EURO 2012: Italy vs Republic of Ireland
Italy enters their last match in group C knowing that only the win might help them to progress to the next stage. However, if Spain and Croatia draw 2-2 or with bigger result, the Italians are going home earlier in any way. Still, they are much better than their opponents tonight and there is no need to doubt in their motivation here. The Italians were a bit lucky to escape Spain match with a 1:1 draw, as the Spanish were a better side and only lacked finishing touch to win that game. However, the Italians were better in their second game where they drew against Croatians 1:1 as they made more offensive chances, had the ball possession, but received a goal twenty minutes before the end of the match and then it was hard to bounce back with another goal against a team of similar quality.
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Republic of Ireland is already out of this EURO and they looked like one of the weakest links in the competition in first two matches. Firstly, they have lost to Croats 3:1 in a game where the Croats were a better side, dictating the tempo but also scoring from mistakes and lack of concentration of Irish player. In their second match it was obvious that there is simply a quality difference between them and the Spaniards who took the easy 4:0 win dominating from the very first moment of the game. Their defenders are slow, attack is not that sharp and they generally lack of experience playing these kind of tournaments more often.
Situation is simple for Italians, they are generally depending on the other result from this group, but in order to depend from it, they firstly must take care of their own match and beat the Irish team. Irish already showed that they are the weakest team in this group and there is no reason to doubt in their another loss, similar to result what they earned against Croatia and Spain.
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