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Croatia played an impressive game at home in Zagreb on Thursday night, beating Spain in a 3:2 thriller that saw 22-year-old Tin Jevaj put in the winning goal in extra time.

Croatia now has a chance to advance to top the group and move on to next year's semi-finals of the inaugural Nations League, a biennial international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams from across Europe.

Speaking from London, Croatian coach Zlatko Dalić said he had tremendous respect for the English squad. The two teams are well-acquainted after playing each other twice in the past few months, including a win by Croatia in the knockout phase of the World Cup and a recent loss in Rijeka.

"They are most dangerous when it comes to the long ball. Even their goalie makes excellent long passes. They're also quick on the counter-attack. There's plenty of room at Wembley so we must find a way to contain England's excellent players," said Dalić.

England coach Gareth Southgate said the Croatian team were "true warriors" and showed extreme mental toughness in beating Spain - a team that hammered Croatia 6:0 only one month ago.

After three games in Group 4 of the A-League, Croatia and England both have four points, while Spain is in the lead with six. A win for Croatia against England on Sunday would secure a spot in the Final Four and continued play in the elite A-League next year.

Source: HRT