Euro 2012

Classy Croatia beat Ireland

2012-06-11 07:19
Mario Mandzukic (Gallo)

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 Sunday.

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 progressing.

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