Despite a magnificent performance from Luka Ivanušec, Joško Gvardiol, and Domagoj Bradarić, the Mladi Vatreni fell short to Spain’s under-21 side 2-1 in the Under-21 Euro quarterfinal round.
Stipe Biuk drew a penalty in the dying minutes of regulation that Luka Ivanušec converted to send the match into extra time. In the 110th minute of the game, Spain’s Javier Puado scored his second goal of the game to give the Spaniards a ticket to the semifinal.
Luka Ivanušec was not only my man of the match, but also my player of the tournament for the Mladi Vatreni. Mario Vušković and Lovro Majer also impressed, and could be on their ways to a top 5 league this summer.