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The World United Through Football

Spain and Italy Go Through

Jesús Navas

Jesús Navas, Scorer of Spain’s Only Goal. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Group C
Croatia vs Spain
Municipal Stadium, Gdansk.

The game started with a brisk tempo, Spain trying to get off to a good start; moving the ball around comfortably and breaking down the left.

Nothing much developed after that though, Croatia content to soak up the pressure and just holding Spain at arm’s length.

The World United Through Football Italy 1 – Republic of Ireland 0 in Poznan.
A headed flick over the line from Antonio Cassano in Poznan, ten minutes from half-time, meant that Croatia couldn’t afford to draw.

If Croatia were to knick a goal late in the second-half, and Italy didn’t conceed an equaliser, Spain would be out.

Half-time:
Croatia 0 – Spain 0 in Gdansk.
Italy 1 – Republic of Ireland 0 in Poznan.

Croatia started the second-half a little more positively; Spain in all sorts of problems before the hour was out.

Iker Casillas made a save from Ivan Rakitic look a little more spectacular than it really was, but it was a chance missed for Croatia.

The World United Through Football Croatia 0 – Spain 1
Spain eventually cracked the Croatian nut, two minutes from time. With Croatia in need of a goal, they left a hole at the back. Cesc Fàbregas chipped the ball forward, to Iniesta who took it on the chest and laid off square to Jesús Navas. Stipe Pletikosa was stranded between them flailing his arms; whether to distract the players or appeal for offside…. but all in vain.

Croatia were dropped with a sucker punch just before the bell.

The World United Through Football Italy 2 – Republic of Ireland 0
In Poznan, Mario Balotelli doubled the lead for Italy.

Final Score

Croatia 0 – Spain 1 in Gdansk.
Italy 2 – Republic of Ireland 0 in Poznan.

Teams

Travel to Croatia Croatia
1-Stipe Pletikosa; 13-Gordon Schildenfeld, 5-Vedran Corluka, 2-Ivan Strinic, 21-Domagoj Vida; 7-Ivan Rakitic, 8-Ognjen Vukojevic, 6-Danijel Pranjic, 11-Darijo Srna; 17-Mario Mandzukic, 10-Luka Modric.

Travel to Spain Spain
1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Piqué, 18-Jordi Alba, 17-Álvaro Arbeloa; 16-Sergio Busquets, 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi; 6-Andrés Iniesta, 9-Fernando Torres, 21-David Silva.

Italy vs Republic of Ireland – Miejski Stadium, Poznan.

Travel to Italy Italy
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 3-Giorgio Chiellini, 15-Andrea Barzagli, 6-Federico Balzaretti, 7-Ignazio Abate; 21-Andrea Pirlo, 5-Thiago Motta, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 16-Daniele De Rossi; 11-Antonio Di Natale, 10-Antonio Cassano.

Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland
1-Shay Given; 2-Sean St. Ledger, 5-Richard Dunne, 3-Stephen Ward, 4-John O’Shea; 8-Keith Andrews, 6-Glenn Whelan, 7-Aiden McGeady, 11-Damien Duff; 10-Robbie Keane, 9-Kevin Doyle.

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June 18, 2012 - Posted by | Croatia, Euro 2012, Ireland, Italy, Match Reports, Spain | , , , , ,

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