Euro 2012 Diary: Spain twisting their melons

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A Spanish produce company has attempted to bolster Spain's chances of retaining the European Championship by sending 500 melons to the squad in Poland. The side coached by Vicente del Bosque had to come from behind in their opening match against Italy last weekend but El Monarca hope that the gesture of goodwill will revitalise the team ahead of their next two matches, against Ireland tonight and Croatia on Monday.

Jules goes for Ireland shock

Jules the Octopus, who correctly predicted the outcome of Ireland's last general election, is confident of Irish joy in Poznan tonight. "He went straight to the Spanish flag which could mean Spain will start strongly," minder Kathy Maguire said of the Bray-based beast, who then turned pale when near the flag. "But he is predicting Ireland to win."

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