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Hello. As the midnight hour approaches, the English men,

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Scott's men and Irishmen are here to peruse the second round of games

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in Group C. The action tonight is The Republic of Ireland take on

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world and European champions Spain needing least the point to stay in

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the Euros. Then we will see how Italy fed in the other Group C game

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against Croatia. We have the latest from the England camp ahead of

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their game against Sweden. And we've been with some fanatical

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Swedish supporters gauging their The Republic of Ireland's Green

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Army travelled to Poland down but not out and needing every bit of

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spirit, luck and inspiration to avoid being the first nation to be

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officially knocked out of Euro 2012. Defeat against the Spanish in

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Gdansk, whatever the result of the earlier game, and they are out.

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Trapattoni's men have a mountain to claim -- climb following their 3-1

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defeat against Croatia. They will need more than a minor miracle to

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reach the knockout stages, but this is football and anything can happen.

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As for world and European champions Spain, they never reached Top gear

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against Italy, playing without a striker. Fabregas's goal earn

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themselves a point. The Irish will with the Spanish in the World Cup,

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it is Ireland against Spain again in a match Ireland must not lose.

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If they do, Giovanni Trapattoni's side would be the first eliminated

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from this European Championship. A draw would be fantastic. A win

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would arguably be the nation's rather than Cesc Fabregas, who had

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been troubled by us or five. Since scoring the winner in 2008, Torres

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has scored in only two competitive internationals for his country,

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against New Zealand and Liechtenstein. I wonder whether the

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Irish defence would rather play against the centre forward in

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Torres or rather than the Phantom menace of Fabregas. The refereed in

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the Baltic Arena in Gdansk is from Portugal. He took charge of

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makes way and Simon Cox comes into the 11th. They will need to improve

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immeasurably on the performance against Croatia when they are

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renowned defensive qualities to right, in green and white, Spain

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ranks. A fair bit of experience in the Irish ranks as well, but four

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of the most capped players in Spain's entire history are on the

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The pitch must be greasy, it has been raining for a good while.

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Don't need to make an early mistake. A free-kick for the Irish. They

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don't like this pitch. They did not have many complimentary things to

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say about it after playing Italy. - It did not look that difficult for

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the goalkeeper to deal with. agree. He made a meal of it. He did

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back in the last couple of days as green and red have mingled. --

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Gdansk. A bumper couple of days for He scores! Three minutes and 50

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seconds, Ireland are behind. It was the pass from Iniesta initially, he

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split the defence. Then it looks like they cleared it. But they

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don't Clairette. What about this for a finish. You don't get past

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Shay Given very easily, that was a pile-driver. He was lightning quick,

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Fernando Torres. No hesitation about the shot. He worked the room

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and hammered it into the roof of the net. So quick to respond,

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Torres. Amazing how quickly it went past Shay Given. He can't get his

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difficulties on the edge of their just an amazing move. It is a

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beautiful mood. Great pass to the far post. Having just scored one,

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you fancy him to put that away. that kind of difference. --

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front of Shay Given. He looked to have recovered and then made it

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hard work. It just skipped up. I think that sums up the feeling. It

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has gone really quiet. They have John O'Shea. They are throwing

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everything at it. Spain are murdering Ireland with the ball at

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the moment, but it is still only 1- that corner by Spain. Silva

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flattened and it will be a card. Take it for the team. Half-time and

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some respite is just a few seconds away. But this is no time to think

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the last whistle of the half and the last action of a half. Shay

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Given denied Iniesta. It has been one-way traffic pretty much

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did not fancy hitting it first time on his left foot. He has never

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scored for Spain. A good opportunity for him. He just passed

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it straight at Shay Given. He should have hit it with a bit of

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probably that. Three minutes into the first half it was Torres, three

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minutes into the second half it was David Silva. It is 2-0. It is the

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initial shot that is punched out, it has gone straight to David Silva

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and he has side-footed it into the net for top I think that his game

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over. Even the first one, he was unsighted. That is a great finish

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from David Silva. He has passed it into the bottom corner. He just

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weaved it through three defenders and past the goalkeeper. He has

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surely put this game out of has gone through Richard Dunne's

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legs, he did not see it until late. did not make something more of this.

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Tried to pick somebody out but not far away. There's a few of the

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lads... It is a demoralising Keane has gone from one side of the

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pitch to the other. He has put a real shift in, but never ever

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anywhere near the ball in terms of everybody else, but in football

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terms, they have evolved into a Torres. It is three-0. Two for

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he made a mess of it at that point. No such thing. Buried it in the

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bottom corner, a great finish. No chance for Shay Given. Since the

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2009 Confederations Cup, Fernando Torres had scored all of five

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international goals, but he has Casillas. He gets half a chance, he

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has hit the target, he has made the care Cassius make a good save. --

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Given. Every time they have a shot, there are four defenders in front

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of it, and a couple of strikers. is four. Cesc Fabregas. Was there

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some suggestion he had a sore thigh? He left that it. -- he

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leathered it. That is a fabulous goal, well-worked, and it is a

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great strike. Having just denied Santi Cazorla, Shay Given is beaten

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by Cesc Fabregas. He has scored in each of Spain's games in this

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tournament, and nobody can argue that this flatters Spain. I feel

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for them, they will be so disappointed with their performance,

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that they have not created too much. They have been well beaten, but

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they have put in such a shift. They have kept it to four, it could have

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been more. Spain settled at four. That is the end for Ireland. One

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more game to play, but no chance of qualification now. Fernando Torres

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back amongst the goals for his country. Two tonight. David Silva

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with a cute second just after half- time. Cesc Fabregas with a blasted

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forth just after the end. -- just before the end. They could have

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been more. Spain were worthy winners, no medicine performance.

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Magnificent support from Ireland. A harsh lesson for Ireland and

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Irish football. Yes, of course, they of the world champions, and

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they are the world champions for a reason. They pulled a support on a

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few occasions. You were on great form coming into the tournament,

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why have you not been able to transfer that into tournament play?

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It is even tougher than the World Cup, you have a team like Saudi

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Arabia or New Zealand, but when you get to this stage of the European

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Championship, it is the elite teams. Spain showed how good they are.

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Could Ireland have done more? Do you just say Spain are a great

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team? After three minutes, when we conceded a goal, they were already

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superior technically, and it was too difficult, conceding a goal

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this easy, also against Croatia. We have to clarify why. Why have I

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learned not been able to make an impact that your form suggested you

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might? We were on a good run. Sometimes, things do not go as well

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as you hope. It is not for a lack of trying or preparation. We have

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just been beaten on two nights. A bit unlucky on the first night, but

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tonight, the have to take it on the Itchen. They are the best side I

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have ever played against. You have to give them credit, but at the

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same time, we have not made it easy for ourselves. We went 1-0 down

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very early on. When they can keep the ball like that, it would always

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be tough. Is it time to start bringing in some Dexter's? Possibly.

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You have to start asking the manager that. We have enjoyed

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getting here, but we have not enjoyed the last two results.

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used still keen to be part of the World Cup qualifying campaign?

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is a bit sooner. I will decide in a few weeks. But it is time that some

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more players were brought him. There is no point glossing over it,

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we have all come to the same conclusion, it was the referee's

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fault! We were totally outclassed. They showed tonight how Spain

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really are. We did not help ourselves, we make mistakes, but in

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the end, they were far superior. Four hearts of football, and they

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have conceded a goal in the first four minutes of each of those

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Hearts. It has been well-documented, against Croatia, they lost bad

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goals at bad times. But I do not think Croatia are a good side.

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Against that the Spanish -- against the Spanish, probably one of the

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best sides ever in possession, if you are not resolute, reliable and

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together, you are in trouble. Initially, the first couple of

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minutes, the shape it was fine, but for the call come up in the first

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four minute, they made elementary You cannot afford to do it. The

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sheikh is fine, but when they play it and it comes back to Andres

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Iniesta, when he picks it up, in this position, you have got to make

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sure that he plays it to the wind to Alvaro Arbeloa. You cannot

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afford to let him play it between the centre-backs, because... Sean

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St Ledger steps to the right, and if he steps to the left, he cuts

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out the past. But again, it is a simple mistake. He should hold his

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position and moved to his left. This is the second one. A simple

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pass to John O'Shea, he ignores it, he tries to force the pass, and we

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are in trouble. The Spanish get good possession, Xavi to Andres

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Iniesta. Shay Given will be very disappointed with that. Then, look

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at it, he passes it into the corner. People will talk about Chelsea

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against Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but when Chelsea were playing to

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those defensive lines, they have got really good players. If you are

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being brutally honest, he tried to do that with average players... One

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or two of them are Championship players. Spain, if possible, outdid

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themselves tonight. They say that statistics do not live. This is

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sensational. 929 attempted passes, a European Championships recorder.

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-- record. It is no shame for the Irish. What about the performance

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from Xavi? He is an astonishing player. His statistics are

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phenomenal. Two records broken tonight. He ran the show. They were

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unbelievably good tonight. It is not very sexy to look at the

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numbers, so let's look at the action. This is typical of Spain.

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They pass it. This is where the pass rate goes up, simple passes.

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All the time, as the opposition, you're having to work and

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concentrate, and that is tiring. Fantastic technique. It is almost

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like a Rolls-Royce engine. You have to receive the ball and making

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ankle. In fact, they have got the extra X Factor of quality like

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Andres Iniesta. Little moments. You press them, you think you can get

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after it, no, they go the other side. All of the time, you are

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having to work. The concentration is the key. They are pressing

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Ireland. In the end, they are on the counter. There is not any other

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team that plays as well as this, other than Barcelona. It is the

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type of football that is really an doing teams who have not got great

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quality. They did that tonight. is a joy to watch. You can be

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critical of the Irish and say they never got tight enough, but they

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kept on going and pressing. But when you are playing against that,

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it is so hard. It is soul- destroying when you do not have the

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ball. The control and the technique, it is sensational. What they have

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taken in the way they play, the percentage of winning the game,

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they have taken that and put it. They say, we will control the game

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from start to finish. You will not get enough chances to score.

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Ireland had three or four set pieces the whole game. It is very

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difficult. It is a bit of a Celtic mantra that we know, we do not like

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saying it, we showed a lot of spirit, we chased everything down.

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But Robbie Keane exemplified not dropping his head and keeping going

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until the minute he was off the pitch. He led by example. He made a

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run earlier on. Simon Cox did not get his head up early enough. He

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tried to bend his run again. Here, a free kick. If Glenn Whelan looks

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at it, Robbie Keane is down the side of Alvaro Arbeloa. He is too

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interested in marking Aiden McGeady. Robbie Keane is spinning into the

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Channel. This is Robbie Keane, he is chasing across the pitch. He

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goes again. I'd used to do that when I was covering for you! He is

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right. This is Robbie Keane's chance. It is no coincidence he has

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scored 53 goals. He is at the edge of the box, and he hits a lovely

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strike. It was a captain's performance, because his team were

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getting hammered, and he kept going. He showed such a big heart. A quick

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shower tap for the fans. They were singing for eight minutes solid.

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For the sake of this tournament, of their teams that can get at the

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Spanish side? They were not tested at the back. Surely, Germany can

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challenge them? It has been well- documented, the middle of the

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Parker sensational. Up front, Fernando Torres, he took the first

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goal well. The second goal, it was great. Perhaps a bad touch, but he

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took it well. His general performance was not that great. At

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the other end, defensively, you can get at them. But on that sort of

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performance, it reminds you that it will take a special team to beat

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them. Giovanni Trapattoni got them there in the first place, which is

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a good feet. Is predictable the criticism you could make of them?

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He named his team the week before, he plays the same tactics every

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game. That is what he has done from the outset. But you are playing

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double champions, you have got to show them the respect they deserve,

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especially with the bid failed they have got. For tonight, we should

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have gone with five at the back or five in the middle. They have --

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they could have played the whole squad! The Irish are gone. Now, to

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Poznan. The other game in Group C, both Italy and Croatia were buoyant

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after their first games, but that could change too easily.

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Big tournament players Italy again showed their pedigree in their

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opener against Spain, as they earned a point. Antonio di Natale

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was the golden boy, and they will be full of confidence. Hats off to

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Slaven Bilic. He was delighted with the win over Ireland, crucial goals

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at crucial times. Rich in the quarter-finals is a real

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possibility, as long as Luka Modric keeps pulling the strings and Nicky

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judo the pitch and Mario Mandzukic much for Croatia. Amid a troubling

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backdrop of corruption allegations in their domestic game, Italy's

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players performed better than some anticipated in their opening draw

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against the Spanish. The talking point for the Italians was whether

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Balotelli would keep his place. The answer is yes, with Antonio Di

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Natale named amongst the substitutes once more. De Rossi

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continues in a makeshift central defensive role in an unchanged

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line-up. The familiar face in the centre, refereeing the game, Howard

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Webb. His second game of the tournament having taken charge of

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Russia's 4-1 winner over the Czech Republic. Slaven Bilic will look

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for more of the same after his team's impressive showing it is

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Ireland. Not surprisingly, Croatia are unchanged with Captain Darijo

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Srna on the right and a highly sought-after Tottenham midfielder

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Luka Modric likely to be the key orchestrators. The two forwards

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have started the tournament really well. Mandzukic got two goals on

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Sunday and Jelavic helped himself Balotelli. A super turn. Balotelli

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with a neat touch. A little shimmy. Very unlucky. First time I've been

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to a match at these European Championships with empty seats in

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fluidity about some of Italy's shot in. Marchisio! What a shot.

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Excellent play from Italy, counter- attacking football. This was the

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shot. Balotelli with a really good opportunity. He did not shift the

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ball far enough, he did not make a good angle. Croatia are keen to get

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He did. Balotelli! It didn't quite fall for Marchisio. I'm not sure if

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he would have been offside. A straight shot. It is hit with power.

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You would expect any keeper to deal with that. Two good passing sides.

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Croatia in the last five years, at the end of a calendar year, not

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outside of FIFA's top 10 in the world ranking. Howard Webb has a

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little look... He has given it the other way. The assistant has given

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it the other way. The coming together. I think the assistant has

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got it spot on. Chiellini and that in. Srna delivers an excellent

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ball to the near post. Just a touch and it is in. Slaven Bilic, his

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first touch -- match in charge of Croatia's six years ago was against

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creaking of it. Just let the ball watch, he makes it look so easy. --

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Pirlo. Flicking it into the space, Chiellini was well forward.

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Balotelli, free-kick. Well, I thought we would see the opening

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goal there. Excellent ball, a lovely touch. Marchisio was in a

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good position. A great save. Pletikosa. Pirlo can do some damage

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with the ball at his feet from that sort of distance. It is 1-0! The

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midfield metronome scores with a superb finish. That is how you take

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a free-kick. Super strike. He misses the wall. Sometimes you have

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to give credit. It just went over the wall, the goalkeeper was in a

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good position. He can't quite get them back. Super place on it as

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well and it was dipping. Super What is it about them? They always

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seem to play well when they have a large amount of problems at home.

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Corruption allegations. They were up against it going into the book

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up in Germany in 2006 and they won the thing. -- the World Cup in

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Germany. That wasn't far away from Cassano! I think Cassano and

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Bonucci almost collided with each to prise open this Italian defence?

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Modric could be the man to provide it. Buffon had about half an hour

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to wait for the ball to arrive! Better play from Croatia. Modric

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to the second half. Modric has been involved in the game a lot more.

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Playing his game further up the park. Counter-attacking football.

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Croatia have got a good record against Italy. They have won three

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of five meetings since independence, drawing the other two. Balotelli!

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What a shot. He says somebody got a touch. A little bit better from

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 44 seconds

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into the left-back position. -- goal of the tournament already. You

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sense the goal might have been coming. Mario Mandzukic. Right in

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the middle of the screen, this is onside. Chiellini missed the ball.

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He completely mistimed it. For a centre-back, that is woeful. A good

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touch into his path. There you go, 1-1. He got two against Ireland and

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then this one. Third goal of the the challenge from Mandzukic.

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are all working hard now, Croatia. 15 minutes to go, all to play for

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between these two asides. -- two sides. Pletikosa was not taking any

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chances. Italy have been reduced to duck -- just a couple of chances in

:39:46.:39:56.
:39:56.:40:00.

the second half. A decent effort no free kick for the challenge on

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Bonucci. Could be a chance for a late winner. Eduardo can't find the

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pass. Niko Kranjcar was next to him and if he had slipped it to him, he

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might have been put back in. Buffon keeps it interesting by letting the

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ball go momentarily. Howard Webb blows the final whistle

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in Poznan. Honours even, stalemate. A promising start from Italy, they

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looked comfortable at 1-0 up at half-time, but they couldn't build

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on it and the second half. Pirlo's free-kick gave them the lead and

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Mandzukic, with his third goal of the tournament, equalised for

:40:46.:40:56.
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Croatia, who improved in the second Simmering to a boil. Spain and

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Croatia are on four Point. -- four Bass-playing and Croatia draw

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coupled with in Italy victory means all three will finish on five

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points. -- A Spain and Croatia draw. Both file Group C games are live on

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Alan Hansen is pointing at me. you explain that again? No. If they

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finish on even points, it is unbelievable what you have to go

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down too. And you have to explain it live on TV on Monday. I thought

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Pirlo in the first game rolled back the years and he picked up where he

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left off. We talk about the Spanish in possession, but Pirlo has

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undoubted quality. He played well in the first game. Today in the

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first half I thought he was exceptional. Eventually he got a

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exceptional. Eventually he got a goal. There was a huge debate about

:42:29.:42:33.

the free-kick leading up to the goal. A great free-kick, but how

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many times have we seen this, but a dark a fantastic bought into

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Balotelli. That ball. A great pass, inch-perfect. This is the debate.

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This happened in the 35th a minute. Cassano comes in and there's a

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collision between two Croatian players. A summer has done nothing

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wrong, but Howard Webb decides to give the Croatians are free kick.

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Two minutes later, Balotelli comes in and I don't think... His there

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anything in that? That is really soft. I think referees sometimes

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have that in their mind. You can't argue with a free-kick, it was

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sensational. Wonderful ability. First free-kick in the Euros since

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2004. That is an amazing stat. was a beauty. We haven't had many

:43:37.:43:44.

goals outside of the box. Now we have had van Persie. We haven't

:43:44.:43:54.
:43:54.:43:56.

have a - we haven't had a polluter had a period of dominance in the

:43:56.:43:59.

first half, but it was maybe what we did not see at half-time that

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was the deciding factor. If you're coming up against the Italians,

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tactical geniuses apparently, but Bill which has pulled out his own

:44:08.:44:14.

tactical move today. He put Mandaric -- Mandzukic on the right,

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Modric went forward. In the second half when they came out, they went

:44:18.:44:21.

on the front foot and they started to dictate. Modric in particular

:44:21.:44:31.
:44:31.:44:36.

started getting into those little He catches this one properly. He is

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further forward that he was in the first half. He uses the decoy to

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come inside, and he hit that shot many times. The two strikers

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pulling them apart. They are striking -- they are starting to

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control the game. The Italians were all at sea. As a coach, on the

:44:58.:45:08.
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sideline,... It is a great finish. You have kept Giorgio Chiellini,

:45:11.:45:21.
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his position is stronger. What does he do? He gets sucked in. A great

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touch from Mario Mandzukic. He has only had four shots on target, and

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he has scored three goals. On Monday, a team is going out of the

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tournament that is at least good. Slaven Bilic has have thought the

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Italians. That is who Spain play on the last day. This is his last

:45:47.:45:54.

tournament as the national manager. He is having a good show. There are

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two good sides going at it. One of these teams could be a potential

:45:59.:46:05.

semi-finalist. The Spaniards will beat Croatia, and the Italians will

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be the Irish. They will go through. Your favourite team, the Croatians,

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will go out. I tipped Germany! called them a good side, but they

:46:18.:46:25.

are ordinary. But to -- but for Croatia to get a result against

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Spain, that would not be a giant- killing act. They are ranked eighth

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in the world. Croatia, they have two a bit centre-forwards, Spain,

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they are offended against Italy, you think, if Croatia get crosses

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into the box, who knows? Italians played so well in the

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first half, but in the second half, the Italian mentality was amazing.

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It is hereditary! We have the European Championships

:47:01.:47:11.
:47:11.:47:11.

We have so many ways to stay in touch with Euro 2012. All of our

:47:12.:47:17.

matches are live on the BBC Sport website, including both semi-finals

:47:17.:47:24.

and the big one. There are highlights online as well. You can

:47:24.:47:29.

keep up-to-date with all of the action on your mobile. Wherever you

:47:29.:47:33.

are, do not miss a minute of the action with commentary from Radio 5

:47:33.:47:39.

Live. Hit the red button for all of the extras and re-runs from all of

:47:39.:47:45.

the games. Catch up through the iPlayer on all of our coverage and

:47:45.:47:50.

highlights shows. The BBC is the place to be on TV, on radio and

:47:50.:47:56.

online. All of those places, you will not

:47:56.:48:02.

miss the second of England against Sweden tomorrow.

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We are in Kiev for England's second game, against Sweden. Blue and

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yellow seeds, 18,000 Sweden fans in town, compared to 5000 England fans.

:48:15.:48:21.

They will have to make a lot of noise. It is a lot colder than

:48:21.:48:27.

Donetsk, and a lot less humid. We heard earlier from Roy Hodgson and

:48:27.:48:31.

Steven Gerrard. We have not decided on the team yet.

:48:31.:48:36.

We have got a training session tonight, which will be important,

:48:36.:48:41.

in my decision-making. I was happy with the style, we played well

:48:41.:48:47.

against France. Certain aspects were good. We must maintain that.

:48:47.:48:52.

If we are going to win matches, we have to continue to work hard on

:48:52.:48:58.

the attacking side of our game and to maximise the counter-attacking

:48:58.:49:03.

opportunities, to take advantage to the full. Sweden are a strong team,

:49:03.:49:08.

but they are not France. We can be a bit bolder and more ambitious and

:49:08.:49:13.

get at them a bit more. We are confident, if we reach the same

:49:13.:49:19.

level of performance, we can win. In Zlatan Ibrahim of rich, they

:49:19.:49:25.

have a world-class talent. That is what makes them such a difficult a

:49:25.:49:30.

poet, and that is why take are always present in the big

:49:30.:49:34.

tournaments, and take of recorded as a major programme for whoever

:49:34.:49:39.

comes across them. We have watched videos, we will watch more videos,

:49:39.:49:44.

so we will be well prepared, but he is not the only good player.

:49:44.:49:48.

England's trouble in retaining possession it is the age-old

:49:48.:49:53.

possession -- issue of technical ability. But this was the manager's

:49:53.:50:03.
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response. I do not think we are lagging behind. Kiev's favourite

:50:05.:50:09.

son managed to overpower the Swedish defence twice on his own,

:50:09.:50:12.

so there is a growing feeling that Andy Carroll might get the nod from

:50:12.:50:20.

Roy Hodgson. One person guaranteed his place is Joe Hart. He does not

:50:20.:50:25.

carry any of the package of his failings against Sweden. History is

:50:25.:50:31.

history. It has been and gone. We to not going to be gained 2-0 down

:50:31.:50:36.

because of previous results. -- we do not go into the game could 0

:50:36.:50:41.

down. We all know that England have not beaten Sweden in seven

:50:41.:50:45.

competitive attempts. Roy Hodgson brings a better record, he has

:50:45.:50:52.

faced them three-times with Sweden and once with Finland, two wins,

:50:52.:51:02.
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Gary Lineker is already in make-up, Let's play fantasy manager, 19

:51:27.:51:32.

hours and 29 minutes before the big clash, what changes do you make us

:51:32.:51:37.

on the starting 11 in the first game? We listened to the press

:51:37.:51:41.

conference, the criticism of their lack of flair and penetration is

:51:41.:51:47.

hurting him. He will go with two strikers, Andy Carroll and Danny

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Welbeck, or perhaps a Jermain Defoe and Danny Welbeck. That will give

:51:54.:52:00.

us more attacking flair. Andy Carroll or Jermain Defoe? Andy

:52:00.:52:04.

Carroll, his presence will cause the Swedish centre-halves some

:52:04.:52:10.

issues. I would agree. I do not think Roy Hodgson would throw

:52:10.:52:15.

caution to the wind. I would have a go at them. Andriy Shevchenko got a

:52:15.:52:21.

couple of goals. A bit of movement against a static defence, Andy

:52:21.:52:26.

Carroll could do well against the centre defence. I know what you

:52:26.:52:36.
:52:36.:52:37.

The danger is always in front of the central defender, he does not

:52:37.:52:43.

spot the danger. You have got to be on your toes. Then, he goes on his

:52:43.:52:49.

heels. Andriy Shevchenko takes advantage. The danger is always in

:52:49.:52:54.

front of him. He should have seen it, he should have closed down the

:52:54.:52:59.

space early. This is dangerous, having different man in such an

:52:59.:53:05.

important position. -- having a front man. He has got a lovely

:53:05.:53:09.

header, but what is he doing on the goal line? Andy Carroll came into

:53:09.:53:19.

good form. He - Chelsea up, when he got the start in the league game.

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He is on defendable, when the delivery is right. -- he is not

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defendable. Towards the end of the season, he was getting fitter,

:53:28.:53:33.

stronger, better. He gave Chelsea such a hard time, he was almost

:53:33.:53:38.

unplayable. One thing I have noticed about Roy Hodgson, it seems

:53:38.:53:44.

to be simpler, easier, round pegs in round holes. With Fabio Capello,

:53:44.:53:50.

it was about people being in the wrong position. Is that a good

:53:50.:53:58.

thing? Sometimes, you have got to come up with something to break

:53:58.:54:04.

down the opposition, and playing a wide foot on the left or having a

:54:04.:54:09.

player coming inside can make the difference. It can be an

:54:09.:54:14.

alternative, it can make you look like you have more flair. We look

:54:14.:54:19.

like round pegs in round holes with not too much going on. But there

:54:19.:54:22.

was no think in this Wigan against Ukraine match that you would be

:54:22.:54:30.

frightened. -- nothing in the Sweden against Ukraine matches.

:54:30.:54:38.

We have visited a Swedish Fantasy This is a footbridge over the river.

:54:38.:54:44.

Behind us, Kiev. In front of us, the island which has been renamed

:54:44.:54:53.

after Sweden, because you will find thousands of Swedish people. There

:54:53.:54:57.

are more Swedish supporters campaigned on this island that

:54:57.:55:02.

England fans who went to the first game against France. 5000 of them

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in total. They are enjoying the good life by the banks of the river.

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Explain to us the basis of this. As many Swedish people in one space as

:55:15.:55:21.

possible? That is it. As many people as possible, give us beer,

:55:21.:55:26.

and bars were the, that is all. a football tournament as well!

:55:26.:55:33.

course! The plan is to support the national team. The whole idea, the

:55:33.:55:39.

Swedish supporters, it is a social function cannot we have nice

:55:39.:55:45.

holidays, but the most important is to bring three points in the game.

:55:45.:55:50.

It is not exactly five Star, but they have thought of everything,

:55:50.:55:57.

toilet, beer, fishing, there is a horse, and there is a concert venue,

:55:57.:56:03.

for when the occasional Swedish superstar pops down. Ireland and

:56:03.:56:07.

5000 friends is a good basis for any party, but if you want a ticket

:56:07.:56:15.

to the next level, you get out the tank! Here in Kiev, as long as you

:56:15.:56:20.

wear a yellow shirt, it is as though you have known each other

:56:20.:56:27.

for 15 years. That feeling, it is the best. If we did not know each

:56:27.:56:34.

other at home, we would not speak to each other in an elevator.

:56:34.:56:41.

people are coming to, they say, it is the best feeling in my whole

:56:41.:56:46.

life, up I love it, Bankia. Plot of people will think, you are on the

:56:46.:56:51.

dream holiday -- lots of people. You are with your mates, slipping

:56:51.:56:55.

on the beach, watching football. Spot-on!

:56:55.:57:02.

He is the only man who could go there and only interview meant! --

:57:02.:57:12.
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meant! The key area is the central midfield. Sebastian Larsson,

:57:15.:57:22.

quality on set plays. You have a Swedish wife. Separate rooms! She

:57:22.:57:30.

screams too loud! Move on! Very quickly, England are better on

:57:30.:57:35.

paper, but we have been here before. Paper means nothing, but if England

:57:35.:57:45.
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play well, they win. The Spanish put on a masterclass,

:57:48.:57:52.

hitting four passed the Irish, and the Green army are the first to

:57:52.:57:57.

crash out. Andrea Pirlo's pearler turned the

:57:57.:58:04.

air blue, but Mario Mandzukic was the man again.

:58:04.:58:09.

Daniele de Rossi has Lee Dixon's tackle on his leg.

:58:09.:58:16.

Mick McCarthy says what he sees on the, to box. -- from the commentary

:58:16.:58:26.
:58:26.:58:26.

Alan Hansen stays up later that he has for almost two decades. Letter,

:58:26.:58:32.

England against Sweden live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 Live -- later.

:58:32.:58:40.

Have a good evening. You of the last line of defence.

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:58:50.:58:52.

Colin Murray introduces highlights of the Republic of Ireland's clash with world champions Spain, a match the whole country had been waiting for since the draw was made last December. The Spanish were the last country to knock Ireland out of a competitive tournament, as Jose Antonio Camacho's men got the better of Mick McCarthy's brave side on penalties in the last 16 of the 2002 World Cup finals. Could Giovanni Trapattoni guide the Irish to sweet revenge?


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