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Italy v Republic of Ireland

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Welcome to BBC Three's live coverage of Euro 2012. Tonight, we

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focus on Group C, where three teams are vying for the two qualifying

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spots. Spain and Croatia are favourites, but the question we are

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asking this evening is that after two heavy defeats, can the Republic

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of Ireland salvage some pride and end Italy's hopes of making the

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Italy can only qualify from this group with a victory tonight. Even

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then, they are not guaranteed to go through. Italy could win

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convincingly, but still go out with Spain and Croatia draw at 2-two or

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higher. Trust us on that. Ireland are sadly already out, but will

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look to end the campaign on a positive note. We will keep you up-

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to-date with the Spain versus Croatia game, which is also on BBC

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One. But here, we are concentrating on Italy versus the Republic of

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Ireland, in the company of Steve Staunton and Alan Shearer. Steve,

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Richard Dunne has said the players are clearly hurting after the two

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big defeats. It is all about putting on a performance, isn't it?

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Especially for those who have given support. Yes, our performance has

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been disappointing. We made simple mistakes which cost us dearly with

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goals. It is so uncharacteristic of the team. I think Giovanni

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Trapattoni has said, let's have a good goal. He has stuck with a team

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which has been successful in their qualifying campaign, and he is

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I you surprised that he has not really change things around and,

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with youth this time? I would have liked to have seen young Maclean

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given a goal. I do not know why Darron Gibson is not playing in the

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middle of the park. Shane Long is another absentee that I find

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strange. They are all good, young, hungry footballers with pace.

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his defence, it is the older guys with experience that got them into

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this position. He did not be surprised after this tournament if

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you see the likes of Damien Duff, shade -- Shay Given, even Robbie

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Keane, say to the fans, that is enough. We gave Ireland our best

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shot. That is why he stuck with them tonight, because it is

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conceivable that three or four of the guise could retire after this.

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Damien Duff is captain for the evening and picks up his 100th cap

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for the Republic, one of only five players who have done so. Can't

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remember through the first one was. It is fantastic for him. He

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deserves it. He is a great professional. He works so hard in

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training. He is the ultimate professional, and he is a leader.

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He has been given the armband tonight. As for Italy, four changes

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They have to go for goals, don't they? They need to win tonight. A

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few people were surprised at the system. In the first game, they

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played three at the back. In qualifying, they were successful

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with four at the back. They have gone back to four tonight, with De

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Rossi pushing into midfield and two forwards, with Balotelli left back,

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which does not surprise me because we have not seen anywhere near his

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form in the previous two games. Andrea Pirlo caught the eye. We saw

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that terrific free-kick from him. He has been crucial for them in

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midfield. Absolutely. He is a fantastic player who brings an

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experience to that Italian midfield. If Ireland are going to get

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anything to write, they will have to get around him. He will start

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most things off for Ireland tonight. All of his goals for Italy have

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come from set pieces, be it penalties or free kicks. They also

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have to go against them nature to score goals. They have to win this

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game. It is as simple as that. You might see a different approach from

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the Italians. It is almost time for kick-off in Poznan. Could there be

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a final dramatic twist for group C As the Republic of Ireland take on

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another former Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, with Steve Wilson.

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So will Ireland play with some freedom to write? Will Italy play

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with fear? For Ireland, Giovanni Trapattoni is a manager for Italy.

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He is a legend, and tonight, he is their enemy within. Italy cannot

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qualify if they don't win. They may not qualify even if they do. And

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Giovanni Trapattoni will know every single Italian strategy in the book,

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because it is a book that he helped to write. And Giovanni Trapattoni

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is a huge factor in the Italian psyche tonight. They are on a

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knife-edge, and they face a side, Mick McCarthy, who are coming out

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here in Poznan very much with something to prove. Very much so. A

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lot has been said and written back home in Ireland about the

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performances. It is sad that we have never given ourselves a solid

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footing to compete. We based our success here on a solid defensive

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base, and we have not had it. We conceded seven goals, most unlike

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us and certainly unlike a Giovanni Trapattoni team. So here they walk

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into a sultry, sticky evening in Poznan, the Municipal Stadium. It

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is not full, maybe about four- fifths full. And about four fifths

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of the people in the stadium Irish. So a night for Ireland to try and

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restore some pride. A night for Italy to try and get through to the

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last eight of this European Championship. The Irish have had a

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ball. But unfortunately, they have not had much of the ball. Their

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fans have been making themselves heard wherever they go. But now it

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is down to the men in green, red and white to do something where it

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matters. The anthem of the Republic of Ireland will be the one we here

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# A ta faoi gheall ag Eirinn. # Buion dar slua.

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# Thar toinn do rainig chughainn. # Faoi mhoid bheith soar.

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# Sean tir ar sinsear feasta. # Ni fhagfar faoin tioran na faoin

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traill. # Anocht a theam sa bhearna baoil.

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# Le gean ar Ghaeil chun bais no saoil.

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# Le gunna screach, faoi lamhach na bpilear.

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# Seo libh canaig amhran na bhFiann # Fratelli d'Italia.

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# L'Italia s'e desta. # Dell'elmo di Scipio.

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# S'e cinta la testa. # Dov'e la vittoria?

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# Le porga la chioma. # Che schiava di Roma.

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# Iddio la creo. # Fratelli d'Italia.

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# L'Italia s'e desta. # Dell'elmo di Scipio.

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# S'e cinta la testa. # Dov'e la vittoria?

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# Le porga la chioma. # Che schiava di Roma.

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# Iddio la creo. # Stringiamoci a coorte.

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# Siam pronti alla morte. # Italia chiamo.

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# Stringiamoci a coorte. # Siam pronti alla morte.

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# Italia chiamo #. Si! It is a great anthem, and the Irish

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fans are enjoying it almost as much as the Italians, jumping up and

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down and clapping along. As you can see, Damien Duff, wearing the

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captain's armband this evening. As we were saying earlier, it is his

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100th cap for the Republic this evening. They say there might be a

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storm about half-time, so bear with friendlies before this tournament,

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their last run of results in 26 years. They have won only one of

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nine matches in major finals since then. They won the World Cup in

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2006. That is not great. Here is the referee, who is a Turkish

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insurance worker who took charge of Ukraine's win over Sweden in group

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D and also Fulham's victory over Trapattoni had made a whole bunch

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of changes he would have been accused of favouring Italy, be

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country he managed to in 2004. He also represented them as a player

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in the 1962 World Cup. Some were keen for him to go after a couple

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of poor displays. Others believe that reaching the finals was

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achievement enough. His response to his critics suggest that if it is

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down to him he will do the two more years on his contract. Ireland

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wearing be predominantly white shirts and green shorts. They want

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to really put on a put -- a display for their supporters. Italy after

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when. Mick McCarthy, as a manager, how do you feel psychologically

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playing against a team managed by somebody who used to be your

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manager? It will play on his mind. Let's see what happens. Italy have

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to when. Kevin Doyle here for Ireland. They nearly scored after

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nine seconds of the game. It was a good chance. They made a hash of it.

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I don't know how Kevin Doyle latched on to it. 18 years ago

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today, Ray Houghton scored in New one slide away. Interesting to see

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the set-up already. And they want to chase it, Ireland. One of the

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midfield players has caused a problem but I am happy to see that

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they are closing them down. Ireland have played four halves of football

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so far in this tournament. They have conceded in the 4th minute of

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each half. They will be glad if it is 0-0 at -- after five minutes

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of Robbie Keane. Not a particularly comfortable start for the Italians

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closing down, not letting them settled -- settle. McGeady and Duff

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might have a bit of joy because they are playing narrow. Balzaretti

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across, decision goes island's way. -- Kevin Doyle. Him it is a goal

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kick. Path -- not a free kick, as it turned out. The I thought it was

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a half decent chance from the free edge of the penalty area. Damien

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Duff is also in the box. These lads never give anything up easily. They

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have not played well and they know that and they want to repay the

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Wylam -- Glenn Whelan snuff it out. Goal kick, Kevin Doyle incensed.

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looked like a corner kick to me. Let's see if the referee has got it

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right. Never. He did well, Kevin Doyle. He was trying to get a shot

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in but, if not, good to get a corner kick. Ignazio Abate had a

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little bit of room on the other side. Ireland have to be narrow

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because they are playing three Italian squad. Also in the stands,

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The cross deflected, Kevin Done with the clearance. -- Richard

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Dunne. Path they have got the -- they have got the extra man in

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Andrew's. -- Andrews. Into it -- Italy coming into tonight's matches

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going to so -- shut down the two forwards down, the rest of the team

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Mario Balotelli? They need goals. The manager knows better than

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anybody else. You do not know what you will get out of Balotelli. When

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he is good he is very good and when he is bad he caused us problems. --

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can't debt done one against one. -- Sean St Ledger. Put away by Richard

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Dunne. They have committed a lot of little shove from Robbie Keane.

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was always going to be a foul. Them his Italian experience of Inter

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Milan seems a long time ago now, needed to come a little bit earlier.

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The longer it goes on, the more anxious the Italians will get.

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are leading two centre backs against Robbie Keane. They should

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let Kevin Doyle stay up against the offering. Just be patient, keep

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hold of the ball, and neither one of the pitch. The referee has asked

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Kevin Doyle to put the ball out of play. It does my head in. Was he

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enjoyed? I think Doyle did brilliantly. That was his job. He

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actually kicked Doyle, so I don't know how much he hurt him. I think

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it is rubbish. They should play on and see it out. A head injury is

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one thing, but that is not a head injury. I agree. It is usually

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have been since they became world champions in 2006 in the World Cup.

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They went out of the last European Championships in the quarter-final

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stage on penalties to Spain. And they had an abysmal World Cup.

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There are a few countries which have been poor since they won the

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World Cup. By their standards, they have had two poor tournaments, and

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that is not counting the finding the picture a bit awkward.

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-- they are finding the pitch a bit awkward. The pictures are really

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hard now. Most of them wear rubber- That got the reception it deserved

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from the fans behind that goal. was never convincing. His eyes lit

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up when he thought he had a shot. The two Italian full-backs are

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pushing really far. I would like to see one or two of our winners

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is wrong with that?, says Richard Dunne. I don't think it was for

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that, because that is always going them have the ball are working so

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minutes, and they have not caused get a head on it. Well played,

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McGeady. Excellent play from group see when you look at the

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games include one who is the daddy of them more. And we have the baby

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marriage corner. For a moment, they will punish us. 0-0 here, and still

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0-0 in the Spain-Croatia game. That means that as it stands, Spain win

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the group and Croatia go through with them. Is it not to to to yet?

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Yes, there is the two to two things. If Spain and Croatia finish with

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two each, Italy could win 15-0 and frustrating. We are that keen to

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score a goal. Kevin Doyle could tonight. -- Ireland look a

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one of the star men of the Republic of Ireland World Cup team of ten

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seems any challenge in there is a Ireland would go out with a whimper.

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I do not think that will be the case. Not a chance. Never, ever.

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They have been playing well. But they have to do better with the

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opportunities. They are defending was probably Italy's best chance so

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far. Balzaretti gets the yellow Natale before that. It was a good

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chance. The Italians are not The inevitably in Poznan the Poznan

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was going to happen. Stephen Ward needs somebody to run for that. He

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needs a centre forward been prepared to chase that. Would it be

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cruel to suggest that the Irish fans don't want to wait for a goal

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to do the Poznan? They came here wanting to see their team when. To

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see our team when. But if they don't they will still enjoy being

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here. They want to see the team play and they have come to have a

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Great block, they are all appealing for handball. They are not going to

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get it. The Turkish referee says no. Great run by Balzaretti, wasn't it?

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Fabulous. He has been booked for a rugby tackle but he showed his good

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side there. It has hit him in the looking for a ball to slip inside

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all over the top. They are but the door is shut. The two

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centre backs are playing a very narrow. Sean St Ledger did a good

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Ireland. They need to get out of from di Natale, which I don't think

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would have beaten Shay Given. of respite, because we have been

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under pressure there. The two winners are doing a great job but I

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would still like to see one of them to get it on target! Off the line.

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Pressure is building on the Irish goal now. Cassano, a good hit.

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don't know how di Natale get that on target. It was a great strike

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and you would expect Shay Given to gobble that up. The di Natale did

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fantastically. Was that across the line or not? The goal is given. The

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goal is given. It might be Antonio Cassano at the heart of the huddle.

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Italy lead 1-0. I think you would have to say that that was over the

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line. It was over the line. Antonio Cassano with the header. Shay Given

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got a hand to it. It has been covering in the last four or five

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minutes. It has. It started with a mistake, di Natale nearly scored

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and Shay Given has spilled the shot. It is looking at half. It had been

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crying for Fido six minutes. -- five or six. Italy would when this

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group if it remains like this. Spain would go through as runners-

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up. A yellow card for Keith Andrews. It his -- it is mack his second of

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again before half-time. Then it with this free kick. We can see how

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Croatia. We then got a head to it. -- Glenn Whelan. Cassano with the

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header put them on five points. They are level on points with Spain

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and Croatia but Italy would go blood on the lip of Balzaretti. The

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yellow card is coming out for John O'Shea. I think he is given the

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yellow card because he saw the O'Shea has the yellow card, the

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Italians have the free kick and Andrea Pirlo will take it.

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Shouldn't he have to go off if he has blood on his face? It is not

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have been fortunate, Ireland. was a really good free kick. You

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was unlucky. He was on the move, he jumped early, he got in front of

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him. It was actually a great header. Scored a couple goals in a Euro

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2004, Cassano. I don't think it would take a lot for the referee to

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give another yellow card. At the moment, Spain, Croatia and Italy

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all have five points. The results against Ireland would be taken out

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of the equation and the other teams would be put in a mini league. The

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goals scored against the Irish would not count. One flick on and

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he was always through -- almost was offside, which is fairly

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obvious. This is all hypothetical but if Italy do win Group C and it

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-- then the winners of Group D would play Spain. It looked like

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handball by George at Chiellini. -- now. It really is different if the

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other team are one goal ahead. It makes you chase the ball all night

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long. It is difficult to go from 4- 4-2 to forfeit -- 2433 mack, a

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positive position to a negative one. Good block. I think Balzaretti was

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happy with that, he had run about 70 yards. I hope somebody is

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watching di Natale, who is lurking inside the Irish penalty area.

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Richard Dunne came across very quickly to block Thiago Motta.

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never stands still. Great ball by Thiago Motta and well done, Richard

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bed gracefully. He won't be older he gets, believe me. The Irish are

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out of the Irish headers. They looked full of enthusiasm. When he

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went in, they must have thought, here we go again. That is half-time.

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Ireland started like a different side from the one that was so

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comfortably beaten by Croatia and Spain. But the tide was beginning

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to turn, and then Antonio Cassano's near-post header definitely crossed

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the line. At the moment, Italy So a disappointment for the

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Republic of Ireland, because for most of that half, they more than

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held their Rome. Yeah, we did. But unfortunately, simple mistakes and

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poor decision-making cost us again. It has knocked the stuffing out of

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the boys. You could see in the last few minutes that everything has

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been drained out of the lads, who put in a very good shift so far.

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But unfortunately, this is what happens. It was looking positive

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until Cassano has struck. It was. The Republic had a fair amount of

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the game for the first half-hour, and created a few chances. We

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thought Italy were not looking too dangerous. But basic errors have

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cost Ireland the goal. It is in stark contrast to prove the

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Republic of Ireland's game in qualifying. Six out of 7 goals they

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have conceded have been down to defensive mistakes. There were two

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or three hours in the build-up to we did OK. There was a wonderful

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left. It was just a knock-on. We gave the ball away again. Then

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there was a shot. Shay Given rushed off his line and then fumbled the

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shot. The smallest guy on the pitch got the header, and it should not

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happen. You have got to stay alive to set pieces. We have seen time

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and time again that set pieces win or lose you games. The smallest guy

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on the pitch got a free header, and that is not acceptable. But Ireland

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have had their chances, but it has not quite happened to them. We have

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had good situations. But again, we have taken the wrong option. As a

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centre forward, Kevin Doyle got this ball after five or six seconds,

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and he has to test the goalkeeper, Buffon. He had the opportunity. The

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defenders are showing him where to go. The gap was there. As a forward,

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you have to be thinking that way. Perhaps this is why they are not

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scoring goals. There was a poor ball in to Robbie Keane, who did

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all right to shield it, but look who he passed it to. Kevin Doyle.

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There are your two centre forwards. Look in the 18 yard box. There is

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no one there. That is one of the reasons why. Aiden McGeady had a

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great run, but he overruns it again. You can see that Damien Duff is

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screaming for it. Doyle is the widest man. It is these little

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errors that have cost us. When Aiden McGeady ran at the back line,

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he could have caused problems. Ireland have had their fair share

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of chances. We have highlighted three opportunities. They should

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get their shot at goal away earlier. When they don't, they have to get

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there goals in the box with more quality. No one expects them to go

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out and beat Spain or Croatia, but the chances have been there for

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them tonight to score against Italy. It goes to show what you said

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earlier about the strength of injecting pace in this Ireland side.

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That is it. With any football team, you have got to have pace. Aiden

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McGeady has the ability to do that. But he has to get better at quality.

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Robbie was looking for a pass often. He doesn't do that, he delays it.

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As you can see, Damien Duff is screaming for to get a shot of.

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for Italy, Di Natale came in for Balotelli. He has been their main

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danger man. He has looked very sharp. They are having problems

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with Di Natale and Cassano. They found themselves in that pocket

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where they were getting the ball time and time again. Cassano and Di

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Natale were waiting for the ball to come in. I think the referee got it

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right on the handball. For me, that is not a penalty. Those two guys

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want to get in the box and score goals, whereas Robbie Keane and

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Kevin Doyle are not so keen. They are spending too much time outside

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the 18 yard box. Let's look at where this leaves us at half-time.

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As things stand, Italy lead the group at five points ahead of Spain.

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Italy scored two goals in the head to heads. The other teams have

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scored just one. If Croatia score in the second half, then Spain

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could exit the competition, which would be extraordinary. Absolutely.

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It is unbelievably tight in this group now. It will be fascinating

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to see how both Croatia and Spain face up to that in the second half.

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It is anyone's at the minute. you have been engrossed in this

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feast of football for the last 11 days, you could be forgiven for not

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realising that another sporting treat is almost under starter's

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orders. And they're offer. That is a nice hat, followed by stuck in

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the turf. Cheeky tipple. A late push from Gone With The Wind. It

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Alan, you have got horse racing on Wednesday. Yes, for 20 5:00pm on

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Wednesday in the Royal Hunt Cup. We have got a day off, so I will be

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there. Just when everybody has had enough of the rain over here, you

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actually want it to rain. Our horse likes a bit of mud, so I am praying

:08:40.:08:44.

for rain. As the start of Royal Ascot begins

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tomorrow, we will also see one Wayne Rooney make his Euro 2012

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debut. The heartbeat. The polls. The one. Good things come to those

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who wait, and your time is now. Stronger than an ox. Potent as

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venom. Rooney, Rooney, Rooney. Your name strikes fear. Unleash the

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:09:24.:09:37.

This is England at the Stadium in Donetsk, having a look at the

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facilities before the bid game. Wayne Rooney, by all accounts,

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looking very relaxed. Not straining at the leash, as some have put it.

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But being relaxed is a good thing. It is, and this is the moment he

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has been waiting for. He asked his team-mates to do the business in

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the first two games, to allow him to come into this game all guns

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blazing. We are assured that he will play tomorrow, and that is

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right. No point having him in the squad if you were not going to play

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him in this game. Andy Carroll or Danny Welbeck, who gives way?

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Probably Andy Carroll. Harsh on him, probably, but in fairness to

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Welbeck, in the first two games, he has been brilliant. He did not

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score in the first game, but he was excellent, and his second game has

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given him the role he deserved. They have got a lovely

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understanding of being in and around each other when the ball is

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coming into the box. There is plenty of movement and mobility,

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and they will cause any team problems. Let's see what has

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happened in tonight's other game group C. Spain are taking on

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Cup a few years ago. Beautifully done. Almost out of reach. So

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the hallmarks of the Spanish game. The first shot on target came from

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thought that was a foul. It was right under the nose of the

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additional assistant behind the goal at that end. Usually, anywhere

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on the pitch, that would be a foul. That has been the one major talking

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point, that challenge. Was it a foul? Definitely not a foul for me.

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It was a fantastic tackle from Ramos. If you look at the direction

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of the ball, and look where it goes. It goes out for a corner. That

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tells you that the defender has won the ball. But it was a great tackle.

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You would be proud of a tackle like that. Definitely. Plus, the centre

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forward is hurting. It is not right seeing Spain play in light blue.

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is not my favourite kit. But they have not been beaten in it. That

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means there player is hobbling a bit towards half-time. That is not

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great, considering that Croatia are now one goal down and needed to get

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another player to come on as well, you bitch. I think Croatia will be

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quietly confident, and Spain will get edgy. Who knows? Column have

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come out. -- Holland have gone out of. By the way, looking at mind

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games before football matches, this is nice. The Italian goalkeeper,

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Buffon, is trying to out stare the mascot. Who blinks first? He is

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doing well, but he did not flinch. Solid as a rock. What about the

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Republic, Steve? What do they do in the second half? A much improved

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display on the last two. What can they do? A bit more quality. Take

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their time. One or two subs now would freshen things up. Let's have

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a go with Italy. This is not a getting to this tournament but I

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have found it really tough and it is an eye-opener for the guys who

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think, we have done well to get here, can we kick on? Clearly the

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answer is no. The players are about to emerge from the tunnel. Let's

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hand you back took our commentators in Poznan, Mick McCarthy and Steve

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his lip stitched up. Italy are topping the group at the moment

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ahead of Spain but if Croatia sneak in the goal Spain could be going

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out with the Dutch. Everybody is caning Ireland for not having any

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points but Holland so far do not have any points. Ireland other

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first to emerge and I don't think there are any changes in the side

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at half-time. Cassano, who scored the goal, is waiting to somebody in

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the crowd. -- waving. All that Italy can do is win the game of

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course but it is possible that they could win the game and not go

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through. The system used by UEFA was defended by Michel Platini

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today. It is the same system used by the Champions League. It throws

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up the odd position of Spain, Croatia and Italy all having five

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points in the current situation. Italy top the group because of the

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mini league. But Ireland have 45 minutes to put Italy even more

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firmly in the corridor of uncertainty. Let's grasp the nettle

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while we are waiting. Lots of discussion about whether Trapattoni

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should stay or go. What do you think? If he has the desire and

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hunger and belief that he can build another team and make sure that he

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can coach them, yes. But it will have to be turned over, there is no

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question. Six weeks ago he was a hero. The short pause is because we

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need to co-ordinate with Spain and need to co-ordinate with Spain and

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Croatia. Cassano could not keep the ball in play. It is an Irish throw.

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Buffon would have come and collect inside the Italian half of the

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he will take the throw-in, the man Balzaretti with all kinds of room.

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Well played, Glenn Whelan. He kept Sean St Ledger. Early Italian

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pressure. The Italians seem to be getting numbers forward. Another

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and around their own penalty area. The way they started, the first 30

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Dunne. Smash over the top by Balzaretti. You think he might have

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put his laces through that. Hit it with some violence, you get a

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deflection and who knows. Pretty tame effort considering where he

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was. Yes, but we are getting Almost impossible. He was behind

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him, falling over, trying to get away to the far side. A nice touch.

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A bit of space was made for de Rossi by the run of Cassano.

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need to get a foothold in this game. He has gone for the top left-hand

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corner. He was wayward with it but they are running all over the top

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of us and if they get the second goal... There is a danger that

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Ireland could leave Poland with the worst ever record of European

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Championship finalists. Zero points and to a goal difference of

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Robbie Keane at the back post. I think that hit Ignazio Abate. It is

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Richard Dunne and Andrea Barzagli. It only takes one Irish goal, that

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header and it was a nervous moment for the Italian defence. You fancy

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our Guys to win the game in the air. The Premier League has lots of

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football spend a box. -- balls into went to the near post, Shay Given

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got something on it and he is grateful that Keith Andrews is

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shelf on Robbie Keane. The referee narrowed to deal with the three in

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the middle of the park. A waste from Cassano. That was a lovely

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move. Went for the near post. will never be beaten at that near

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post. While we were watching a replays of that, Chiellini has a

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problem and the Italians are suggesting he is not going to be

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able to go on. He would be a loss for them. They have had their

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defensive problems. Andrea Barzagli with a calf injury was not able to

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play in the first two games. think I would be tempted at this

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stage, all we can do is get something out of the game, and I

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would be tempted, with 34 minutes left, try to liven it up, try

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something, see if we can get a spark because at the moment we are

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with Spain in second place. That was not an easy one. It was

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spinning. Again, they just played through Ireland. It is all a bit

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too easy at the moment. This was that with a look of contempt on his

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face. It nearly missed him by a long way. He was not going to

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flatter the pass by trying to chase bench. I don't know if there seems

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to be any movement or not. Buffon made the save. Keith Andrews, who

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scored against the Italians in a 2- from the referee, which he didn't

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get. Cassano and Di Natale are two good players up front. Cheers for a

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little bit of control from contemplating a second I thought I

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saw the number 10 on the fourth official's board. In which case,

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that would be Cassano. Balzaretti was pulled back by O'Shea. The

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frustrated, the players and the Irish fans, thinking that every

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little decision is going against them. Is he wanting them to make a

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substitution first? I am not sure. The former West Ham man Diamanti

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will come on in a minute. But this interesting. They seem to use Di

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Natale and Cassano. There goes a familiar figure in Cassano. Another

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familiar figure comes on for him. It was a great goal. His movement

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was terrific. Alessandro Diamanti, now of Bologna. He had only won one

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cap prior to this tournament. He had a year at West Ham. He had

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eight goals, four of them from the change is imminent as well. Shane

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Long will bring some energy and enthusiasm. He is a handful. He is

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very difficult to deal with. He is not the biggest man in the world,

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but he has a real presence about him. Will he take will be off and

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have more physical presence up heading straight for goal. Well

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done to Keith Andrews. Won the team-mate corner just by his

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make the change first. Aiden McGeady is coming off. I thought it

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might be one of the two centre front? 25 minutes to go. The Irish

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are appealing. Richard Dunne is, anyway. Bit of a lone appeal from

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coming out to play on the right hand side of the Irish midfield,

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with Long supporting Robbie Keane. It looks that way. I was hoping

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they might have three up front. It Bonucci under pressure. I wonder

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who has been delegated to mark him? Dunne. Still, Spain versus Croatia

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Italy are going through as group winners at the moment, but there is

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still plenty of time for that Free kick, right on the edge of the

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Irish Box. The referee got that one are just a red herrings. It is

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Pirlo. Over the bar. He is whingeing at the wall. What was he

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expecting? They are going to try played well. They have narrowed the

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eight years ago in 2004, time flies - Italy were going through in the

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very last minute of their group game against Bulgaria, winning 2-1.

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Then the other match that matter for them, Denmark and Sweden were

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2-1 and then they equalised in the last minute to finish 2-2. And

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Italy went out, so they will not take anything for granted. You can

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see why it frustrates the players Rossi. Did well, Kevin Doyle. De

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Rossi took one for the team. Professional foul to stop them

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getting forward. It will not affect his participation in the quarter-

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final, assuming Italy have a quarter-final. Now that it was a

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tattoo. Glenn Whelan with his free kick. Cam Ireland find an

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equaliser? Plenty are hoping. The sheer weight of numbers might cause

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that they have given the free kick away, because they were breaking.

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And I am not so certain it was a will be off like a scalded cat.

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Great delivery from Duff. De Rossi is down and holding his head.

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must get sick of this. He might have been caught but they are

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wanting a game stop and it is not in the rules, they don't have to

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stop the game. Unfortunately the referee did stop it because the

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Irish were breaking. It is a yellow card for Buffon. A little bit too

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is a corner. A really good spell this for Ireland. Yes, Italy have

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dominated but they are getting a bit nervous. Mario Balotelli is

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coming on. At di Natale is coming Buffon under all kinds of pressure.

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Inevitably gets the free kick his way. He was always going to get a

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free kick. He comes and flaps. I know he is a very experienced

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keeper. Trapattoni is about to put Jonathan Walters on. Trying to

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spread unease among the Italian the change. Jonathan Walters is

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coming on and Kevin Doyle is going done. I am a bit surprised. I think

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Kevin Doyle has been excellent and coming out why did he has been a

:49:15.:49:25.
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real handful but Jonathan Walters Balotelli. It is a free kick as

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:49:46.:50:09.

has been strangely muted, with the nerves are round the place. Ireland

:50:09.:50:19.

have just had a good spell. -- around the place. Free kick, foul

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:50:29.:50:29.

on Jonathan Walters. What a good position this is in. I have no idea

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what they are complaining about. It nerves. I do they speak good

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Turkish or he speaks good Italian, I don't know whether there is a

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:51:07.:51:08.

common language between them! Turkish referee has very pointedly

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taken 10 long strides. That is a good 10 yards, that. There marking

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his six yards. He is spot on. -- the marking is. Excellent save by

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Buffon. Fabulous. He has kept his heart in the mouth time. He has to

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say that. If they want to go through to the quarter-finals, he

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:52:13.:52:35.

has to save that. Ireland a touch on it. Robbie Keane has

:52:35.:52:45.

gone after it, and he has kept it in. Offside in the middle. Italian

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defenders do clear that 18-yard box so they have caught them offside a

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couple of times. It is a difficult one to tell. He was the nearest man.

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Robbie Keane maybe became active when he chased after it. Bouton

:53:05.:53:12.

with the clearance as we look at some fairly anxious Italian faces.

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-- Buffon. Ireland's best spell of the game, best spell of the

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tournament. You can just feel it with 10 minutes to go, something

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special might be just around the corner for Ireland. He won the

:53:39.:53:49.
:53:49.:53:53.

header. Let's see if it was a foul. Not a chance. We have had our best

:53:53.:54:00.

spell here and it has become a bit more direct, playing up to Shane

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Long. You can ask whether it is Ireland playing better or Italy are

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

getting nervous. A bit of a relief, that, for the Italians. Still

:54:20.:54:30.
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goalless in good banks to -- Gdansk. Andrews and Long in the middle.

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Sloppy from Italy. He has been the Tallis man, the guy who has got the

:54:48.:54:57.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 89 seconds

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has been on the pitch but he is one. Damien Duff and Glenn Whelan

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are incensed. He is on his way down before anybody get anywhere near

:55:50.:56:00.
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him. Standing order, that. They do wriggle through all of them if he

:56:15.:56:25.
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is in the mood. He has got a free kick. That was theatrical. Has he

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:56:38.:56:39.

caught him? Yellow-card is shown to Sean St Ledger. He misses the next

:56:39.:56:49.
:56:49.:56:54.

match but it is purely theoretical. He caught him there, definitely.

:56:54.:57:02.

Yes, he caught him, but it is a theatrical for to the ground. --

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Italians as to who is going to take this. Balotelli and Marchisio have

:57:23.:57:33.
:57:33.:57:53.

minutes plus extra time of excitement. The Italians have moved

:57:53.:57:58.

the ball back a bit and the referee has made them put it back on the

:57:58.:58:05.

spot from where he gave the free kick. While he had his back

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to talk about there. Marchisio seemed to shove some body and...

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was a handball. No question. Robbie Keane is coming off. Fabulous

:58:42.:58:46.

career. He was always going to break the goalscoring record, but

:58:46.:58:56.
:58:56.:59:09.

surprised that he is offside there, I would like to see that one again.

:59:09.:59:19.
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for a push because the Lines man definitely had his flag up for

:59:29.:59:37.

offside. -- linesman. Italy are close but nowhere near as close as

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penalty. We have only had one penalty in this entire championship

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 89 seconds

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class. He has been a real threat, and defended well when he has had

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Spain have scored. Very late on, we have got a Spanish goal in Gdansk,

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and we have got a red card for Keith Andrews in Poznan. I'm afraid

:01:56.:02:02.

he has not helped himself by smashing the ball away. Keith

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:02:12.:02:14.

Andrews is sent off with two yellow cards. It is all kicking off. I was

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looking at Giovanni Trapattoni, and he was shaking his head. He

:02:17.:02:21.

probably thinks the Italians are getting all the decisions. We used

:02:21.:02:29.

to think that when he was there as well. That will be a corner.

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Deflected off Richard Dunne. The Italians have a lead and a man

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advantage, an time is almost up. That goal for Spain has meant that

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:02:48.:03:00.

Italy no longer take the group. done absolutely nothing so far in

:03:00.:03:03.

this European Championship, and then he goes and does that. It was

:03:03.:03:09.

well worth the wait. Well done, Bonucci, who has just told him to

:03:09.:03:14.

shut his goblin no uncertain terms. He has just cut his hand across it.

:03:14.:03:20.

He scored a goal, so what? All the Irish players are completely

:03:20.:03:30.
:03:30.:03:51.

of an eye in real time. Italy have a corner here. It does not change

:03:51.:03:56.

the group, by the way. Spain are still on top. Italy still in second

:03:56.:04:06.
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place. It would be very hard on Ireland if Italy get another.

:04:11.:04:17.

all gone wrong. All in disarray, and yet they had a good spell in

:04:17.:04:23.

this second half. It was a great finish from Balotelli. John O'Shea

:04:23.:04:33.
:04:33.:05:10.

that will affect the result. It is a stupid free kick. Abate has had a

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:05:20.:05:26.

really good game. There was no need for that. Just a few seconds to go

:05:26.:05:36.
:05:36.:05:54.

there. Balotelli ignored those around him. He did well, Richard.

:05:54.:06:04.
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Left on his lonesome there, when there were three of the Italians.

:06:07.:06:12.

In goes the corner kick from Italy. It is going to be another corner.

:06:12.:06:15.

Italy are desperate for a third because, should Croatia equalise

:06:15.:06:21.

and it is 1-1, then that means that 2-0 would not be enough for Italy.

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3-0 Wood, which is why they are desperate for a third goal. The

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referee blows his whistle, and Italy have won this goal -- game by

:06:30.:06:35.

2-0. Now they wait for confirmation that a Croatian equaliser in go

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danced against Spain will not knock them out. The celebrations are on

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hold at the moment from the Italians whilst they are still

:06:43.:06:48.

playing in Gdansk. But Mario Balotelli's all has meant that it

:06:48.:06:58.
:06:58.:07:01.

has finished here at 2-0. Balotelli and Given exchange have. The

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Italians don't know yet if they are through. While we wait for that,

:07:04.:07:10.

let's reflect on the Irish campaign. Great disappointment, obviously,

:07:10.:07:14.

but much better tonight? Huge disappointment, but they were never

:07:14.:07:19.

going to be happy with being just better. They had a good spell for

:07:19.:07:22.

30 minutes, and then Italy deservedly took the lead. In the

:07:22.:07:30.

second half, they dominated. We had a good little spell, and then we

:07:30.:07:34.

have one sent off. It looks awful, because we have not been like that

:07:34.:07:38.

in the tournament. We ended up with ten men, and it is a real

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disappointment. But one is asking the Italian fans wet of the game

:07:43.:07:47.

has finished in the Gdansk. They can't tell him from here, but there

:07:47.:07:53.

is the answer. Italy are through! They know it now. Spain have beaten

:07:53.:07:58.

Croatia 1-0. It was a horrible wait, because if Croatia had scored late

:07:58.:08:03.

in that game, then Italian Joia would have turned to tears and they

:08:04.:08:08.

would have been out. But as it is, Croatia for through the trapdoor.

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Spain win group C. Italy go through as runners-up. Spain and Italy are

:08:15.:08:19.

through. Ireland goal and applaud their magnificent fans before

:08:19.:08:26.

heading home. It has finished in Poznan.

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Incredible scenes there, with Italy clearly delighted to be through to

:08:30.:08:34.

the quarter-finals. Steve and Allen, this went right down to the wire.

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Incredible much of football. We just didn't know what was going to

:08:39.:08:44.

happen right until the last kick in both games. A great night of

:08:44.:08:50.

football. From the Republic of Ireland's point of view, at least

:08:50.:08:58.

they went out give it a good goal. They fought in the second half. At

:08:58.:09:02.

least they gave it a go. You can hear that the fans are happy with

:09:02.:09:06.

what they have seen. They made it so much noise tonight, and that has

:09:06.:09:11.

been one of the hallmarks of the Republic's involvement in this

:09:11.:09:18.

tournament. The support has been incredible. You can still hear them.

:09:19.:09:23.

There are 20,000 or 30,000 of them, and they have enjoyed every minute.

:09:23.:09:27.

Thankfully, at least in the second half, the lads put in a great shift

:09:28.:09:32.

for them. Unlucky not to get a goal, but it was a much improved

:09:32.:09:36.

performance in the second half. Gdansk in Poland, these are the

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scenes. Similarly jubilant for Spain. They go through.

:09:42.:09:47.

Disappointment for Croatia. They go home. There manager gives up the

:09:47.:09:55.

position. Yes, he has got the manager's job at Lokomotiv Moscow.

:09:55.:10:05.
:10:05.:10:05.

It looked as if Croatia had a few chances. Ability-wise, Italy, Spain

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and Croatia are three very good sides. We are going to lose a side,

:10:12.:10:17.

with Croatia missing out. Spain were wobbling this evening. That

:10:17.:10:19.

will give all the other protagonists of the tournament

:10:19.:10:24.

plenty of heart. If you look at the group itself, Spain have been quite

:10:24.:10:31.

poor at the back. Italy got at them. We did not do too much to them, but

:10:31.:10:36.

Croatia got at them. I think there is a weakness there at the back.

:10:36.:10:40.

They did not look great, but they won 1-0. And that is all that

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matters. Let's get final confirmation. These are the scenes

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:10:58.:11:14.

in Gdansk. Clearly, disappointment What an evening, gents. It was a

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great evening of football. But looking at the points total, we all

:11:20.:11:24.

expected Spain to win the group, which has happened. But the

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standard of football from both Italy and Croatia has probably

:11:28.:11:31.

surprised everyone. The problems Italy had coming into the

:11:31.:11:37.

tournament, they have looked pretty strong. And Croatia, with Jelavic.

:11:37.:11:42.

They have got some good players. They will be disappointed, but as

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you say, Ireland were up against three good sides. The Italians do

:11:47.:11:53.

it in every tournament. No one fancies them to get out of the

:11:53.:11:57.

group. Don't be surprised if they go all the way either. If you look

:11:57.:12:01.

at the Czech Republic and Greece, laugh qualified from other groups,

:12:01.:12:04.

and look at their ability compared to Croatia, Croatia can count

:12:04.:12:08.

themselves lucky. It has been a high standard group apart from the

:12:08.:12:15.

Republic. The Irish performance was much improved in the second half,

:12:15.:12:19.

but they found themselves one-0 down. It has been one of the

:12:19.:12:21.

hallmarks of their display defensively that they look very

:12:21.:12:26.

unsteady. It is so not like us. There was a catalogue of mistakes

:12:26.:12:35.

here. We gave the ball away. Here, we had a chance to clear it again,

:12:35.:12:45.
:12:45.:12:56.

moving all over the place. For me, that was a poor goal to give away.

:12:56.:13:02.

Cassano gets a cross to Keith Andrews. The hallmark of the

:13:02.:13:04.

Republic, coming into the tournament, was that the one thing

:13:04.:13:08.

about them was that they would be tough to beat. But in this

:13:08.:13:12.

tournament, they weren't, unfortunately. They gave away too

:13:12.:13:15.

many basic errors. When you do that against top quality players, you

:13:15.:13:19.

get punished. That is the disappointing thing from their

:13:19.:13:23.

point of view. They came into it with high hopes, maybe not of

:13:23.:13:26.

qualifying, but of giving it a right could go and saying to their

:13:26.:13:31.

fans, we have turned up. It was not meant to be, but we gave you

:13:31.:13:38.

everything. But now they will go away thinking, we gave away so many

:13:38.:13:47.

sloppy errors. If you look at the start of the first half and second

:13:47.:13:53.

half, it is so not like us. The other thing is, we normally close

:13:53.:14:00.

down teams as a unit. But in the first game, we played too deep as a

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back four. Then your midfield is stretched and you are playing

:14:04.:14:08.

against three in the middle of the park. Then there midfield has a

:14:08.:14:13.

helluva a long way to go and support the front two, so we were

:14:13.:14:17.

disjointed and spread out. It was crucial that the Republic put in a

:14:17.:14:21.

much better second half performance as they leave this tournament and

:14:21.:14:26.

focus on the World Cup qualifiers the 2014. Keith Andrews had a mixed

:14:26.:14:31.

second half, but he fought a good save from Buffon. This was typical.

:14:31.:14:36.

Three of our lads react to it. One Italian defender, and where does

:14:36.:14:40.

the ball fall? In fairness to the Italian defender, that was

:14:40.:14:43.

tremendous defending. How many times do you seek defenders

:14:43.:14:47.

isolated and not going in to protect the goalkeeper? Well, this

:14:47.:14:52.

time the defender got there first. It was fantastic defending. It was,

:14:52.:14:58.

but pleasing from our point of view to see three of our lads react.

:14:58.:15:03.

was unfortunate for Keith, because his tournament ends now. We didn't

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see the incident, but here was the second yellow card. There was

:15:07.:15:15.

nothing in that. It is his reaction. That is a bit harsh from the

:15:15.:15:20.

referee. The referee has not been too bad during this tournament.

:15:20.:15:26.

letter of the law says that he probably should. But he is totally

:15:26.:15:32.

frustrated. His reaction got him the second yellow card. That sums

:15:32.:15:38.

up the first three games. That is the way it has gone for the

:15:38.:15:48.
:15:48.:15:52.

improved second half performance, they conceded a second goal. This

:15:52.:16:01.

was a magnificent goal. You can take nothing away from that finish.

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We said at half-time that at set pieces... And they have been done

:16:06.:16:16.
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by another set piece. It is a great folly but when he looks that, he

:16:19.:16:26.

should not get beaten. He should be half a yard in front of him. Pot --

:16:26.:16:32.

disappointing. Let's get some reaction from the Republic of

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Ireland camp. Robbie Keane. An incredible reception from the

:16:41.:16:49.

fans once again. Yes, the last three games they have been

:16:49.:16:53.

fantastic. We did not perform as well as we know we can and we did

:16:53.:16:59.

not get the results, but if anybody deserves if it is them. Perhaps we

:16:59.:17:04.

should have got a result? I think we played well tonight but we did

:17:04.:17:09.

not really get too many chances. Obviously disappointing that we did

:17:09.:17:13.

not get anything out of the group and the players are disappointed

:17:13.:17:21.

but we have been be -- beaten by better team is. Set pieces again?

:17:21.:17:28.

Yes, that has been the same for the last few games. In previous games

:17:28.:17:33.

we were quite solid in that department. Is it the end of the

:17:33.:17:40.

road for some of the players? will have to see.

:17:40.:17:48.

He could be on his way. Could we see him in the Republic of Ireland

:17:48.:17:54.

shirt again in a major tournament? He is big pals with Richard and I

:17:54.:18:04.

hope the two of them don't go together, O'Shea and Shay Given as

:18:04.:18:12.

well. That is five of them out of the starting 11. If it is, it would

:18:12.:18:17.

be a shame for the likes of Damien Duff and Shay Given and Robbie

:18:17.:18:22.

Keane. I have been fantastic and given everything to their country.

:18:22.:18:27.

To bow out on a game and a tournament where it has not gone as

:18:27.:18:31.

expected for them, it would be a shame, but no surprise. Definitely

:18:31.:18:37.

the end of an era. Let's see how events unfolded in Gdansk because

:18:37.:18:47.
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Spain against Croatia was watched by mark Brotherton and its -- Simon

:18:49.:18:59.
:18:59.:19:32.

impressive. Beautifully done by a long slow. -- Xabi Alonso. Him he

:19:32.:19:35.

was trying to drive back as hard as he could and hopefully it would

:19:35.:19:45.
:19:45.:19:55.

hallmarks of the Spanish game. Ramos. First shot on target comes

:19:55.:20:05.
:20:05.:20:28.

easy stopped. The -- stop. Beautiful movement from Mandzukic,

:20:28.:20:35.

got the better of Ramos. He is taking some stopping here, and

:20:35.:20:44.

Ramos went diving in. I thought that was a foul. It was right under

:20:44.:20:50.

the nose of the additional assistant behind the goal. Anywhere

:20:50.:21:00.
:21:00.:21:01.

else on the pitch I would say that would be a foul. Here is in

:21:01.:21:11.
:21:11.:21:31.

Leicester -- in Leicester for Spain. possession. Beautifully done there.

:21:31.:21:41.
:21:41.:21:42.

Mandzukic into the centre. Rakitic! Saved by Casillas and away by a

:21:43.:21:52.
:21:53.:21:57.

Xabi Alonso. Great ball by Modric. Anywhere down for a cross and the

:21:57.:22:07.
:22:07.:22:10.

goal -- or across the goal. What a chance. Her Xavi making himself

:22:10.:22:18.

available, as he always does, at the earliest opportunity.

:22:18.:22:28.
:22:28.:22:36.

Schildenfeld able to make the block. Again it is to one of the central

:22:36.:22:43.

defenders, this time Pique, who is down and holding his head. It does

:22:43.:22:47.

not quite reached Silva Because Schildenfeld puts himself in the

:22:47.:22:56.

right place at the right time. is an excellent delivery towards

:22:56.:23:06.

the near post. If the referee sees that, that is a red. Croatia

:23:06.:23:10.

looking for that one chance that could swing the game around

:23:10.:23:12.

completely, and then mack is the man who could be the provider of

:23:13.:23:22.
:23:23.:23:27.

that opportunity. -- there is. False to Vega and the save made by

:23:27.:23:37.
:23:37.:23:44.

Casillas. -- it falls to Domagoj Vida. The blue shirt flooding

:23:44.:23:52.

forward. -- blue shirts. It fell to the right man, -- wrong man, didn't

:23:52.:24:02.
:24:02.:24:06.

it? They are taking a chance now, Croatia. In Leicester for saying

:24:06.:24:16.
:24:16.:24:35.

the stop from Pletikosa. -- Iniesta stays down. Spain are going through

:24:35.:24:41.

to the quarter-finals. Finally the deadlock is broken. Croatia

:24:41.:24:48.

suddenly have an awful lot to do and not much time to do it in.

:24:48.:24:58.
:24:58.:25:01.

Iniesta was not offside. Finally Spain pick the lock.

:25:01.:25:07.

Spain are through with Italy but it was nervy stuff. Let's reflect more

:25:07.:25:17.
:25:17.:25:21.

about the Republic of Ireland's For the tournament, from a neutral

:25:21.:25:29.

perspective, the two sides you would want to see have gone through.

:25:29.:25:34.

Yes, although it ended up being a really nervous end, especially for

:25:34.:25:40.

Italy. For the Irish point of view, three games and three defeats.

:25:40.:25:50.
:25:50.:25:53.

There is pressure on Trapattoni. Should -- be? -- should there be?

:25:53.:25:57.

They have come here and come up against better opposition and they

:25:57.:26:01.

have been punished for it. I think we were competing against teams we

:26:01.:26:09.

could not really cope with. We had some bad luck, some if the goals.

:26:09.:26:13.

Whether Trapattoni goes ball stays, now is the natural time for there

:26:13.:26:17.

to be some evolution in the squad. Clearly some of these guys are not

:26:17.:26:23.

likely to be around for two, four years. No, Robbie Keane, Damien

:26:24.:26:32.

Duff, Shay Given, they are the ones, and they might say they have had

:26:32.:26:37.

enough. If it is Giovanni, I hope he has that desire and ambition to

:26:37.:26:41.

build a new team because he has made a success by getting us here.

:26:41.:26:48.

But it has been asked -- a disappointment here.

:26:48.:26:52.

Obviously Trapattoni has signed up for the World Cup qualifiers. Do

:26:52.:26:57.

you expect him to fulfil those fixtures? I would expect so. I

:26:57.:27:07.
:27:07.:27:08.

think he would see that there is enough young talent coming through.

:27:08.:27:13.

There is and nucleus to build on and I hope he does. He has done a

:27:13.:27:18.

wonderful job in the qualifiers but we need to push on with the younger

:27:18.:27:23.

talent. Looking at the teams they will have to compete against,

:27:23.:27:27.

Germany, Sweden, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan, a major

:27:27.:27:32.

challenge. It will always be a major challenge for Ireland. Four

:27:32.:27:37.

us to qualify for it honoured is a magnificent achievement. You can't

:27:37.:27:44.

take anything away from that. After that, anything is a bonus. They

:27:44.:27:47.

have been brilliant to come here but they have just come up against

:27:47.:27:53.

better opposition and I have to say, we could have done better, but they

:27:53.:27:59.

did great there to get here. have to do -- leave it there. Thank

:27:59.:28:05.

you for your company. The Irish go home after a much improved

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Manish Bhasin introduces live Euro 2012 coverage as the final round of Group C matches gets underway. Tonight's featured game is expected to be Italy against the Republic of Ireland, although results in previous matches could mean that Croatia versus Spain is shown instead.

It will be a special occasion for Ireland's coach Giovanni Trapattoni, a managerial legend in Italy, who had a four-year spell as coach of the Azzurri. The Irish will begin as underdogs but will take heart from their friendly win against the Italians last summer. And those with longer memories will recall Ray Houghton's famous winner against Italy at the 1994 World Cup.

Four-times World Cup winners, Italy have only lifted the European Championship once, although they came desperately close to a second title in 2000, losing in the final to France. Cesare Prandelli has replaced Marcello Lippi as Italy coach following the disappointing World Cup campaign, and has earned praise for adopting a more attacking approach. Defensively, however, they remain a tough nut to crack, with Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon still as formidable an obstacle as ever.


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