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Thursday 8 June 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Croatia

All time
# Electricity
Electricity demand shaped by Ireland's first Euro 2012 match
EirGrid says Sunday evening demand for electricity was influenced by people sitting down together to watch the match – and make tea at half-time.
# pointing the way
Open road: Croatia will not fear anyone now, says Bilic
While he admitted Ireland were the better team ‘in some moments’ the coach is confident of making the knock-out stages.
# Euro 2012
'We gave away sloppy goals' - St Ledger rues mistakes
The Leicester City player admitted that Ireland’s defending was poor at times in Poznan tonight.
# Second best
Match Report: Mandzukic on the double for Croatia
Two goals from the Wolfsburg striker resigned Ireland to defeat in their first Euro 2012 fixture.
# Euro 2012
Ireland v Croatia: Player ratings
How did the boys fare in Poznan tonight?
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
All the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed along the way…
Ireland v Croatia, Euro 2012
Could Giovanni Trapattoni’s men get off to a winning start against Croatia this evening? Let’s find out.
# Group C
What can Ireland learn from Croatia's Euro 2012 qualifiers?
Finding success from crosses could be a real possibility against today’s opponents.
# President in Poznan
Slideshow: Michael D. Higgins travels to Poland with Irish fans
President arrives in Poznan ahead of crunch Euro 2012 game.
# Euro 2012
Behind Enemy Lines: What the Croatians are saying
We speak to Zagreb-based football writer Aleksandar Holiga about how our opponents see this evening’s Group C clash going.
# Violence
Polish media report 14 arrests in Poznan ahead of Ireland game
Gazeta Wyborcza say 14 arrests were made, including three Irish people.
# Countdown
Poll: Where are you watching the match tonight?
We want to know where you’ll be when Robbie sticks the ball in the Croatia net?
# fyi
Here are 21 things you (probably) didn't know about Croatia
Find out what links the country with Ireland’s most famous author, among other things.
LIVEBLOG: Euro 2012, day 3
Is it time yet? Is it time yet? Is it time yet?
Preview: Optimism high as date with Croatia finally arrives
With all the preparation work out of the way, today’s opening group game couldn’t come sooner for the Irish players.
# Onwards
'I'm sorry for the Irish' says Bilic but admits says road open to quarter-finals
“Maybe the Irish were the better team in some moments, but I think that if you look, the overall impression is that we were the much better team.”
# Euro 2012
'This has been a long time coming for the whole country' - Robbie Keane
The Ireland captain knows from experience these opportunities don’t come along very often and says the players are desperate to get their Euro 2012 campaign going now.
Here we go: Trap aims to give Ireland 'what it has asked for'
On the eve of a tournament defining fixture, the Ireland boss is calling on the wisdom of Gianni Agnelli.
LIVEBLOG: Euro 2012, day 2
The one-stop-shop for the build-up to this evening’s big games in the Ukraine.
# Ready to go
Trap and Modric urge caution, Andrews says Ireland 'vying for second spot'
The Croatia midfielder has described Sunday’s game as “our most important match”.
LIVEBLOG: Euro 2012, day 1
We whiled away the hours before kick-off collecting tweets, following stories and giggling excitedly. Review the day’s action here.
# Euro2012
Croatia's Corluka targets quarter-final spot
Croatia provide Giovanni Trapattoni with yet another article he can pin to the dressing room wall.
# Group C
Big respect: Bilic will not take Ireland for granted
The Croatia boss says Ireland play solid, simple football. Basically, he’s quaking in his boots.
# Tactics
I might play one up front against Croatia, says Trap
Ireland were overrun by their hosts in Budapest at times tonight.
# Crocked
Another one bites the dust: Croatian striker Olic to miss Euro 2012
The experienced international has ruptured a thigh muscle and won’t face Ireland, Italy or Spain.
# know before you go
Grand Designs: Group C venue guide
Have a sneak peak at where all those boys in green will be showing up in under two weeks’ time.
# Road to Poland
Bosnian test should provide a good rehearsal for Croatia
It may be Ireland’s Euro 2012 send-off but Safet Susic and his team haven’t just come here to be part of the celebrations.
# Euro 2012
David Villa out of European Championships
The Barcelona forward has been ruled out of the tournament by national team manager Vicente del Bosque tonight.
# Road to Poland
'Croatia can win it. There have been surprises in the past' - Liam Brady
If Chippy’s predictions are correct, Ireland chances of getting beyond the group stages are looking even slimmer.
# Countdown
25 days to Euro 2012: Don’t worry Ireland fans, Davor Suker retired long ago
The legendary Croatian striker’s lob over the head of Peter Schmeichel in ’96 was a bit special.
# Concern
Bad news: Injury puts O'Shea's Euros place in doubt
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill admitted he was concerned about the defender’s chances of being fit ahead of the tournament.
# Euro 2012
Croatia name preliminary squad, spring a couple of surprises
Slaven Bilic has left Ivan Klasnic and Mladen Petric off the list of 27 names for Ireland’s Group C rivals but there are several familiar faces.
# Mladic
Opening of Ratko Mladic's war crimes trial delayed
Bosnian Serb commander is set to stand trial on genocide and other charges next month.
# getting shirty
Open thread: which is your favourite kit at Euro 2012?
We’ve got a soft spot for the Sweden away strip and Italy’s retro home jersey…
# Rafa in Dublin
Rafa Benitez: 'You need to trust Trapattoni on McClean decision'
The former Liverpool boss also believes that Ireland’s opening Euro 2012 clash with Croatia in Poland will be crucial to their hopes of progressing.
# Road to Poland
At the peak of his powers: Kelly feels time is right to nail down a starting place
The defender hopes playing regularly alongside an Irish team-mate at Fulham can help persuade Giovanni Trapattoni to name him in the first eleven at Euro 2012.
# on fire
International round-up: Spain thump Venezuala while Italy lose out to the US
Valencia’s Roberto Soldado capped his return from international exile with a hat-trick for the world champions.
# European Union
Ministers recommend that Serbia become 'official candidate' to join EU
Well, that’s good timing…
# road to poznan
In pictures: Ireland back in training
Giovanni Trapattoni secured his baseball cap and braved the rain to take training in Malahide this morning.