Spain and Italy through to Euro 2012 quarters Finals
and Italy through to Euro 2012 quarters Finals
Neither side seemed in any hurry to snatch the initiative throughout, with La Roja's famed tiki-taka football failing to break down a determined defensive barrier set up by Slaven Bilic's men.
The match seemed destined to end in a stalemate, but with two minutes remaining substitute Jesus Navas walked the ball into the net after latching onto Andres Iniesta’s cut-back to confirm Croatia's exit from the tournament.
In the group’s other match, Italy qualified as runners-up thanks to a narrow 2-0 victory over Republic of Ireland in Poznan on Monday evening.
Cesare Prandelli's men were on top for the majority of the first half, and a header from Antonio Cassano minutes before half-time gave the Azzurri a lead to hold on to.
Mario Balotelli then stepped up to seal the victory moments before the final whistle with a typically dramatic finish from just outside the six-yard box.
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