The Croatians had the first chance of the night when Mario Ticinovic sent a cross into Filip Ozobic. The No10 received the pass with his back to the goal, but with a quick turn fired his shot just wide of the upright corner.
Kevin Norales tried his luck at the other end, but unable to muster much power, gave Croatia goalkeeper Matej Delac little trouble. The chance was the spark Guatemala needed, though, and on 23 minutes Gerson Lima was free in the area only to see the onrushing Delac make a quickfire save with his leg.
Ivan Lendric forced Guatemala keeper Roberto Padilla into a save with a half-hour gone, but both sides would go into the break empty handed.
Padilla was tested again soon after the restart, but Guatemala’s No1 was able to tip Roberto Puncec’s header chance over the crossbar. The Central Americans then had an unbelievable chance go begging when Delac spilled a Marvin Ceballis header only to see it drop to Gerson Lima poised in a position to shoot. The Croatian defence came to the keeper’s rescue, however, and denied Lima of the chance.
Croatia were looking to break the deadlock, but Padilla was in fine form and was again able to push a chance over the crossbar, this time from Ticinovic. Puncec then attempted a shot from a tight angle only to see it go wide.
And finally, perhaps the most unlikely result at these finals came to fruition, when Guatemala took advantage of poor Croatian defending. On 81 minutes Marvin Ceballos evaded Croatian defender Puncec to slot home and secure a knockout round meeting with Portugal, much to the crowd's delight in Armenia.