The secret Modric message that stopped Ramos' penalty

The injured Croatia midfielder passed along information from the sidelines to ensure his Real Madrid team-mate spot kick was saved by Danijel Subasic

Luka Modric passed on a secret message to Croatia captain Darijo Srna to prevent Sergio Ramos scoring his Spain penalty in their Euro 2016 clash.

With the scores level at 1-1 in Bordeaux on Tuesday, Ramos surprisingly stepped up to take the spot kick in the 72nd minute after David Silva was deemed to have been fouled.

Modric is Ramos' team-mate at Real Madrid and, as a result, is familiar with the defender's penalty-taking routine.

Srna ran across to the sidelines, where Modric was sat due to being injured for the decisive Group D game, and was given details to tell Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.

Srna whispered in the ear of Subasic, who smirked, and promptly refrained from diving as Ramos slowed before he struck the ball straight at the shot-stopper.

Ramos' penalty miss proved to be extremely costly - Ivan Perisic scored a late winner to condemn Spain to second place in their group.

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As a result, Spain will face Italy in the last 16 and will likely have to defeat Germany in the quarter-finals to have any chance of reaching the last four.

Croatia, contrastingly, will face a third-placed team in the last 16 and either Switzerland or Poland in the quarter-final stage.

And all thanks to Modric's secret message!