas was a forward pass, not a square or back pass….that clearly is an offside…looks like referees are briefed on taking convenient late decisions which would affect the future revenues of matches to be played..Spain got thru the first round, that’s as far as they’ll go

  13. Endrique! June 19, 2012 11:11 am

    Their next much will confirm if it was an offside goal!

  14. Bryan June 19, 2012 11:15 am

    Dunno, I watched it a few times and at the point where they pause the video and I still think that was offside. Close, yes, but offside.

  15. Alexis June 19, 2012 11:27 am

    That missed second half header from Rakitic was crucial for Croatia

  16. Lana June 19, 2012 11:32 am

    I think most of the people are getting sick of seeing always the same going through and getting favours just because they are so called “amazing teams” “world champions” and so on…yes they were but 4 YEARS AGO!!!!!and anything can happen in 4 years and we can see spain is not as good as they were 2-4 years ago already…

    The referee didn’t even call the penalty when there was clearly one around the 86th minute in favour of the croats. It was so obvious!! I’m sure he would have called it if the croats who did the fault… pfff

    I totally agree with maria k june!! they had to spare spain from such an embarrassment. But spain will fall down from their throne as soon as they will get kicked out by a better team…

    I feel so sorry for the Croats because they deserved to go further, they were good!

  17. John June 19, 2012 1:19 pm

    SPAIN SUCKS!!! Such a world class which need’s help from referees to win!

    Stark “somehow missed” TWO penalties and obvious offside!

    BRAVE AND GREAT CROATIA! That’s real sport spirit!

  18. John June 19, 2012 1:21 pm

    But spain will fall down from their throne as soon as they will get kicked out by a better team…

    I hope so! Spain is a bunch of overrated “stars” with no hearth at all! They are pathetic!


  19. John June 19, 2012 1:27 pm

    Bye Croatia! Good try, but I am pleased you got knocked out.

    Next to be eliminated: Ukraine.

    @maria k: That was not an offside goal. And stop using hashtags in the comment section: this isn’t Twitter.

    You’re gonna pay soon for your insults and hideous attitude! And in your style of speaking, Spain-another shitty southern mediteranean debt crisis state!

    Your only treet is football, but i can assure you – not for long! You’re gonna be demolished by real class team!

  20. Michael June 19, 2012 3:49 pm

    Ukraine are not going through it will be england v France or England

  21. Trevor June 19, 2012 4:18 pm

    I aint behind Croati but their play was too Impresive..
    But they had to lose that Game because the Reffree was
    Also on the side of the Spanish! But anyway….hard luck to Croatian.

  22. perfect goal June 19, 2012 5:07 pm

    i feel sorry for those who are sprouting ” its offside”. before calling its offside learn the rule of the game.
    A clarification for the case should be traced back to Cesc Fabregas, who brilliantly lobbed the ball through the Croats’ defence for Andres Iniesta, who was obviously in an onside position, while Navas was evidently in an offside spot.

    However, as the ball was played to Iniesta, rather than Navas, there was no offside offence here, according to Rule 11 in FIFA’s Laws of the game, which stipulates that “being in an offside position is not reasonable enough for a player to be ruled offside.”

    According to the rule, once it has been established that a player is in an offside position, the second condition is evaluated in order to decide whether the player is involved in active play by interfering with play; or interfering with an opponent; or gaining an advantage by being in that position. If Fabregas had played the ball down the middle between Iniesta and Navas, and Navas had made an attempt to play the ball, it would have been an offside offence, but that was not the case here

    The notion “interfering with active play,” according to definition by the International Football Association Board, is “playing or touching the ball when it has been passed or touched by a teammate.”

    And this obviously does not apply to Navas, as it was Iniesta who received – or “touched the ball,” as the definition says – from his teammate Fabregas.

    Moreover, by the time Iniesta passed the ball to Navas, the scorer was slightly behind the ball, which is an onside position, and his goal was thus totally legal as per FIFA law.

    as for iniesta
    his arms were very close to offside position, but UEFA does not count arms for being in offside position. If it was his head then that would have been a close call and either decision would be right. UEFA only counts upper body when leaning as the offside.

  23. perfect goal June 19, 2012 5:09 pm


  24. Allen June 19, 2012 5:12 pm

    It’s just sad to see such ref mistakes in such competition. It was obvious that Croatia will not win all though they were playing such an impressive game vs spain.
    2 penalties and offside, I feel sorry for them. Great game Croats!

  25. John June 19, 2012 9:34 pm

    It is obvious also that Ukraine isn’t going to win since England has at least one more player on it’s side, immoral referee, who “overlooked” regular score for Ukraine, which is perfectly clear on slow motion!

    It isn’t fair play and great performance of Ukraine that is important! Money, fuc…. money from commercials, UEFA-s corporative politics, etc! That gentleman isn’t football, sport spirit at all!

    Somehow this match reminds me much of Croatia-Spain match, also with disastrous referee! It is shameful that representations like Spain, England and Germany need such a obvious help from ref’s!

    My suggestion to the corrupt, immoral and injust organisation called UEFA; how about to organise European football championship only for big money and influential teams in this order;
    1. Spain, 2. England, 3. Italy, 4. Germany,5. France, 6. Russia,7. Netherland, and, maybe Denmark or Sweden…!!!!


  26. John June 19, 2012 9:45 pm

    ONLY BIG MONEY is what is important to the UEFA! This org. is shameful!

    I hope YOUR’S (UEFA-s) favorites will be crushed heavily soon esp. SPAIN, ITALY and ENGLAND!!!!

    Also I hope that we’re gonna watch final without “attractive” teams, and that UEFA will lose MUCH, MUCH of MONEY from canceled and reduced commercials!



  27. Kebu Sornau June 19, 2012 11:38 pm

    Forget about Spain! the real question is: how much italy paid for this lame goal to happen?
    Poor bstrdos couldn`t score properly as Croatians did against R.of Ireland (no offence to Irish Team). It isn`t the first time they proove its not a sport any more. Let`s get real: ts a theatre of gladiators with big money involved.

  28. noz June 20, 2012 3:31 am

    wondering if at that time the reffree decided its an offside, will here any controvertion?

  29. noz June 20, 2012 3:34 am

    wondering if at that time the referee decided its an offside, will here any controvertion?

  30. Jackson Black June 20, 2012 8:18 am

    perfect goal June 19, 2012 5:07 pm are have reposted this on a number of sites and you need to get it right.

    Firstly: Navas who was in offside before Fabregas released the ball..ran towards the pass and then pulled back…he was attempting to make contact with the pass until he realised it was heading for Iniesta…because he knew he was in offside position..

    Secondly: According to the rule, once it has been established that a player is in an offside position, the second condition is evaluated in order to decide whether the player is involved in active play by interfering with play; or interfering with an opponent; or gaining an advantage by being in that position. …I’ll repeat the last part for you….because your comprehension is obviously lacking….or gaining an advantage by being in that position…once again …or gaining an advantage by being in that position…Navas was clearly gaining an advantage by being in that position..that he originally was.

    Thirdly: the pass from Iniesta was forward and Navas ran onto it…

    Which ever way YOU want to interpret it . Navas was clearly gaining an advantage by being in the position that he was before the ball was released.

    The other point I would like to make is… a small country like Croatia deserves a go and clearly Wolfgang Stark didn;t se it that way…five minutes before the goal was allowed..Vedran Corluka was pulled down in the penalty box before he was able to make contact with his head and the ball. Should have been an instant red card and penalty for obstructing a goal attempt. History won;t show this however ….on field favourtism can only take you so far when your style of soccer is as bland as a chorizo that hasn’t been cooked.

  31. guest June 20, 2012 9:33 am

    Dear Jackson Black

    let me now clarify for you what GAINING AN ADVANTAGE is. It is not the way you understand it as in your everyday language. It is the way rules define it. RULES. Not everyday language.

    And the rules are clear. You gain an advantage of the offside position by
    “Playing the ball after the ball has rebounded off the goal, the goalkeeper, or any opponent”

    I know it is more narrow then everyday usage of “gaining the advantage”, but you can only complain about the use of language by the rules. The goal is still valid. However stupid this may sound to you, according to the rules Navas was not “gaining an advantage” by running on the other side of penatly area. It is simply not sufficient to make it an offside offence, even if he got the next pass.

    Perfect referee decision. I am really mad that media are not educating the people about those rules, and there is so much confusion in people’s minds.


  32. Jackson Black June 20, 2012 12:07 pm

    guest June 20, 2012 9:33 am
    fifa(dot)com/lotg/football/en/flash/start(dot)html (Right about no 12 for you)

    Explain to me then how was Navas not interfering with active play? When he was in offside first of all and then received the ball from his team mate.
    Basically its ok to sit in an offside position wait for your team mate to receive the ball and then hang on the end of it when your both the last two players and then the goalie.

    You know what I’m mad about that Croatia got shafted in this game whilst the big two in the group got through. Half the Croatian team was booked for laughable offences and clear infringements by Spanish players in the penalty boxes went unnoticed and waved on in play. You conveniently refused to address those in your response. Now they are infringements that are also governed under FIFA’s laws. Of course open to Wolfgang Starks interpretation and everyday language. This guy should be investigated it was a farce watching that game. HOW DARE should Croatia knock out the world and euro champs.

  33. Kebu Sornau June 20, 2012 2:02 pm

    Dear Jackson Black and guest
    This very nice conversation you make there. But Spain had nothing to prove. By scoring that goal they helped helpless Italians who where stragling to qualify to quarterfinals. It is very convinient for both of you to drow attention to offside and red card offences, but the truth is THE ITALIANS BENEFIT FROM SPANISH OFFSIDE GOAL …and of course bookies

  34. John June 20, 2012 2:28 pm

    I absoulutelly agree with all you’ve said! Stark is a immoral and incompetent ref!

    I hope France smash and humiliate so called Spanish “stars”, with scores like; 3-1, 2-0, …still even 1-0 would do it!

    Also i would like see Greece destroy overrated Germany (I wonder what that rep. would be without huge amounts of money pumped in it!)

    Although i detest England and Italy both as same, i hope that Eng. will smash fuc… Italians, maybe the most pathetic rep. on the world, that always come through with as little real game
    presented! With Spain, most overrated representation in the whole world!

  35. Vlado June 20, 2012 10:40 pm

    Only reason why Stark is on Euro is to do the “job”.Ramos start on Mandzukic is for prison not for card.Will criterium be the same in opposite situation?We,Croats are to small to beat any of five top football countries on UEFA list.Thats why Stark is here.But same thing was on Euro 96 with Germany and at France 98 we send germans home with 3:0.Hope see any of “big” on World Cup with Croatia in same group.Revenge is behind door.

  36. Vixencamorra June 21, 2012 1:32 pm

    When the offside rule had been carefully explained to me the reason for it was to prevent an attacker staying near the goal for the game. This exquisitly simple motive for the rule and the basic offside principle (that no attacking player should be ahead of a defender except the goalkeeper when the ball is passed) is clear and fair. This is the simple beauty of the offside rule. The de-cluttering of the exceptions noted above (e.g. attacker not ‘in position a of influence’ or ‘gaining advantage’) would remove ambiguity, to the benefit of all taking part.

    In design, simplicity is elegant and effective.

  37. Sandman June 25, 2012 7:33 am

    The issue here is the Corluka no-penalty call in the 86th minute. It was a clear penalty and red card. The ref and his assistant’s somehow missed this, so how much did they get paid??

    Unlucky Croatia.

  38. Igor June 28, 2012 10:58 pm

    This just shows that the big teams (Italy, Spain, and germany) need refs to win their games. It was obvious, Corluka and Mandzukic both got fouled in the penalty box, but the refs “SOMEHOW” missed both of those obvious penalties.

    I AM a Croatian, but am not biased, and the goal by Spain WASN”T offside, it was close, but it wasn’t. But this is how it should have went, Corluka gets the penalty, he scores, Croatia puts all players on defense, Croatia wins the game. But unfrotunately, this is also ones of those games where the ref decides who will win.

    But guys, please don’t blame the refs. The whole UEFA is a big set-up and is very corrupt. If that ref was actually fair and Croatia beat Spain, that ref would have been fired and never used again all b/c of a “little” team beating such a big team.

    All in all, don’t blame the refs, blame the UEFA for making this happen.

    As someone else said, soccer isn’t a sport anymore, it’s an organization of highly paid “Gladiators”.

    And for any skeptics out there, would you please explain to me why the only game where the refs were mad was when Croatia played Spain?

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