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FT Italy 2 – 0 Republic of Ireland

FT Italy 2 – 0 Republic of Ireland

So it’s all change for Italy. Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Federico Balzaretti, Antonio Di Natale come in. Out go Leonardo Bonucci, Mario Balotelli and the wing-backs Christian Maggio and Emanuele Giaccherini. For Ireland, Kevin Doyle gets another start, but, as expected, there’s no experimentation from Trapattoni.

At 35′, Ireland couldn’t clear after Di Natale’s clever shot from the byline. Italy won a corner, Cassano got across his marker and flicked a header that pinged off Given and dropped down over the line before Damien Duff could clear. 1-0 for Italy.

A wonderful, wonderful goal came from the Manchester City striker at 90′. A corner swung in and an acrobatic volley crisper and sweeter than a Granny Smith apple. 2-0 for Italy.

So Italy go on to face whoever finishes atop Group D, be it England, France or Ukraine. They wobbled in the opening 20-odd minutes and almost shattered in the final 15, but they survived in the end.

 

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FT Spain 4 – 0 Republic of Ireland

FT Spain 4 – 0 Republic of Ireland

After typically tidy interplay from the Spanish, Richard Dunne slid in to tackle Silva but the ball broke to Torres at the edge of the area. He effortlessly ghosted past Ward and cracked a decent shot past Given, who should have stopped it. 1-0.

At 49′, Given blocked an Ineista shot but only batted it out as far as Silva, who collected it eight yards out, feinted past St Ledger and then sidefooted it through two pairs of Irish legs and into the bottom corner. 2-0.

At 70′, McGeady lost possession in the middle, the ball was slipped through to Torres, who got away from Ward easily and then, despite pressure from Dunne, slotted it past Given and into the net from 18 yards. 3-0 for Spain.

Bang! At 83′, Fabregas fires the ball in off the post after Ireland fall asleep from a short corner. 4-0.

 

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FT Rep. Ireland 1-3 Croatia

All goals were made by Mandzukic (2 goals), Ledger, and Jelavic. Well played by Croatia.