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ZAGREB • With Croatia without incomprehension at the Maksimir stadium stadium from October 2013, there will never be a repeat of the songs "Can we play you every week" after humiliating 6-0 at the reverse meeting in September.

The World Cup finalists were also forced to play the last two domestic behind-the-door matches, as part of their penalty by Uefa after the swastika was marked in the field before the Euro 2016 qualification.

But the fans returned in full on Thursday, and the "12th man", whom Captain Luka Modric described as "additional motivation", helped Croatia ahead of Spain 3-2 in Group 4 of the United Nations after an additional win of Tin Jedvaj.

Croatia deserved the winners in Zagreb, where Jedvaj's chest – his first international goals – won an unforgettable victory at the end of the pulsating competition, and Zlatko Dalić's men received a measure of vengeance for the cracks they received in Elche.

"The best team of this new look is yet to come," Dalić said, who saw that Danijel Subašić and Mario Mandžukić withdraw from the international duty of the history of Croatia in Russia. "We're awarded for the magnificent sword."

Group 4 is now open ahead of the final match tomorrow between England and Croatia. The winners will qualify, while Spain can still pass if the match on Vembley ends in a draw.

After switching to a World Cup hangover, who saw his side for just one point from his previous league matches, Dalić believes his team "has them in England to win."

Andrej Kramarić placed Croatia, but Spain returned twice in the first international goal of Dani Ceballos and Sergio Ramos, and Luis Enrikue, after that, stood for a "completely unfair" result.

"We still have a chance, I would like to qualify for the last four (in the league of the Nation), but our main goal is the European Championship (2020)," said the manager of Spain, who now suffered backward defeat.

"We knew we were in the group with the two best teams in the world, but I do not care for my team, I see the areas that need improvement, but football was not honest with us today."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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