Sergio Ramos saw his penalty saved against Croatia.

Croatia goalkeeper reveals Luka Modric's message before Sergio Ramos' penalty

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Croatia have Luka Modric to thank after the Real Madrid star helped Danijel Subasic save Sergio Ramos' penalty.

Tuesday's European Championship tie between Croatia and Spain was tied at 1-1 when David Silva was brought down inside the box.

And moments before Ramos stepped up to take the ensuing penalty, Darijo Srna was seen relaying a message to Subasic sent from Modric.


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Of course, Modric and Ramos are teammates at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But they were rivals last night in Bordeaux, and it was Modric who came out on top.

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Subasic revealed Modric's message after the game.

"Penalties are a lottery," the goalkeeper said, per Goal. "The guy from Czech Republic [Tomas Necid] smashed the ball well, this time I waited a little and made a good save.

"Luka Modric sent a message through Srna to wait for Ramos and that he will shoot to my right side. And that's what happened."

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Comeback win

The penalty miss occurred in the 72nd minute. 15 minutes later, Ivan Perisic secured Croatia's victory with a neat strike.

Yet it didn't look like being a successful night for Croatia when Alvaro Morata put La Roja ahead in the seventh minute.

However, Nikola Kalinic levelled the scores on the stroke of half-time, before the game's incredible finish.

Croatia v Spain - Group D: UEFA Euro 2016

The win means Ante Cacic's side finish top of Group D with the reigning champions second.

Quite remarkably, it was Spain's first defeat in a European Championship match in 12 years.

But their hopes of completing a hat-trick of titles just became a whole lot harder. Instead of facing the third-placed team in either Group B, E or F, as Croatia will, Spain will take on Italy in the last-16.

The Azzurri have won both of their group games without conceding a goal. How costly the defeat to Croatia could prove to be.

Croatia v Spain - Group D: UEFA Euro 2016

Del Bosque: The players were sat in silence

Del Bosque reacted to the result in the same manner Roy Hodgson did the night before him.

England surrendered first place in Group B after drawing to Slovakia on Monday but Hodgson managed to see the one positive: England remain in the tournament.

And despite his disappointment, reaching the knockout phase is something that the Spain boss sought pleasure in as he reflected on his team's performance.

"The players were sat in silence. They don't enjoy losing," Del Bosque said, per BBC Sport. "We had the game under control, I'm not going to defend our performance excessively but I think we played quite well.

"We didn't hold on to the ball as well as we should have [before the winning goal] and weren't ready for the counter attack. But we're still in the competition, we are not on the path we wanted to be but we have to rise to the situation."

One imagines Spain, and Ramos in particular, are eager to face Modric again in the tournament.

They have a score to settle.

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