Poznan - Croatia made a flying start to Uefa Euro 2012™ after pouncing
on sloppy defending to beat Ireland 3-1 in their Group C opener on
A unlucky Given own goal at the start of the second half effectively
ended Ireland's chances and put Croatia top of Group C after Spain and
Italy drew 1-1 earlier in Gdansk.
"Unlike us," he said. "We are usually pretty tight. We knew in the
second half we had to come out. The next goal was going to be important
and they got it.
Ireland fought on but the task looked too much for them and they must
now beat at least one of Spain or Italy to have any chance of