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Croatia draw on past glories for Italy test

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<b>Shay Given </b><br/> Unsighted and off balance for early Croatia goal. Not at fault for other two and produced some smart saves from long-distance Croatian strikes. 6/10

Upbeat Ireland insist opening loss will bring out their best

It's the moments after Ireland's defeat to Croatia and there is a flatness in the dressing-room. Barely anyone is speaking.

<b>Luka Modric: </b>Protected the ball, brought the Croatian wingers into play, and didn’t hesitate to shoot with his venomous right foot. 7

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric relishing Spain clash

Luka Modric is calling for more of the same as Croatia attempt to book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 with a game to spare.

<b>Best off the bench - Simon Cox: </b> After being denied a starting position, the West Bromwich Albion striker was played on the left flank and managed to provide some jinking runs and display good footwork. 6

Republic of Ireland striker Simon Cox issues warning to Spain

Striker Simon Cox has warned Spain the Republic of Ireland will not fear them as they attempt to rekindle their Euro 2012 hopes.

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Man-for-man marking from the Euro 2012 match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan

Mario Mandzukic celebrates with the Croatia team after his early goal

Flawed Ireland now face mission impossible

Ireland's task in this group was never going to be easy, but it's suddenly become almost impossible.

Giovanni Trapattoni barks instructions at his players

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni hints at changes for Spain match

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni has hinted he could make changes as he attempts to revive the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign.

Sean St Ledger scored the Republic of Ireland’s equaliser last night

Plenty of Irish sweat against Croatia but Spain game looks likely to end in tears

It was tough, and the men in green seldom got the rub of it, but Ireland looked their age last night.

Mario Mandzukic celebrates with the Croatia team after his early goal

Croatia exploit Giovanni Trapattoni's flawed system for Republic of Ireland

Ireland 1 Croatia 3: Croatia ease to victory over Irish, who now need to beat Spain and Italy to progress

Croatia's Nikica Jelavic scores the 2-1 lead against Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given during the Group C preliminary round match of the UEFA Euro 2012

Unlucky Given helps Ireland to defeat against Croatia

Republic of Ireland 1 Croatia 3

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Robbie Keane raring to get Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 bid started

Robbie Keane cannot wait to get started as the Republic of Ireland finalise their preparations for their Euro 2012 kick-off on Sunday evening.

Niko Kranjcar has been frustrated by the lack of first team opportunities

Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar set to join Dynamo Kiev

Niko Kranjcar is set to leave Tottenham Hotspur and join Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev after Euro 2012, the Croatia midfielder has said.

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Trapattoni hints at late overhaul of Ireland team

Shay Given and John O'Shea proved their fitness ahead of Euro 2012 as the Republic of Ireland extended their unbeaten run to 14 games with a 0-0 draw against Hungary in Budapest last night.

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