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Only Busquets and Perisic were booked .

Sergio Busquets and Ivan Perisic sparked an ugly clash during Croatia vs Spain

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Croatia's 3-2 win over Spain was undoubtedly the pick of the night's games in the UEFA Nations League.

A draw would have been a better result from England's point of view and it looked like it was heading that way before Tin Jedvaj scored his second of the night deep into injury time.

There had been no shortage of late drama as the hosts went in search of a winner.

With four minutes of normal time remaining, Andrej Kramarić felt he ought to have earned a penalty having been bundled over in the box by Jordi Alba.

Words were evidently had as despite neither player being directly involved, cameras quickly cut to Ivan Perisic and Sergio Busquets squaring up and grabbing hold of each other's shirts.

The referee and Sergio Ramos, of all people, separated the pair, before naturally, the Real Madrid centre-back had to put his two pence in and started shouting at Perisic as well.

Busquets, meanwhile, was dealt with by the diminutive Luka Modric, the midfield wizard shoving the Barcelona man and seemingly getting away with it too - only Perisic and Busquets were booked in the aftermath of the incident, and the latter only once the official had seen the Inter Milan winger's torn shirt.

There were ugly scenes 

Take a look at the footage below:

Somewhere, there will be a commentator telling us these are scenes "nobody likes to see", but there's nothing like a bit of El Clasico animosity.

It seems Busquets had not calmed down afterwards either, lamenting La Roja's defeat.

Another setback for Spain 

“We’ve been the group’s best national team, but we’ve been punished by some timely mistakes," he said, per Football Espana.

“We deserved more. We deserved to go ahead, but for one reason or another it wasn’t to be.

Croatia scored the winner in the 93rd minute

“Now we have to hope England and Croatia draw on Sunday because we’re no longer reliant on ourselves."

It was ultimately a hugely disappointing night for Luis Enrique's men.

On the back of a poor World Cup, this was arguably their biggest test yet of their mettle under the new manager and they were unable to hold on for a point. 

Who do you think was to blame for the melee? Have your say in the comments. 

Topics:
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Croatia Football
Ivan Perisic
Sergio Busquets
Sergio Ramos
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Real Madrid
Barcelona
Luka Modric

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