Croatia v Spain Match of the Day Live


Croatia v Spain

Gary Lineker presents live coverage of the Euro 2012 match between Croatia and Spain as the final round of Group C matches gets underway.


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Good evening. We have already said farewell to some of the giants of

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European football. The Republic of Ireland are out, you don't win 0.4

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made a bitter and support sadly. Tonight one more top team will be

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 89 seconds

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leaving, but will it be Italy, Here on BBC One we will be watching

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Spain take on Croatia. Whoever wins in Gdansk will finish top of Group

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C. Over on BBC Three, if you prefer, you can see the Republic of

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Ireland's final game of Euro 2012, from 7:30pm, as they face Italy in

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Poznan. The maths are complicated. So pay attention. We tried to

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explain it to Robbie Savage, he is still lying in a darkened room. A

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windfall Spain all Croatia will see Should Italy win, they will qualify.

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But should Spain or Croatia draw 0- 0 or 1-1, Italy will win out -- a

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miss out. But because at the head to head Raul, Italy could stick 10

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past the Irish and still miss out it Spain and Croatia finishers in a

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high-scoring draw. Italy have been making a few noises about match-

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So, too-2 it is, then! Know of the result! I think everything is going

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to be above board. We have got one good team and one great team here.

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Watching the Spanish against the Republic of Ireland, Alain and I

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both thought it was a masterclass in pass and move and technical

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ability. It is all right to say that the Irish were week, but what

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we saw that night was something else. Arguably, the best we have

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ever seen in a position from any country. They have so many cars

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players, you cannot look past them. The Spanish coach, del Bosque, says

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they have to much on it to play for this crawl, and Slaven Bilic says

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there is too much bad, -- too much on her to play but this craw. You

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couldn't imagine that what happened. You can see that being the result,

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though. They are going to score goals. Both these teams have got

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goals in them. I wouldn't put it past two to two. They are going out

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to win the game. It is going to take some effort for Croatia to

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overcome this team. The Italians had a word or match-fixing, that is

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funny, isn't it? I don't know why. Quite remarkable. This should be an

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entertaining game, the interesting thing is that already, Croatia have

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taken out one of those very effective strikers, Jelavic,

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because they are in fear of the Spanish. I think it is the eternal

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problem, how do you match up with the mid- field old Spain, that is

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what they are trying to do. They have dropped Modric back, and

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Vukojevic, those two are in midfield, along with Rakitic, they

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have to stop Spain playing cannot Mandzukic up top on his own, he has

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had four shot, and he has scored three goals. The only thing you

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would say, and I agree entirely with what Lee has said, but against

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the Italians, Croatia looked so much a better side in the second

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half, when they went offensive. They played Modric between the two

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strikers, further forward, and he was fantastic. Whereas in the first

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half, he never got into the game. lot of teams have backed off

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against Spain, but if you have got that sort of dynamism up front,

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isn't it best to exploit it, and exploit the one weakness Spain have,

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which is probably defensively? key is to get possession of the

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ball for Croatia. That is what Spain do, they did you tired, the

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move you around, you lose all perspective. If Modric can get on

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the ball for Croatia, and I notice that they have moved Darijo Srna up

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from right-back, I think it will be interesting to see if they can

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penetrate and hurt Spain's ball backs. That is what happens, you

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can get tired, a disillusioned, then you get impulsive, that leads

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to mistakes. You panic, because you have not had the ball for so long,

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you don't open up, and that is where the mistakes come from.

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Spanish team is unchanged, so a Fernando Torres is in again. It is

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phenomenal, when you look at Iniesta, Xavi, Silva, when we were

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watching them against Ireland, we were watching them in awe. They

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were against a weaker side, but they still had to control the ball,

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they still had two players, and it was a masterclass. I love watching

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them play. Some of the stats that came out of the game were

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phenomenal. Xavi, the most attempted passes, the most

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completed passes, at international level, that is phenomenal. But they

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have, in that team, players that can come out and go in, you look at

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their bench, all top players you're comfortable in possession.

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thing with the Croatians is they will not give up. As much as Spain

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have the ball, they will not give up, they will go to the final

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whistle, and that is probably why they are playing white -- how they

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are. The Republic of Ireland bow out with a game against Italy, the

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birthplace of their manager, Trapattoni. And these two sides

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Ireland versus Italy, we have been here before. 1990, Ireland was in a

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lot of financial trouble, there was talk of recession, emigration, but

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then a great head of foreign football man came into the country

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and drilled us defensively. Jack Charlton. We will do that tomorrow

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night, give it the last Jack. had a special talent. Less than 48

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hours before the kick-off, we are all out side, with all the media

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watching, and he rolled out the Guinness. Frankly, the world went

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mad. There were a few promises made along the way, one of them was that

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he would get an audience with the Pope. He was almost falling asleep,

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the Pope was blessing everybody, Jack said he was waving back up at

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him every time he woke up! Playing the hosts, Italy, in their home

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stadium, should have been the most frightening thing in the world, but

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the team at seemed to be DD with the sense of 04 achievement.

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didn't have a clue what we were doing, it was the first time we

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have played in a World Cup. No one expected us to win. The pressure

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was right on the Italians. streets were deserted in Ireland,

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everybody was gathered around a pubs in televisions. Half an hour

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in, we are doing all right, we are Things are beginning to look good.

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Hope begins to course through Irish Baines. Of all the places to land

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the ball, at the beat of a man with the golden touch during that

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tournament. That ball was coming straight down the line to me, then

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it moved away. That was all I could do unfortunately. And we kind of

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knew that was that. They were great days. Playing Italy in the World

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Cup. When would we ever see the like have that again? Oh yes, the

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next World Cup, in the first game. There was a bit of retribution

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around, the lads were fully focused. We wanted to get in among system.

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The last time we played them was in Rome, but surely, New York would be

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? They were there in masses, it was unbelievable. We changed into a

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white strip, the Italians were standing there in white also.

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said, what is going on? How Rocket Man was going through the notes and

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he said, a! We had no time to think about the game. Classic Irish mind

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games. If they were confused by that cannot wait till they saw our

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hats. We looked really stupid in hats. And so the game begins.

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Watched with the same level of no expectation we had four years ago.

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So if you can imagine an entire island, lifting off its feet when

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this happened. I just thought, why not? Your at the World Cup. If it

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goes wide, who cares? On his left but, I couldn't believe it!

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celebration, I can't remember the celebration. I beg you remember

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that Ray Houghton -- Live Aid you remember that Ray Houghton had

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broken the pleasure centre of my brain. I have never done anything

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like that in my life, nowhere near that celebration. I can only

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imagine it was a release. I suppose, looking back you could say we were

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comfortable. I don't recall feeling a lot of comfort at the time. Phil

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Babb might have lost it for us. Was that a penalty? I wouldn't have

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been very happy if we hadn't been given it, but I was incredibly

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It was great to win our first game at the big stage, against such a

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big scalp. Time for some new memories of Ireland against Italy

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to stop we are all square. This, lad, is the decider. Let's take

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Such a shame that a result wouldn't get done for it. Let's hear from a

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man who used to play for Ireland, Up here in the's Stadium, I am

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joined by the former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.

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There is a sense Ireland have underperformed. My analysis is that

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if you base your success on a solid base, a defensive unit, and we have

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conceded goals in each game after three minutes. That goes to pot

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straight away. When you are playing against the likes of Spain, Croatia,

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having to chase it, it suits them, they have just been better than us,

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considerably. Are you surprised Trapattoni has not made more

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changes? Not really, maybe he had put some fresh legs it and said we

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are going to go for it... He is Italian, if they make wholesale

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changes, he would get belted by all and sundry. He is protecting the

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integrity of the competition. He is also showing loyalty to the players

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who got them here. He is obviously picking his best team, if he

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thought he could do better, he would change it. A what do you want

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to see tonight? I would like to see a better performance. The only way

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we will see that is if we keep it nice and tight, a clean sheet, if

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we don't, we will be chasing it again. But there is talk of four

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players, Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane, O'Shea, Damien Duff, packing

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it in. They will not want to go out on another defeat. Very rarely have

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they lost three in a row. I think Italy might get a shock.

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mentioned Damien Duff are. It is his 100th career. He is

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affectionately known as duffer. I gave him his debut a long time ago.

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1998, I think. His contribution to the Ireland team has been immense.

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He has been one of those players who has turned up for every game he

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can, when he has not been injured. Really talented player, left-wing,

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a right wing, I played him up front with a Robbie Keane, he was

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outstanding. You couldn't wish to meet a nicer lad. I'm delighted he

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is captain delight. Ireland against They will want to go out on a high

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note. Definitely, they don't want to let people down. They will look

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at the way they have performed. It just did not click for them. As far

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as the Italians are concerned, they are getting better say it will be

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an uphill task for Ireland today. I think Italy will win. The Italians

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really need a result. Goals are important for them. It is a tough

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game for Ireland. To go into that game, two defeat. I played him one

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of those when you're out of the tournament in 1998 and it is really

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difficult. Soul-destroying. -- 1988. I think a victory is a long shot.

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Balotelli is not playing. Good news for the Italians! When you go back

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to the Irish, when you look at the teams that Jack Charlton had, and

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Mick McCarthy, there were a quality players through the side, but this

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side have done really well to qualify. They've been a long way

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short in this tournament. No lack of effort. Exactly. They've given

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it their best effort. For the biggest downfall is trying to

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ground out results and they have given early goals away. If you want

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to watch the Republic of Ireland against Italy, that game is live on

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Tomorrow night, England play their final -- final group game begins

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Ukraine needing just a point to qualify. Gabby Logan is with them.

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Temperatures of 30 degrees plus, a cauldron for the 50,000 seething

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pit workers and again they must not lose. England go back into the fire.

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I don't think I need to remind them that is an away game, the fans at

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the stadium will be supporting the Ukraine rather than England and it

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will be a tough ask for our travelling supporters to match the

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vast number of Ukrainians, but they gave it a good go in Kiev so let's

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hope they can do it again. unmistakable head must remain

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cooler than the others tomorrow. Ripe for provocation, Rooney has

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been told by his manager to ease himself into the game. It is a good

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point. I'm sure Steven Gerrard and the other players will be keen to

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remind him that what we require from him is a good team performance.

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We want him to help us become a better team and win. I will not

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tell Wayne Rooney not to be fired up for this game because that is

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what he's all about. Pressing, being aggressive in the right way,

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being a top player. The reason he's world-class is because of what he's

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shown up until today. When he joined the 2006 World Cup late,

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Rooney announce the big man is back. No such bravado this time. I don't

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really feel pressure that I have to win the tournament for England. The

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team has to do it. If I can contribute, great. It is not one

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player. You can see with the best players around the world now, it is

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not just them that will win the tournament, it is the team. He will

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start, but will Theo Walcott? fit and we don't have any injury

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concerns. Such were the storms of three days ago that even this is

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done some can't try out the pitch in time. The players have been

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restricted to a careful stroll on fragile turf. Considering how hard

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it was for the grounds man and everyone connected with the game

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the other night to ensure the game went ahead after such heavy

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rainfall, we were quite surprised how good the field is. The city of

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a million roses, that is what Donetsk calls itself. Guess where

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else makes a cinema claim? Bloemfontein. But don't worry, this

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England squad are quietly confident of getting out of here with the

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result they need. I have regularly heard the thoughts

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of Aland and Lee on England, how do you think they have fared so far,

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Alan? I think we are a good side. We are a steady team. Wayne

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Rooney's inclusion will lift us. He gives us that extra X-Factor you

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need at this level. The goals against Sweden, the way we came

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back, will give great confidence that they can retrieve any

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situation. I think we are in a good place. You can see the smiles on

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the training ground, we've been at these tournaments where you don't

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see that from England teams. does Rooney come back for? He will

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definitely start, so Welbeck or Carroll. I think Andy will go to

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the bench. That is a nice option to have him on the bench with a goal

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under his belt so he can come on and change it if he needs to.

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a long time since Rooney scored... Are 2004. In a major event. This

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was it against Croatia. He has hit How good is this? Never going to

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miss. We have seen a lot of one because ones in this tournament. He

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gives that bit of quality. what... The bid criticism of

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England and the two -- two matches is in possession. Not only is

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really good in possession, he is totally adept at getting possession,

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making himself available, easy option, which is a big thing when

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you are under pressure. Should Walcott start? I'm not sure. I

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think he may stay with the same midfield and used him from the

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bench if he needs him. The thing Rooney gives you is you don't need

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to play three midfielders when he plays. He drops in. He is diligent

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and he works hard enough. We may come up against Spain and you will

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need him to do that. I think Walcott will play on the right hand

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side. I think that will help us push the Ukrainians back a little

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bit, give us more legs in order to get their team back a bit, which

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allows us to come up from the back. We shall see. You can see

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highlights of England against Ukraine and France against Sweden

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on BBC 21 tomorrow night. Let's turn our attention to Spain against

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Croatia. Before Euro 2012, many were saying of the Spanish that

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their season had been too long, they are divided by club loyalties,

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they are not as motivated as they once were and it is impossible for

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any major country to win three tournaments in a row. I don't think

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they've been listening. Spain are Spain at their wonderful best.

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Expectations are higher than ever Torres cause! Lightning-quick,

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It will be quite an achievement to win three major tournaments for a

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team that were considered as perennial under-achievers. I've

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heard people say they would be tired. Del Bosque said, tired

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players have got something to aim at and or the sudden they have --

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they are not tired anymore. You don't get tired when you've got the

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ball and that is the key to Spain playing well, keeping possession. I

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think they have a real chance, although I still stick by West

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Germany, sorry, Germany. They say success is the easy part, continued

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success is the hard part. But once you get a taste of it, you want

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more and more of it. These guys have won it before, and the World

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Cup, what will they be like in the dressing room? We want more of

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that! If by some chance Slaven Bilic is chilling out watching our

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coverage, how do you beat Spain? You need your team to be diligent

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and defend well. Spain will have a lot of the ball. They need to have

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positivity on the break, to have a front-foot mentality that you can

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get a goal. It will be a great game tonight, a lot of talent on the

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pitch. OK. Spain started the championship without a recognised

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striker and the centre forward who played against Ireland was hardly

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recognisable either. Who was that blond lad? Fernando Torres, L neo-.

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The kid. But Spain's No. 9 has had to grow up in recent times. It all

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used to be so easy. Fernando Torres! What a splendid goal!

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Perhaps too easy. Atletico Madrid captain and the Spanish

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international at just 19, courted by the kings of Europe, he chose

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England and Liverpool. It was love at first sight. His first goal for

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Liverpool! It guarantees him hero status for life. Torres became the

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most feared from man in the Premier League. He was the poster boy for

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On the world stage, Spain's golden generation were the CHEERING AND

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APPLAUSE to. Four years ago the tag of perennial

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under-achievers was finally put to rest. Torres delivered when it

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Spain are European champions for Expectations were higher than ever.

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Brilliant performances, perhaps taken for granted. The best was

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expected to keep calm, but instead the body of the best began to creak.

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Spain continued to dominate, but Torres was no longer centre stage.

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The glory of that World Cup was tinged with personal pain. The

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heartbreak Kid. The striker craved a change in fortune, a change of

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scenery, and after four Trophy Les years, Liverpool were left behind

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as the King's Road crowned the new king, but at a price. �50 million.

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Torres toiled, the place seemed to have gone. Where was the strength,

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the composure that came so easily? My goodness! Perhaps too easy.

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know this season has been very difficult for him. But I think his

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performances over the last few months prove a lot. I think it will

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be positive. He hasn't played a lot this season. Now he is fresh. He is

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highly motivated for the tournament. I don't think they will catch

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Fernando Torres. It is two for Torres. No longer El Nino. Just

:29:07.:29:17.
:29:17.:29:21.

But true Grania was a player! A really good player. As was, for a

:29:21.:29:25.

long time, Fernando Torres. Unbelievable story, talent and then

:29:25.:29:29.

he lost his way. It seems like he may be turning a corner. He looked

:29:29.:29:34.

very sharp against Ireland. From the centre forward's point of view,

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this is Spain against Italy, playing with six midfielders. No

:29:38.:29:42.

centre-forward, passing it around on the edge of the box. They played

:29:42.:29:46.

a certain way because they have got no focal point up front. Look how

:29:46.:29:53.

far ahead of the back four they are. They make it very easy for Italy.

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He comes on in the second half, straight away he gets a chance

:29:57.:30:02.

through the middle of the pitch. A silly offside and he should score.

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The good bit of Torres and the not- so-good. And there Mackie years,

:30:08.:30:13.

through the middle. Signs of him coming back. And then against Italy,

:30:13.:30:17.

a bad touch. This is what he's all about. This is a finish the old

:30:17.:30:24.

Torres would score quite easily. Now he is brilliant again. In the

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same game he can go from being fantastically skilful, scoring

:30:28.:30:35.

goals, being strong, to giving the ball away. Now you fancy him to

:30:35.:30:39.

score. He is a real enigma. He has everything as a centre-forward. He

:30:39.:30:43.

has pace, good in the air, decent with both feet, but there's

:30:44.:30:47.

something not quite right. Something very ripe for a long

:30:47.:30:51.

period. It is hard to envisage a scenario where it can vanish

:30:51.:30:56.

forever. It had to come back at some stage. The one thing that he's

:30:56.:31:00.

never lost is the technical ability. He is quick, he has two a good feet,

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he can finish from anywhere. What you can see in him is a kind of

:31:05.:31:09.

unhappiness when he plays. Sometimes he looks more miserable

:31:09.:31:15.

than he did before. Confident. is. Maybe this tournament could be

:31:15.:31:18.

the making of him getting back to real form by helping Spain win it

:31:18.:31:23.

again. He is not as quick as he was in the first tee at Liverpool. In

:31:23.:31:28.

his first tee at Liverpool, he was lightning. If he got half a yard,

:31:28.:31:33.

the defender could never get near him. Now, he can't get away from

:31:33.:31:37.

them as he used to be able to. He has struggled at Chelsea. At times

:31:37.:31:42.

in this tournament, he has struggled. But it is all about

:31:42.:31:47.

goals and he got two goals in the last game. If he scores two and

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doesn't play very well on the ball, One interested spectator in a

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Gdansk is the Everton manager, Evening, gentlemen. I am here with

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David Moyes. You have spent all season plotting Everton's attack on

:32:09.:32:12.

the Premier League, now you are spending your some out here

:32:12.:32:18.

watching football, I bet your wife loves you! No, not all summer, she

:32:18.:32:22.

has had a good holiday. I like to come and watch the players, always

:32:22.:32:26.

good when you have some players involved as well. You used to

:32:26.:32:31.

always come and watch tournaments when you're younger, but I'm sure

:32:31.:32:37.

the hotel standard has gone up now,? Yes, I turned up today, and

:32:37.:32:42.

found myself sharing a room with somebody else. The good news is,

:32:42.:32:48.

they would probably spend the money on players, led to talk about the

:32:48.:32:53.

players got a first double, Jelavic, a fantastic signing for Everton, I

:32:53.:32:57.

disappointed he is not starting? There was always something that

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Slaven Bilic had to have a decision on, whether to go with a two up

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front for an extra midfield player, and I think he has made the correct

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decision against really talented Spanish team. What would you do to

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try and nullify that Spanish attack? Because they have

:33:15.:33:20.

incredible quality of. You have to try and not get outnumbered in the

:33:20.:33:23.

middle of the park, you know you are going to be out of position for

:33:23.:33:28.

a lot of the night, you have to fill the middle of the pitch, I

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think that is what Croatia are trying to do tonight. We have lost

:33:32.:33:38.

the Dutch, the team who won their first match 4-1, are you amazed at

:33:38.:33:43.

that Spain could still go out? It is that kind of tournament.

:33:43.:33:46.

couldn't see how they could go after mind sure most of the viewers

:33:46.:33:51.

will understand that as well. But they could well do so. We would all

:33:51.:33:54.

expect Spain, the way they are playing and the players they have

:33:54.:33:58.

got, to go through to stop you haven't got the best hotel room,

:33:58.:34:03.

but you do have the best seat in the house. We will speed you later

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in the evening. -- speak to you. So do you are playing the world

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champions and you are managing Croatia, if you lose, it is likely

:34:15.:34:19.

to be your last match in charge. Slaven Bilic and better make this

:34:19.:34:26.

one heck of a team talk. The speech before the game, it is

:34:26.:34:36.

very important. Churchill said once that he needs a speech that lasts

:34:36.:34:41.

two hours, but he doesn't need the preparation. I thought, this beach

:34:41.:34:50.

which lasts 25 seconds, he needs to days of preparation -- a speech. I

:34:50.:34:55.

am going to tell them that we have to believe it. We have to believe

:34:55.:35:01.

that we can go through. Although we are facing the world and European

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champions, the best team, but we have a good team and we have to

:35:05.:35:15.
:35:15.:35:39.

We can do it, and we are going to And there is the man himself, he

:35:39.:35:45.

has been in the job a long time, he has done a terrific job. He has,

:35:45.:35:51.

and just listening to him there, he is an impressive figure. He goes

:35:51.:35:54.

into club management after this tournament, I think a lot of bigger

:35:54.:35:58.

clubs will be looking at him to see how he does. This Croatian team has

:35:58.:36:03.

been terrific. What is the secret of their success so far in this

:36:03.:36:07.

tournament? They have technical players, and the Technical game, so

:36:07.:36:14.

they are good at keeping the ball. They have could it movement, Modric

:36:14.:36:19.

behind a Mandzukic is the key. If he can get on it, find the wide

:36:19.:36:22.

players, they deliver in the crosses, they have a nice threat to

:36:22.:36:28.

them, I think. I think they will cause Spain are some problems.

:36:28.:36:33.

that threat to be lessened by leaving out Jelavic? Possibly. But

:36:33.:36:39.

I think Croatia were better when he he put him out on the side and he

:36:39.:36:45.

has a midfield player doing that today. So I think this is a good

:36:45.:36:49.

side, it is well balanced, and I think there is enough threat in

:36:49.:36:53.

there to win the game. As always when you play against Spain, you

:36:53.:37:00.

have to get the ball off them. We always talk about Fabregas, Torres,

:37:00.:37:05.

Xavi, but Alonso is a player you have seen a lot off. It shows you

:37:05.:37:09.

how good they are in possession, when he was at Liverpool,

:37:09.:37:12.

technically he was rated as one of the best in the Premier League.

:37:12.:37:18.

When you look at him against Iniesta, Silva... He is

:37:18.:37:23.

particularly good in front of the Spanish defence. Not only for good

:37:23.:37:28.

solid tackling, but the protection in front of the back four, also

:37:28.:37:36.

when he picks it up, he can pass it. A strong header, and when he joins

:37:36.:37:41.

in, he passes and plays. So his technical ability plus strength,

:37:41.:37:48.

plus good in the air, plus you can give you this as well. His long

:37:48.:37:52.

passing is exceptionally good. The killer pass to Xavi there, a

:37:53.:37:57.

fantastic ball, when he picks it up on the edge of the box, he can hit

:37:57.:38:01.

it from 25 yards as well. But the main thing for me is protecting

:38:01.:38:05.

that back four. They are not a big team, the Spanish, but he is

:38:05.:38:11.

particularly good in the air, a good tackler, very strong. And

:38:11.:38:16.

still good in possession. How do you see it? I think it will finish

:38:16.:38:23.

2-2 myself! Know, I can't see past the Spanish Costa Croatia are a

:38:23.:38:29.

good side, but Spain will have too much. Do you think it will be a

:38:29.:38:38.

draw? Now, they are a good side, but Spain are a different level.

:38:38.:38:43.

still think Spain have so much firepower. One Spanish journalist

:38:43.:38:48.

was asked to who their main opponents were now. Spain, he

:38:48.:38:52.

replied. That is a game I would like to see it. But their opponents

:38:52.:39:02.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 89 seconds

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have been impressive. This should before entering the arena for a

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match that really matters for these players. Croatia and Spain, meeting

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for the first time in a competitive international. They have met four

:40:00.:40:05.

times in recent years, with Spain winning twice, Croatia once, with

:40:05.:40:11.

one draw. History beckoning for Spain this summer. No side has ever

:40:11.:40:15.

successfully defended the European Championship, and no team has won

:40:15.:40:21.

three major tournaments in a row either. There is Luka Modric, No.

:40:21.:40:25.

10 for Croatia, a lot resting on his shoulders tonight if Croatia

:40:25.:40:35.
:40:35.:40:35.

are to be successful. Spain, amid many permutations, know that a

:40:35.:40:38.

point guarantees a quarter-final place, as would anything other than

:40:38.:40:44.

AA win for Italy in Poznan, regardless of what happens here. As

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for Croatia, they are guaranteed to go through if they win, also with a

:40:50.:40:56.

draw of 2-2 or better. They are definitely through if Italy fail to

:40:56.:40:59.

beat the Republic of Ireland. There are other permutations, but

:40:59.:41:05.

hopefully it will not go that far! Tremendous atmosphere in the old

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town this afternoon, those fans have now made their way to the

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amber arena, a bright, shiny new stadium here. The Gdansk arena,

:41:17.:41:22.

Holden over 40,000 people. A party atmosphere inside the ground as we

:41:22.:41:29.

awaited this match. The players being held for some time. We can

:41:29.:41:36.

see Gerrard Pique, mopping his brow. They are ready to enter a cauldron

:41:36.:41:45.

of noise. 16 matches unbeaten, but a slip up tonight and the world and

:41:45.:41:50.

defending European champions Spain could find themselves on the next

:41:50.:41:54.

flight home. Fernando Torres says what happens to Russia is a wake-up

:41:54.:41:59.

call. The margin for error is so small. Croatia are hoping to reach

:41:59.:42:04.

the last eight for the third time in the last 5 euros. They are

:42:04.:42:10.

revelling in their role as underdogs. They are hoping to fare

:42:10.:42:18.

better than the Republic of Ireland did on this pitch. First of all,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 89 seconds

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internationals since losing 1-0 to Switzerland in the World Cup two

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years ago. Now the Croatian Nasa Domovino" (Our Beautiful

:43:29.:43:39.
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# Oj junacka zemljo mila. # Stare slave djedovino.

:43:44.:43:54.
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# Da bi vazda sretna bila! # Mila, kano si nam slavna.

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# Mila si nam ti jedina. # Mila, kuda si nam ravna.

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tournament in terms of population, with just under 4.5 million, but a

:44:41.:44:48.

country with a conveyor-belt of top-class footballing talent. Spain

:44:48.:44:52.

won the last time they met, 2-1 in a friendly, just before the 2006

:44:52.:44:57.

World Cup. Fernando Torres hit in injury-time winner after having had

:44:57.:45:04.

a penalty saved earlier by Pletikosa. Slaven Bilic makes two

:45:04.:45:13.

that worked so well in the second half against Italy, with Modric

:45:13.:45:21.

further forward. The captain, Darijo Srna moves board, and

:45:21.:45:27.

Rakitic is back in central midfield. Mandzukic, with three goals already,

:45:27.:45:37.
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Germany, he took charge of the 1-1 draw between Poland and Russia.

:45:42.:45:45.

Familiar to the Spanish team, having taken charge of the first

:45:45.:45:51.

leg of last year's Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and

:45:51.:45:55.

Barcelona, and the recent Europa League final between Atletico

:45:55.:46:00.

Madrid and Athletic Bilbao. Del Bosque names an unchanged starting

:46:00.:46:10.
:46:10.:46:12.

Busquets suffered a foot injury in the last game, but a scan revealed

:46:12.:46:17.

no damage. Along with Torres of Chelsea, David Villa of Manchester

:46:17.:46:27.
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City also plays on the right of an of the Croatian national team.

:46:32.:46:42.
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Headed for Russia and Lokomotiv attacking talent with Jelavic

:46:52.:46:57.

joined by Eduardo. Cesc Fabregas is on the bench for Spain, who has

:46:57.:47:02.

already scored twice at Euro 2012, and Chelsea's Juan Matter, who has

:47:02.:47:08.

not played at all yet. -- Mata. Conspiracy theorists were given

:47:08.:47:12.

short shrift by both camps, including Vicente del Bosque in the

:47:12.:47:16.

build-up to this one. A convenient 2-2 draw would eliminate Italy and

:47:16.:47:21.

see both Spain and Croatia through. They both want to win this one,

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though. Croatia, fiercely patriotic. Spain, with a golden generation of

:47:27.:47:32.

players will stop the Spanish have drawn only two of the last 37

:47:32.:47:35.

competitive games they've played. Both of them, ironically, against

:47:35.:47:41.

Italy. Spain playing in the more unfamiliar colours of light and

:47:41.:47:45.

dark blue today. Croatia in their traditional red and white

:47:45.:47:50.

chequerboard shirts. We are almost ready to go. A final look at the

:47:50.:47:54.

watch from the referee. All to play for and we are under way in Gdansk.

:47:54.:48:00.

Mark Bright is alongside me. always tried to make a case for

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somebody beating stage. We have seen Croatia twice and they looked

:48:04.:48:14.
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very impressive. What we would like against the Republic of Ireland in

:48:17.:48:23.

their last match. Croatia hoping to far rather battered -- fare rather

:48:24.:48:29.

battered -- better than the Irish did. A free-kick against Mandzukic.

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He is on his own tonight up front. Yes, Jelavic... Not sure if he is

:48:37.:48:41.

ill or not. I think they played really well together, Mandzukic and

:48:41.:48:47.

Jelavic. Luka Modric just in behind. In the second half against Italy,

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joining them as a three. Pletikosa, a picture of concentration in the

:48:53.:48:58.

Croatian goal. Vastly experienced player. Both goalkeepers are.

:48:58.:49:08.
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Casillas is winning his 134th cap, Pletikosa is 94th. George Lucas has

:49:11.:49:15.

struggled to start at Tottenham and finished the season at Bayer

:49:15.:49:22.

Leverkusen. -- Vedran Corluka. I think we can expect to see Spain

:49:22.:49:32.
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having plenty of the ball if all over the pitch, Croatia, trying

:50:07.:50:13.

to win the ball back quickly. Identical to what Spain do. Just

:50:13.:50:17.

what Slaven Bilic wants to do. He said, we know it will be difficult,

:50:17.:50:24.

but we have to try to keep the ball for as long as we can. The changes

:50:24.:50:32.

that Croatia made to their line-up from a 4-4-2 two-way 4-2-3-1 in the

:50:32.:50:37.

second half of the match against Italy. Modric was far more involved

:50:37.:50:42.

in the play. He had more freedom and he was more influential.

:50:42.:50:49.

played higher up the pitch. I thought it was a 4-3-3. It changed

:50:49.:50:53.

the game tactically and gave them more possession. They were pushing

:50:53.:51:03.
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on and pressing. They made a better are seeing again, full of

:51:04.:51:11.

confidence. Two goals in the last match against the Republic of

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Ireland. Torres was waiting. Excellent. Great overlapping play.

:51:21.:51:27.

Give and go. You can see Torres in the middle of the screen. He left

:51:27.:51:37.
:51:37.:51:44.

himself too much to do. First Pletikosa this time. Torres only

:51:44.:51:48.

had the ball for 38 seconds in the last match, but in that time he

:51:48.:51:54.

managed to get five shots away, four on target and scored twice.

:51:54.:52:00.

depends where you get your touches! The way they play, Spain, they move

:52:00.:52:06.

the ball around in midfield and at the back. They are so comfortable.

:52:06.:52:11.

Jordi Alba it is a converted winger so comfortable in possession as a

:52:11.:52:14.

full-back. You could say the same for Darijo Srna for Croatia. And

:52:14.:52:23.

Corluka. You have to be comfortable and keep the ball. It is 24 degrees

:52:23.:52:27.

at the moment. It has been a lovely day in Gdansk, not a cloud in the

:52:27.:52:32.

sky, but we have been warned that a storm is expected, potentially

:52:32.:52:37.

quite a nasty one, at around 8:30pm UK time. Perhaps we will get a

:52:37.:52:41.

half-time firework display. Hopefully it will not interrupt

:52:41.:52:45.

proceedings as it did in the UK -- Ukraine against France match the

:52:45.:52:55.
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One of the home-based players in the Croatian squad. Piquet did not

:53:05.:53:09.

miss a minute in the qualifying matches for Spain, but he hasn't

:53:09.:53:12.

always been an automatic first choice for Barcelona this season.

:53:12.:53:22.
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Not quite at his best in the last character, he creates quite a

:53:35.:53:45.
:53:45.:53:53.

serene atmosphere within the squad. deck on the right. Thrown from the

:53:54.:53:57.

back of the crowd and it landed two rose from the front. It is still

:53:57.:54:07.
:54:07.:54:08.

with UEFA for throwing flares on the pitch in their last match

:54:08.:54:18.
:54:18.:54:20.

following Torres everywhere. He is one of the players on yellow card

:54:20.:54:24.

tonight. Schildenfeld and Modric for Croatia. They would miss the

:54:25.:54:29.

quarter-final if they were booked tonight. For Spain, Jordi Alba,

:54:29.:54:35.

Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso and Torres on yellow cards. Crenshaw as well for

:54:35.:54:44.

Croatia. -- Kranjcar. One area Torres can work on tonight is the

:54:44.:54:50.

centre-back pairing. The smokers interfering with play now. The

:54:50.:54:54.

referee has stopped it. -- smoke is interfering. They have only just

:54:54.:55:00.

managed to put it out. Smoke is blowing across the arena. Wolfgang

:55:00.:55:06.

Stark having a little word with Iker Casillas. I'm not too sure who

:55:06.:55:13.

it is. Someone is pleading with his fans. We've had this in every game

:55:13.:55:18.

that Croatia have played in. When we go to the stadium, we have to go

:55:19.:55:25.

through X-ray machines and everything. No journalist throws a

:55:25.:55:31.

flyer, are you searching the fans? We get them in every game. Goal-

:55:31.:55:39.

kick to Spain. Pranjic looked pretty tidy in the second half

:55:39.:55:49.
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against Italy. He has lost his getting for quite a lot. - forward.

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Good pressuring -- pressing from Croatia. The former Liverpool

:56:28.:56:32.

player was in a good position originally, but the pass was a

:56:32.:56:42.
:56:42.:56:48.

I think it has been a feature of this tournament, they have not been

:56:48.:56:50.

giving free-kicks for the slightest giving free-kicks for the slightest

:56:50.:56:57.

of touches. Mandzukic went off injured against Italy. He picked up

:56:57.:57:03.

a foot injury late in the game, but clearly find to start this one. --

:57:03.:57:13.
:57:13.:57:14.

farming. This is that incident again. Is it a trip? The referee

:57:14.:57:24.
:57:24.:57:27.

sees it as him kicking Gerrard 10 minutes played, no goals here

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and no goals in Poznan between the Republic of Ireland and Italy. As

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it stands, Spain would top the group, Croatia would also qualified

:57:36.:57:41.

in second place. Italy would be third on three points. The Republic

:57:41.:57:45.

of Ireland would finish on one. At the moment, Spain and Croatia are

:57:45.:57:55.
:57:55.:58:23.

and go. Strinic pleading his player who broke into the squad on

:58:23.:58:26.

the back of their failure to reach the World Cup finals in South

:58:26.:58:34.

Africa. I like what I've seen of him, he gets forward well. He

:58:34.:58:44.
:58:44.:58:57.

usually makes himself difficult to final couple of years ago. Pinpoint

:58:58.:59:07.
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from Spain. Almost out of reach. ago at Euro 2008. He has had a

:59:25.:59:30.

decent tournament so far here. Conceding one group in each of

:59:30.:59:33.

their first two matches. The 3-1 win over Ireland and the 1-1 draw

:59:33.:59:43.
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with Italy. Both of those matches from the back once again. --

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against the Republic of Ireland. He completed 115 of them. Record

:00:40.:00:50.
:00:50.:01:08.

seemingly always in space on the right for Spain. They play with

:01:08.:01:18.
:01:18.:01:46.

opposition, when they play Spain, they end up running a lot further,

:01:47.:01:50.

so even when they do get the ball, they are too tired to do anything

:01:50.:02:00.
:02:00.:02:14.

try to win it back as quickly as possession so far. It is so

:02:14.:02:19.

impressive to watch, you see it on the TV, I doesn't do it justice.

:02:19.:02:25.

The players, the way they change positions, move into space, they

:02:25.:02:35.
:02:35.:02:40.

off win against Turkey last year, he adds a bit of steel to the

:02:40.:02:50.
:02:50.:02:59.

Croatian players, just 23 years of age. Winning his 11th cap this

:03:00.:03:09.
:03:10.:03:38.

Rakitic. The Spanish bench are up and unimpressed. That is definitely

:03:38.:03:42.

going to be a free kick. I think he might have been trodden on in the

:03:42.:03:51.

middle of that. He grabs hold of his shorts, maybe he drag of the

:03:51.:04:01.
:04:01.:04:12.

either between Italy and the Republic of Ireland, so as it

:04:12.:04:22.
:04:22.:04:43.

stands, Spain and Croatia would go players. It is some atmosphere here.

:04:43.:04:48.

And a very impressive arena, too. All the stadiums have been very

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impressive. The noise seems to have been contained inside. They have

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have a found their voices again after the disappointment of the

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on the right-hand side where Darijo Srna is now. He is moving back to

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play alongside Vukojevic in central Torres, the Croatian defenders.

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They have so many passes along the deck. Fall the play that Spain have

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had it, they haven't really tested a Pletikosa at all. -- for all the

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little bit lucky to get away with a decent save. Just that one effort

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from Iniesta early on. Didn't have ball there, Pranjic. But he had no

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support. He broke forward, no support, he has got to try and hold

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on to it. We can see that Sergio central defence for both club and

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It was cynical. Way behind the ball, Something he didn't like on the

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edge of the area. It was Busquets, described as colourful and

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this-dissenters, the singing in the street, the camaraderie. -- going

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haven't they? They have a really good one here, in Gdansk, by all

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squeezed in at the near post. Difficult to score from that angle,

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but he showed a clean pair of heels, a good turn of pace. Just trying to

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drive this as hard as you can at the near post, hoping to get a

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from Sergio Ramos. They pushed Croatia back and back, which allows

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the full backs and centre-backs to join in if they like. No goals

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either in Poznan, between Italy and the Republic of Ireland. So as it

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stands, Spain would win the group ahead of Croatia. Italy and the

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Republic of Ireland would go home. You can watch that game on BBC

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Three and on the BBC HD channel at good position, allowing the centre-

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backs to join in play, it opens up for him. Why not? This was Torres

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before, a good turn of pace. He has a look, nobody there, has to have a

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shot. Given the tough time that he has had in the last year or two

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with Chelsea, easy to forget that he was the match-winner in the

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final four years ago. His goal won game a little more. That was inch

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this tournament. Four attempt on goal, three of them have ended up

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though, more adventurous. So far, disciplined defensive display from

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and Barcelona, threw his passing in midfield. Two of the best teams we

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search your Ramos went diving in! thought it was a foul. He had to go

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it alone, he had no support. It was right under the nose of the

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additional assistant behind the goal at that end. Anywhere on the

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pitch, I would say that was a foul, his studs are showing, it is high.

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He took a big chance. Mandzukic had an injury in the first game, with a

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bang on the gull. That will not have done it any good. The referee

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is taking someone's name. Corluka, I'm happy that they haven't been

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given anything there. -- unhappy. The referee obviously thinks that

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Mandzukic is faking it. A little reminder of the yellow-card

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situation. They will be wiped out Croatian fans anywhere. -- a good

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side. Mandzukic, clearly struggling a little bit. I just wonder whether

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he has aggravated the problem he had it coming into the game. It is

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one of those, you go to shoot or cross, somebody comes to cross, you

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follow through, it hits the bottom He is limping towards the halfway

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here. Not far away from the half an hour mark. He lost his footing. The

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first time they've really got in. A quick one-two. He just lost his

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footing as he was about to strike. David Silva already on the

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scoresheet for Spain in this tournament. David Villa is missing

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for them, but it hasn't slowed them if he was trying to bring that down.

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Gradually, Spain working their way ball by Ramos again. He used his

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body. Continuing to complain to the Half an hour in, no goals here, no

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Half an hour in, no goals here, no goals in Poznan between Italy and

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the Republic of Ireland. As it stands, Spain would top the group

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on five points, Croatia would be on got his arms open wide. He wants

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against the Republic of Ireland in the first game. They were the

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dominant force. Right from the word go. It helps if you score in the

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third minute of the game! Really impressive as an attacking force in

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that first match, but devoid of ideas in the first match against

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Italy, but then improved greatly in the second half. Yet to put Spain

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he might have been offside if he had continued. Great individual

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skill. Agreeable to Silva. Torres feeling that injury. He doesn't

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between the midfield players and full-backs pushing on and how they

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work it. Always on the move, always looking for space, always making

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themselves available. This team can over the last 24 hours. No hint of

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menace or travel between the two sets of fans. Excellent. A lovely

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city as well. We are going by King tomorrow. -- we are going out on

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our bikes tomorrow. A tour of Gdansk. Going to the shipyards, the

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birthplace of the Solidarity movement, some history and culture

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for you tomorrow! Referee has given a free kick for ft up. -- a foot up.

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That was very well timed by Schildenfeld. I think Xabi Alonso

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ticket quickly. It caught everybody by surprise. Schildenfeld is known

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as a player who reads the game pretty well, which helps to make up

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for lack of pace, but he and Corluka are not the quickest in

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central defence, but so far able to effective. -- keeps it so it's

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Excellent play from Pique, coming up from the back. He is just

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looking for Torres to spin into the space behind. It is tight,, but he

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has got the passing capabilities to debut against Scotland last year.

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Jordi Alba of Valencia. He has been turned from a left winger into an

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attacking left-back by the coach there with great success. Solved a

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problem for del Bosque in the international side as well.

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Absolutely. Something like 778 caps, Spain. A wealth of experience on

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of Slaven Bilic, the Croatian coach. Handball. Slaven Bilic will be

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absolutely delighted. Coming into the last group game against Spain,

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world champions. No goals conceded. There's news from Poznan in the

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other match being played tonight. The Italians are now leading 1-0.

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Antonio Cassano the scorer from a Antonio Cassano the scorer from a

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corner kick. Italy are one up on the Irish and the group situation

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has changed. Italy now top the has changed. Italy now top the

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group. Croatia would go out with the Republic of Ireland bottom.

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Italy are now in the dominant Italy are now in the dominant

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position. Italy and Spain of the two who would go through as it

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filter through. -- I ensure that news will filter through. Cassano

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with his second goal of the tournament. He scored against Spain.

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That was a decent game between those two great football nations,

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always a bit of a classic when they meet. The Spanish national sporting

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daily suggested they would not be surprised if those two met again in

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brought the ball under control. -- in the raid. He saw Torres coming

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and used his body to block him off. Not looking at the ball, looking at

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Torres. Clever. I think he knows that if Torres get past him, he

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will not be catching him. He can't afford to give him any space. He

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has to be ahead of the game. Srna, the play are penalised for a

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challenge on Sergio Busquets. -- the stadium. They might have

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expected to see a goal fest. much doing in terms of goalmouth

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activity at the moment. The longer the game goes on, Croatia have to

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take some chances and push forward. They have to do something because

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at the moment, they are going home. Italy are beating the Republic of

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Ireland 1-0. If you want to watch that match, it is on BBC Three and

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of the match is reflecting that at up, they got to the edge of the

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Box's and there was a little gap between the midfield and the

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possession. Inside the last five minutes of the first half.

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Schildenfeld anticipating the pass. from Silva. So assured. A tight

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space as well, just could not fall for him to get a shot in. Spain's

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second corner of the game. Half- and for better off it. It will be a

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free kick. Sergio Ramos is always so dangerous from set plays,

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penalise this time. Corluka got up early. Just into his back. Croatia

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have looked quite comfortable. of those dark clouds are gathering.

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A few moments ago, that was. misery! Just keeping an eye on

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things! Are you a weather man now? Just seemed odd that UEFA told

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everybody we were expecting heavy storm. Even though it was 30

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degrees when we left the hotel in the middle of the afternoon. Still

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no real sign of the deadlock being broken between these two, but as it

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stands, with Italy 1-0 up against Ireland, Italy and Spain would go

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through in that order. Croatia would be going home. It is rare you

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see Spain giving the ball away this easily. Full credit to Croatia for

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be from Slaven Bilic at half-time? Italy are winning and we need a

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result. We might throw on a substitute or he might say we have

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to be more bolt in possession. It is difficult against Spain. Pranjic

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covering a lot of ground. Casillas has hardly touched the ball in the

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first half. Darijo Srna penalised for the challenge on Busquets. He

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will get a yellow card. arguments. I think that is

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persistent fouling from Srna. Lucky to get away with one earlier.

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Busquets is absolutely fine. the ball into Torres. Spain goes

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square and back, which they are quite good at any way. A real lack

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something special, is needed, to this first half. We are going into

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the deadlock here. Ramos is always in the last match that we saw,

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Greece scored a goal very much against the run of play. His

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lightning going to strike here? It is half-time in Poznan. Italy are

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leading Ireland 1-0, Cassano with the goal for Italy. It is a goal

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which means that at the moment, 80 Lee would top the group. -- a telly

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whistle. Little to really quicken the pulse in Gdansk, a half of a

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very few goalscoring opportunities. Fernando Torres, hardly having a

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sight of goal. Corluka and should and impelled, marshalling the

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Spanish attacks pretty well so far. -- Schildenfeld. Croatia have got

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If it stays this way, Italy and Spain will go through, but Croatia

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will go out. The Azeri would win the group, because they scored more

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goals in games between there top three. Spain and Croatia cannot be

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separated on head-to-head, but the Spanish would progress because they

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are goal difference in all matches is better. Barring an Irish

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equaliser, Croatia have to score, That is probably the least Blewett

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I have seen Spain played. Yes, I think it is hot there, that might

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be a factor, but they're not playing with the same urgency in

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their passing. It is that sharpness and quickness that sets them apart.

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Iniesta, who was brilliant in the last game, has hardly featured.

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They are going to have to get him in the game to win this. It shows

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you anyone can have an off-day. but you have to give AA huge amount

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of credit to Croatia. The two wide players are working ever so hard.

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They are not getting behind them at all, Spain, and Schildenfeld at the

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back is probably their man of the match. He has kept Torres at bay.

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Torres is sweeping off to the right hand side, trying to find something.

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They have worked unbelievably hard, and they have had a couple of

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chances, but they do need to score in the second half, so maybe a set

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piece. We have said time and time again, no matter how good you are,

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if you try and play against two banks of four, and the centre backs

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come up and go back at the right time, then you have problems. The

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Spanish pullbacks, -- full backs, Jordi Alba and Arbeloa, they

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haven't got forward. But Schildenfeld has been sensational

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at centre-back. Corluka has been good as well. Differences are

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slight come but if we look at the statistics, whereas Spain normally

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have over seven dissent of possession, they are just below

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that, with 68%. But if you look at the chances that the Spanish have

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had, few and far between it. They haven't really got in at all. As I

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say, because Croatia are so well organised, when you are passing and

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passing and passing, you have got to be spot on to play your way

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through them. You could possibly call this a chance. This is how

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much Spain have struggled in the first half. We have picked this one

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expect him to score, he nearly does. There was no one in the middle.

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They have had three or four moments in the box, where they have

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complicated it a little, and that But we know, they have had halves

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like this in the past, and just one moment, they can get a goal.

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Pranjic had the best chance for Croatia. You think maybe a set

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piece, but they have had a couple don't expect to get in so easy, but

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the ball just bounces around, the full-back goes close to a Modric,

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and so does the centre back, leaving a big space behind, and

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Pranjic is away. He gets a decent strike on it, but he is never going

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to score from that angle unless he You still feel that a set piece is

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their best chance to score. Also in that club, they showed that

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technical quality that often makes them a threat, apart from a set

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piece, one piece of magic from Modric and they could be away.

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about the penalty shout? I think it Difficult to tell from that angle.

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There is no margin for error can maybe get it wrong... That is when

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the manager turns round! Ramos nearly follows through and hit the

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He had a great view of that, so it was a good tackle. If one player

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looks like he might just make something happen, it is Silva.

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looks the one who has that little sharpness about him, a bit of

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top, he picks it up, he plays a wonderful pass. It is a cream of a

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pass. The incision, ripe fruit. Iniesta has a bad patch of there! -

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- a bad patch. But he is an outstanding player, he has had an

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outstanding season. He has the ability to drop the shoulder and to

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get away, time and time again. can't afford to give him space like

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this. But that is what they do well. That was probably a better chance

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than Torres's chance. If you keep him quiet, then Iniesta and Xavi

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will probably start, they have so What do you think, as they wear you

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down eventually, don't they? big thing is, we were talking

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before, you're working so hard, can you do it for 90 minutes? If they

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have got the ball, and you are chasing an getting up and down,

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chasing the ball, we said before the match, not only do you get

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tired, but you get disillusioned. So it is a tall order, but as

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leases, one set play, and you never know. -- has Lee says. In this

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spectacular summer of sport, it is Tomorrow night, England play

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The heart, the pulse, the one. Good things come to those who wait, and

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your time is now. Strong as an ox, Rooney, Rooney! Your name strikes

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Well, it scared me! We have got highlights of England against

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Ukraine tomorrow night. Let's see what has happened in the first half

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football, they have conceded in the 4th minute of each half -- fall

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they are not going to get it. The get it on target. Italy come again.

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Pressure is building on that Irish It has been given. The goal is

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given. Italy lead by a goal to nil. I think you would have to say that

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that is in there. Cassano with the header. The keeper got hand to read,

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but the ball is clearly over the Italy lead at half-time and as it

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stands they are going through. I suspect there will be a lot of

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twists and turns. I feel sorry for Shay Given, he makes a mistake and

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does not do particularly well with the goal. He has been injured and

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the goal. He has been injured and he has not had the best of

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tournaments. Let's have a look at that goal. A terrific header from

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Cassano. The defender should do better. He has got the wrong side

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of him. It is the slightest touch. That is an art. Damien Duff has

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done quite well on the line. near-post area is so important.

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Gossard know just comes in behind. Just keep a man there. Easy for me

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Just keep a man there. Easy for me to say. Always is. Interesting to

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see how the Italians play now. We know their way! I can guarantee

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what they will do! In Gdansk, let's hear the thoughts of David Moyes.

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The promised storm has yet to arrive, but at the moment it is

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Croatia raining on Spain's parade. The cruel world of football in this

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competition where you come to the final match in this kind of

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tournament, they are playing well but going out. Croatia have done a

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great job in containing Spain. I think they will need to keep doing

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it. I don't think they can open up too soon. The threat of losing a

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goal could be too big. They need to do better in possession, Croatia,

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and nullified Spain. Do you think the game as slave and a niche is to

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keep the game 0-0 and continue to blunt Spain and then at the end,

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they can push on and go for it? longer the game is goalless, it

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will swing in Croatia's favour. Spain will know if Croatia score,

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it could put them out. I think they have done a good job. Spain have

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always looked threatening, David Silva has been fantastic at times.

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They have not made the goalkeeper work enough. Slaven Bilic will be

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delighted. More of the same and maybe in the last 15 minutes, have

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a go. What do Spain do in the second half? It is a dangerous

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situation for them. A goal for Croatia and their tournament is

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over. It is dangerous. Spain have played some good football. Hundreds

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of short passes in the middle of the pitch, a threat from Silva and

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Iniesta, but not really a goal correct. They have not looked like

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scoring. I think Croatia will be delighted. Spain, it is a dangerous

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game, but they have quality and they've got a goal in them. Whether

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it is a goal for Ireland or a single goal for one of these teams,

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the group could change. STUDIO: I've got a slight feeling

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we might see Fabregas quite shortly. He has scored in both Spanish games

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and his unfortunate not to be starting. That was a criticism when

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he was at Arsenal in his early days, that he did not score enough goals

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from midfield. He has added that to his game. He will feel unlucky not

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to play tonight. He has scored a lot of Barcelona. One of the many

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changes they can make, Spain. They have flexibility. They have some

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fantastic players. Mata, we haven't even mentioned him! The interesting

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point is that Illich Maiden could call in the last game at half-time

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call in the last game at half-time and he needs to make a call here.

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They have got to score. We had better rejoin the commentators.

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No changes made by either manager at half-time. We are under way.

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Other than shoot-outs, the last time Croatia lost in a European

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Championships was against England in 2004, 4-2 that day, but they

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have to do something here otherwise they will be going out. But it is a

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potentially tight situation for Spain as well. One moment, one

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lucky bounce, one moment of genius from somebody in the Croatian side

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and Spain could find themselves going home. The scenario we like to

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see! They have to pull apart the centre-halves, Corluka and

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Schildenfeld, get them drawn out. Pull them deeper and then they can

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get one of the midfielders running through. They did not disrupt the

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back four at all. Were you a little surprised that the pace of the game

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in the first half? For lack of intensity? They need to quicken up

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their passing. Get the ball further touches in the first half. Pranjic

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again. He will get one if he's not careful of for persistent fouling.

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A little bit untidy from Pranjic persistent Achilles injury that

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The assistant flagged. He took his time to put his flag up. I think he

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was unlucky. Strinic tried to use his body. The linesman had I think

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about that for a moment or two. -- tactical change at half-time and it

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improved their plate. He hasn't done anything at the moment. Modric

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is playing off Mandzukic. They will try to take the game to Spain, but

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try not to get picked off. A difficult balance against a side as

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good as the Spanish. I don't know why he doesn't cross that on the

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first chance. Mandzukic was in the penalty area. The ball was blocked.

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Why take a touch? A slight delay because there are two balls on the

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field. Two Tangos on the field at the moment. Another being

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dispatched. It takes two to Tango! I will set them up, you knock them

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away. The first corner of the second period. A free-kick to Spain.

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Corluka was involved. I don't think there was much wrong with that.

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far side. When you make runs like that, you create space behind you.

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A reminder that the two teams that come out of Group C will play the

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successful teams from England's group, which could be England,

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interception from Sergio Ramos. area. They have been in fine voice

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in the last couple of days in the city centre, the fans. A little

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push from Jordi Alba. It looks like he has pulled a muscle. We haven't

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seen much change in the tempo. If anything, Croatia have to press

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David Silva. It was a clip. He is not the quickest. He uses his body.

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A little clip of the ankle. He moved across Silva and drew the

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foul. Such a good record on the international stage following

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independence, Croatia. Quarter- finals in Euro 96 in England and

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also four years ago. They also finished third in the World Cup in

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1998 in France. The days of Davos sugar. -- Davor Suker. David Silva

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almost picked out Torres. A little bit better from Iniesta. Quiet in

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the first half. Driving at the defence. Another flare in the crowd.

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Fires burning at both ends of the pitch in the stands at the moment.

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The Spanish fans getting in on the Iniesta was not quite able to pick

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out Xavi. David Silva is OK and Spain. Strinic is being booked for

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a tackle in the middle of the park on David Silva. The referee played

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along with Corluka and Srna during the first half. None of those

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players were on yellows going into the match this evening. That was

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the challenge. The referee quite rightly played the advantage as

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assistant. Making sure the goalkeeper can see clearly. Smoke

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is lingering in the air across the stadium. More fireworks off the

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situation changes. The world champions would be in big trouble.

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If Croatia did get one, something to hang onto... Croatia won the

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first meeting between the sides, 2- 0, in 1994. Their current coach,

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Slaven Bilic, played the full 90 minutes in that game. They haven't

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managed to beat Spain in three Italy are beating the Republic of

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Ireland 1-0 in Poznan at the moment. That means we have three teams on

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That means we have three teams on five points at the top of the group.

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Italy in first place, Spain's second, Croatia would go out. It

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goes to a mini league between the three teams. From that mini-league,

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there's not much in it, but Italy have scored one more goal in those

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matches. Italy leading the way, but unravelled for Russia the other

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night against Greece. Fernando Torres saying ahead of this match

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that what happened to Russia was a wake-up call and a little reminder

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that they need full concentration at all times because things can

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change in an instant. One bad night and you're out. They have such

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confidence. But so far they have play by him, winning the ball in

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his own half. He has a quick look up, lacks so bored, he comes back,

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Mandzukic? He has played all across the front line. He is quite quick

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as well, decent touch.... Schildenfeld and Corluka are

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Iker Casillas, playing in his 4th by Xabi Alonso. Spain were nearly

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undone there. That could have given Casillas a real problem.

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Exceptional play by Luka Modric two. you are looking at. Modric turned

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defence into attack. A great cross, corner. Disappointing from Silva.

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Most of the attempts on goal have And Fernando Torres, the player who

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will depart the scene here. Navas, a useful impact player, he came on

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in the World Cup final, and Dugit - - gives plenty of pure pace on the

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right wing, which is what del Bosque feels they need at the

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moment. This must mean that Silva enthusiastically, according to the

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referee. Spain get the free kick. They haven't sparked at all in this

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game so far. It is like they are opening 45 minutes against Italy. -

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presumably many duels in the game No goals here. Look at this, far

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post, anywhere down, back across the goal, and that is the one

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opportunity they have been waiting for. For all the defensive display,

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what they are looking to do is counter attack, catch Spain out at

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the back. What a chance. Frustration for the Croatian fans

:07:13.:07:17.

in the crowd, and there are a good few 1000 of them as well, making

:07:17.:07:27.
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plenty of noise in the old town of on five points. It goes to a mini-

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league at the moment, and at the moment, Croatia would header out.

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Italy would, by my reckoning, top that crib. It could change in an

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instant. It is a very tight years there, they lost in a very

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dramatic match against Turkey. They thought they had won it in extra

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time, but they contrived to concede a late goal, and then lost on

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penalties. Strinic concedes the here. -- Croatia are going to make

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two changes here. Perisic is going to come on and so is Jelavic.

:09:57.:10:07.
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games, he has just won the Double with Borussia Dortmund. Vida is

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going off, and Jelavic, who scored against the Republic of Ireland

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last weekend in their first match, is going to come on. Slaven Bilic,

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as he did against Italy in the week, is changing things around to try

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I have been really impressed with Mandzukic and Jelavic as a pair.

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But you put on a centre forward, it takes one out of your midfield. But

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they have got to be a bit more adventurous, as we save. If they

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score a goal, they could not Spain out. -- knock Spain out. It is a

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straight swap, Perisic is going on the central defenders, this time it

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was Gerard Pique. The ball didn't quite reach Silva. Schildenfeld

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again put himself in the right towards the near post. If the

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referee had seen that, it would be Free kick to Croatia. As I said

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before, Corluka was stooping to head it... With Jelavic and

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Mandzukic, Croatia play a little bit more direct. Because of their

:13:25.:13:35.
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Everton striker. It was basic stuff, I knocked down the pitch.

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physical presence as much as anything, Jelavic, causes a problem

:13:47.:13:57.
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and gives the Spanish defence is, but he had time to pull it down.

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Three players in the box, that is probably the most they have had in

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good with so many players in close going home. But if they win this

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match, they will qualify, regardless of what happens

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goals in the World Cup finals a couple of years ago. He conceded

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one against Italy in the opening match here last week. He has had

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nothing to do all game, when he was called into action, he did the

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another change, Fabregas may be on Strinic once again. I quite like

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age. It will be another corner kick, I think, for Spain. They try to put

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the pressure on. There's Fabregas, he has scored twice already in this

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tournament and unlucky not to be in the starting line-up. He will come

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on shore leave. They played the opening game with six Nield fear --

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up to head thataway. -- and that kick. A reluctance to just booted

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out of play or down the pitch. this is the change and it is David

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Silva, the Manchester City player, coming off. Cesc Fabregas is coming

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on to replace him. Fabregas has made a very positive impression

:17:32.:17:37.

with the opportunities he has had to play. A quick passer, a real

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threat around the penalty area. Italy are beating Ireland 1-0 in

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the other match. Antonio Cassano's goal in the first half just

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crossing the line 10 minutes before crossing the line 10 minutes before

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half-time. Because it is dollars here, at the moment it to the top

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the group. -- goalless. Spain are just edging out Croatia in the

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little mini league between the three, which is what it goes to

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way of the ball, but it seems Spain are starting to have more of the

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play in the final third. They haven't been able to play the hurt

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ball, one that splits the defence or creates a shooting opportunity.

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Xavi will try something different what Fernando Llorente is thinking

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right now. Mata as well, just won the Champions League with Chelsea.

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He did not play much in the World Cup either. You were playing

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central midfielders as strikers in your position. -- you are playing.

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Croatia could cause an upset here. support there? A real swashbuckling

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full-back. A player with natural attacking instincts. 15 minutes to

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go. Croatia are 15 minutes away from going home. Spain are less

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than sparkling, for once, in some respects. They seem to be playing

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within themselves. They haven't from Croatia and the world

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trying to reinvent the game. Centre-forwards are the focal point

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of the team and he is playing without one. Precarious. Still a

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lot of attacking talent on the waste of an opportunity. Iniesta

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with a little drink. -- jink. As Fabregas moved the ball to his

:22:24.:22:29.

right, the foot -- the shot was on. He tried to create more space and

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he ran into players. I don't know how many passes he has made tonight,

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but Xavi is into double figures in terms of corners. This is Number

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Ten. No end result so far for Spain. Cleared away once more, this time

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it was Strinic, the left-back. Spain pretty much camped inside

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Croatia's half. But finding them a very tough nut to crack. Croatia

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looking for that one chance that can swing the game around

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play. Great counter-attacking football by Croatia. They need that

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goal. Sir Nick getting well forward. -- Srna. A little too high for

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could have been difficult for have created the better

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opportunities. Spain are far from home and dry and into the last

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superb tackle by the captain of Croatia, Darijo Srna. They were

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trying to walk into the net. Excellent play. It started with

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Casillas. What did they want? shade over 10 minutes remaining.

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Still anybody's game. They just got caught, Croatia, for the first time

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in the game. Everybody was further - forward and Spain counter-

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attacked. Slaven Bilic will make one final change. Eduardo, the

:24:56.:25:06.
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former Arsenal striker, preparing Vukojevic is going off. He is

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turning away from goal there. That ball, as it comes towards you, you

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have to take it towards the goal, that will draw the challenge from

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Srna and possibly a penalty. Eduardo on. He has a really good

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goalscoring level -- record, 23 goals in 49 appearances at

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international level. The Brazilian- born former Arsenal man, can he

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Pletikosa has not been overly stressed. No. There have been shots

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from distance. Last 10 minutes. Italy lead in the Republic of

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Ireland 1-0 in Poznan. Cassano's goal. Three teams on five points.

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It goes to a little mini-league of the matches between them and Italy

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come out on top in that at the moment. Italy would win the group,

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Spain's second and Croatia, as it stands, going home with the

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that. Jordi Alba coming up for top Still 1-0 in the Italy match

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against the Republic of Ireland. Italy leading the group, Spain and

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It goes to a little money group between the three teams level on

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five points and Italy, courtesy of five points and Italy, courtesy of

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scoring one more goal, top of the pile at the moment, but it could

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first touch. They have taken a chance now, Croatia. Eduardo it is

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at the top of the pitch with Opportunities have been few and far

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between. Mainly because they have had a protective midfield sitting

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in front of the Croatian defence not allowing through balls.

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Fabregas looks a threat since coming on. Spanish fans are praying

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for a late goal which will stave off the nerves they are feeling at

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the moment. One mistake and it would all unravel for the defending

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goalscoring opportunity. They had a golden one then the second half

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which they did not take. Can they create another one in the last five

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what they were looking for. The fourth official is giving Slaven

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Bilic some stick because he is standing between the touchline and

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the technical area. He was almost on the pitch! That is his natural

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habitat, it was for so many years. He spent plenty of time in England

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with Everton and West Ham United. That was Eduardo getting in in

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front of Casillas. Casillas is complaining. I'm not sure what he

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does wrong, he was just holding his ground, Eduardo. Corluka was

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underneath the goalkeeper's nose. Or are they just doing what they

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court! Spain are going through to the quarter-finals. Finally,

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stadium. Hands went up for an offside. The flag never went up.

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And Croatia suddenly have an awful lot to do, and not very much time

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to do it in. Iniesta was not Fabregas with the initial pass, and

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Navas, the substitute, with the tapping. Look at the relief and joy

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on those Spanish bases. The situation now is that Spain lead

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going to be quarter-finalists this time, like four years ago. They

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started so well with that 3-1 win over the Republic of Ireland. They

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came back strongly in the second captured very tight here against

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really. Mandzukic is the player who Jelavic. And Italy have doubled

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their lead, Balotelli adding the second goal. It is leading the

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in the quarter-finals. Croatia and the Republic of Ireland are going

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They are going to throw everyone forward for the last hurrah.

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Possibly the last minute or two of his reign as Croatia's manager,

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Bilic, he has kept them in the top 10 of the world rankings at almost

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for a goal here. If they could get a goal and equalise here against

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Spain, it could still see them so long. 1-1 would be enough for

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Croatia, if Italy win 2-0. So it is pretty sharpish. He needs good

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got to be now, for Croatia. One goal and they could still be in the

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competition. They have a chance here. Everybody has got to get

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bored. The goalkeeper is coming up run onto the field as well! The

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Italy game was finished, they have Spain. -- they took it a bit too

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quickly. When it is the last minute, you don't want to give away a silly

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foul. That is what Jelavic did. He doesn't want to go out like this,

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Dougherty? -- does he? They need a sprinkle of magic right at the end

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of this game, and it hasn't come for Croatia. The world and

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defending European champions are through to the last eight, and

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Slaven Bilic's reign as coach of Croatia comes to an end with a

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defeat here today which means that his side got out of Euro 2012.

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Jesus Navas is the man who scored the goal which won the match, and

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it means Spain top the group, with Italy's second and Croatia going

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So Spain go through as group winners. The players swap shirts,

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Modric, who has been brilliant in this tournament, disappointed to go

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home. It wasn't to be for Croatia in the end. Casillas, a couple of

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vital saves from him, but in the end, Jesus was the saviour. And

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these are the scenes when the Italians learned they had qualified

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for the next stage. Out right joy. Buffon, who has been through it all

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so many times, a goalkeeper of massive experience, he has won

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pretty much everything, but not the European Championship. The Irish

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put up a hell of a fight in Poznan this evening, a terrific

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performance from then. -- of them. Contrast those emotions with those

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of the Croatian team, disconsolate and out of Euro 2012. The

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supporters of Croatia, cheering them on nevertheless. The Spanish,

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relieved. It was 80 for them, knowing that a goal for Croatia

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could have put them in serious That late goal for the Spanish

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ensures they go through as group winners, they will play the runners

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up from England's grip on Saturday. -- England's group. Croatia finish

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It would have been so easy for them to go for 2-2, didn't happen.

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have got to feel really sorry for Croatia, because they played so

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well for so long. They gave at the Spanish -- we gave the Spanish a

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big hit, but they never played as well as we expected. Croatia, they

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had a good penalty shout turned down, and Rakitic had the best

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chance of the game. It could have been different. It was groping

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towards the end, all sorts of permutations in our minds. --

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gripping. It just opened up towards the end, Croatia had two great

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chances. If they had scored, I think Spain would have been out.

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When it got stretched, a great piece of quality, the game was over.

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Was it be biased performance we have seen in the last few years

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from Spain. -- was and the finest performance. Great credit has to go

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to Croatia, they didn't just get everybody behind the ball and not

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attack, they needed to win the game, and they had the best chance with

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the Rakitic in the second half. But the way they played at the back,

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they were solid, broke when they had to, I would like to have seen

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two strikers a bit earlier. It it would have been nice to have seen

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balls into the box from Darijo Srna. But a great credit from them. Let's

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hope if we go through tomorrow, let's hope Spain don't come out in

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the next match all guns blazing! Day brought on Navas instead of the

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traditional centre-forward, and ultimately, he was the guy who

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but it ended up paying off. There is that gap. Fantastic delivery

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from Fabregas, then a square pass. Just level, do you think? Ball of

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the tournament from Fabregas. He has got swerve, check, everything

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on it. But that is what they can do Spain. You don't think they are

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firing on all cylinders, then that one moment of sheer quality.

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bad, having someone like Fabregas on the bench. And they still have

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options, people like Juan Mata, things will -- people like that.

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I was the England squad, I wouldn't I thought Spain were really poor at

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the back, I think there was chance after chance. The full-backs were

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all over the place. This is the thing, if there is a percentage of

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them going forward, then the pressure comes into the back four,

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and as at least says, the two of full backs were not great. You need

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a bit of luck to win the tournament, do Spain get it with this penalty

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referee has about 19 bodies in front of him. That is judo! If the

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referee sees it, it is a penalty kick. He didn't complain, because

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he nearly scored, but it has put The Germans had a similar thing

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last night with a bad enough. -- Bendtner. You see it from that

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angle, he is all over him. That is a penalty kick, a stone wall

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penalty kick. If they score there and going front, conceivably the

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Germans are going home. Fine margins. Remarkable. But there we

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go, that was probably the best Modric comes inside. Exquisite play.

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As good as Fabregas's pass. I think that is better. You have to score.

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This is what we are on about when we talk about the Spanish defence.

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When the move starts in the middle of the park, Rakitic wins the ball.

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He will just carry on his run. The He will just carry on his run. The

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run from Mandzukic to pull the defenders over the other side of

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the pitch... But watch the Spanish defenders getting drawn towards the

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ball. What a free header that is. ball. What a free header that is.

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You look at that break and say You look at that break and say

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maybe they are not as organised as we think. Their defence normally...

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They always have the ball! could argue that the movement is

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exceptional. Great movement, Modric is fantastic. But defensively, the

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full-back, Arbeloa, he had an absolute stinker. You could get him

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absolute stinker. You could get him all day long. The Spanish in this

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tournament and over the three games don't because they did -- as good

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as they did in the World Cup and the European Championships before.

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Villa is a big mess. You can tell we might play them on Saturday, we

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are really putting them down! Before the start of the game, we

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said they were absolutely brilliant. At one stage when we thought Spain

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might be second, we thought England should finish second in the group

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to avoid them. Let's try to get through! Let's get the post-match

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thoughts with David Moyes. David gave his Everton and Croatian

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striker Jelavic Joe Cardle before the game. He might need a bigger

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one. A great tournament by Croatia and they go home. Up until the last

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10 minutes, they always had a chance. The second half was always

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going to be difficult for them. I thought Slaven Bilic just about got

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it right. They probably made the best chances. Rakitic had a great

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chance. They were open at the end and Spain got the goal. We have

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seen Italy and the Czech Republic go through to the quarter-finals

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having not won until their final group match and that is an

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important lesson for other teams in this competition, it can go to the

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wire. Up until five minutes to go, Spain could easily have gone out.

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It will be important England that they do their job in the last game.

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The best team went through tonight, no doubting that, but I don't think

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it was great by Spain. But in the end, they were the better side.

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England will know that Croatia came into this match on four points, as

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England do tomorrow night. What of Spain? They did not play with a

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striker for long periods of this game. Do you think other teams are

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now fearing them less? I thought Croatia did a great job. They had

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to defend for long periods. I think there's a style where you get used

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to how you play against Barcelona, the way Chelsea did, or the way

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Croatia did again Spain. They did not have enough with the ball. I

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thought Modric could quite easily have been a Spanish player tonight,

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he was Croatia's best player. I think it will give team's

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confidence to have a go at Spain. But when you don't have the ball,

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you have to be very tight and compact. Thank you for your company

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tonight. You're going to Eastern Europe. I will try to see a couple

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more games. The football doesn't stop in this competition. An

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emotional and dramatic night here and tomorrow we have to deal with

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England! England!

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STUDIO: Let's catch up with events in Poznan. Italy against Ireland.

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Watched by Steve Wilson and Mick football in this tournament and

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they have conceded in the fourth handball. I think it was St Ledger

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in the way. The Turkish referee says no. He has to do better. It

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has hit him in the chest. It is not brilliantly to get it on target.

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Some ledger was there. -- St Ledger. Pressure is building on the Irish

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in! Has that crossed the line? The goal has been given. That's in.

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goals given. Italy lead by a goal to nil. That is in. It was in.

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Antonio Cassano with a header. Given got a hand to it. The ball

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was over the line. It has been coming in the last four or five

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for precision, Cassano, but it was When it was cut back, Cassano just

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side-footed it. Keep it on target, but I thought he might hit it with

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a bit of violence. You get a Good mood. A good lay-off from

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Kevin Doyle and he has to shoot from there, but straight down

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Walters. This is a good position. I've no idea what they are

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complaining about, it is a free- kick! Damien Duff, Keith Andrews...

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Good save by Buffon. It was a great Jesus Navas has scored for Spain.

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Very late on. We've got a Spanish goal in Gdansk and a red card for

:54:46.:54:56.
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done absolutely nothing so far in this European Championship, and

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then he goes and does that. It was well worth the wait. Well done,

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Bonucci, who has just told him to shut his gob in no uncertain terms.

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He has scored a goal, so what? Is he going to tell the coach he's the

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best player? All the Irish players are completely goosed. It is a

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fabulous finish. He wanted to tell It will be sorted out tomorrow

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evening. Italy got themselves through. They got through and in

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the end it was comfortable, but I thought the Republic of Ireland

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played as good as they have played in the tournament in the second

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half. They got some pride back with a performance. They showed great

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spirit. Yes. It was a tough game. A spirit. Yes. It was a tough game. A

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tough agenda for them. But they've come out of it with credit, which

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is what you want. This was a poor goal to lose. That near-post area,

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you have to have a man there. behind the line... I don't suppose

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it would have made any difference. I always like a fall back on the

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line, not wingers. That is a fabulous finish. Your mate, Alan.

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The finish is great, but not as great as Mick McCarthy's

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commentary! He wanted to say something to someone. He has done

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well for him, his team-mate, Bonucci. Two set plays. Sensational

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stuff. This time tomorrow we will stuff. This time tomorrow we will

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either be celebrating or not. This is no time for negativity. Come on,

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 89 seconds

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How do England approach that game? I think they have to be positive.

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We mentioned before that they have to pass it better. Rooney is back,

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it will be a big lift for everybody in an England shirt because he is a

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world-class footballer. Watching Ukraine over the first two matches,

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if England play well, they win. do you see it, Alan? It could be

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edgy. The thing that will be a factor is that Ukraine are the home

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team. That feeling in the stadium will be important for them. We have

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to be able to cope with that. If we do and we pass the map -- pass the

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ball better, I expect us to win. Same tactics? I think so. Rooney is

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a better player than Ashley Young or Welbeck in the hall. If we can't

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Gary Lineker introduces live Euro 2012 coverage as the final round of Group C matches gets underway. Tonight's featured game is expected to be Croatia against Spain, although results in previous matches could mean that the Republic of Ireland versus Italy is shown instead.

The Spanish are the reigning World Cup winners and European champions, and are chasing an unprecedented hat-trick of major titles. They qualified with a flawless record, and can call upon some of the finest midfielders in world football, including 2010 hero Andres Iniesta and influential playmaker Xavi.

This will be Croatia's final tournament under the stewardship of Slaven Bilic, a guitar-playing law graduate familiar to English fans following playing spells with West Ham and Everton. At Euro 2008 they suffered a heart-breaking quarter-final exit, with star player Luka Modric missing in a penalty shoot-out defeat to Turkey. The Tottenham star will be desperate to make amends for his country this summer.


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