BORDEAUX, FRANCE – JUNE 21: Nikola Kalinic of Croatia scores his team’s first goal past David de Gea of Spain during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group D match between Croatia and Spain at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 21, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images)

Watch: Nikola Kalinic levels the score for Croatia right before halftime

Spain spent most of the first half dominating possession as well as getting an early goal, but a late side-footed finish from Nikola Kalinic means that Spain and Croatia will begin the second half leveled at 1.

Croatia, who’s matchup with the defending champions has been overshadowed by rumors of crowd trouble, had trouble getting much going until right before halftime. Ivan Perisic was the supplier instead of the goal scorer on this occasion when he supplied a low and hard cross to the front of the net which found Kalinic. There was still a lot to do when the ball arrived and Kalinic positioned himself for a very difficult finish. He leaped and side-footed the ball past David De Gea.

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