Spain remained composed and emerged victorious in the UEFA Nations League final, defeating Croatia 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a goalless 120 minutes of play in Rotterdam.
Dani Carvajal, a defender for Real Madrid, confidently converted the decisive penalty, following outstanding saves by Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon, who denied Lovro Majer and Bruno Petkovic from Croatia.
This triumph marks Spain’s fifth major trophy, making them only the second nation, alongside France, to secure victories in the World Cup, European Championship, and the Nations League.
Rodri and Aymeric Laporte, both Manchester City players, played key roles for Spain. Rodri found the net in the shootout, while Laporte experienced the disappointment of a missed penalty. Nonetheless, they add another major trophy to their collection, making it a remarkable four for the season.
Croatia, who displayed resilience in their semi-final win over the Netherlands with a 4-2 victory after extra time, had aspired to claim their first-ever major tournament title.
However, they were denied silverware as La Roja took the trophy home. Italy also beat the Netherlands to claim the third spot in the tournament.