UEFA Euro 2012 Group C

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Group C of UEFA Euro 2012 began on 10 June 2012 and ended on 18 June 2012. The pool consisted of Spain, Italy, Republic of Ireland and Croatia. Spain and Italy progressed to the quarter-finals, while Croatia and Republic of Ireland were eliminated from the tournament. Republic of Ireland equalled the worst performance by a team in the group stage of the European Championships, finishing with no points and a goal difference of −8.[1] Both Spain and Italy made it through the quarter-finals and semi-finals to reach the final for a second meeting in the tournament.

Standings[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 2 1 0 6 1 +5 7 Advance to knockout phase
2  Italy 3 1 2 0 4 2 +2 5
3  Croatia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
4  Republic of Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 9 −8 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Matches[edit]

Spain vs Italy[edit]

10 June 2012 (2012-06-10)
18:00
Spain  1–1  Italy
Fàbregas Goal 64' Report Di Natale Goal 61'
PGE Arena, Gdańsk
Attendance: 38,869[2]
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Spain[3]
Italy[3]
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 17 Álvaro Arbeloa YC 84'
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba YC 66'
RM 8 Xavi
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
LM 14 Xabi Alonso
RF 21 David Silva Substituted off 64'
CF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted off 74'
LF 6 Andrés Iniesta
Substitutions:
MF 22 Jesús Navas Substituted in 64'
FW 9 Fernando Torres YC 84' Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
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GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
CB 3 Giorgio Chiellini YC 79'
CB 16 Daniele De Rossi
CB 19 Leonardo Bonucci YC 66'
RM 13 Emanuele Giaccherini
CM 8 Claudio Marchisio
CM 21 Andrea Pirlo
CM 5 Thiago Motta Substituted off 90'
LM 2 Christian Maggio YC 89'
CF 10 Antonio Cassano Substituted off 65'
CF 9 Mario Balotelli YC 37' Substituted off 56'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Antonio Di Natale Substituted in 56'
FW 20 Sebastian Giovinco Substituted in 65'
MF 23 Antonio Nocerino Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)[2]

Assistant referees:
Gábor Erős (Hungary)
György Ring (Hungary)
Fourth official:
William Collum (Scotland)
Additional assistant referees:
István Vad (Hungary)
Tamás Bognár (Hungary)

Republic of Ireland vs Croatia[edit]

10 June 2012 (2012-06-10)
20:45
Republic of Ireland  1–3  Croatia
St Ledger Goal 19' Report
Stadion Miejski, Poznań
Attendance: 39,550[4]
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Republic of Ireland[5]
Croatia[5]
GK 1 Shay Given
RB 4 John O'Shea
CB 2 Sean St Ledger
CB 5 Richard Dunne
LB 3 Stephen Ward
CM 6 Glenn Whelan
CM 8 Keith Andrews YC 45+1'
RW 7 Aiden McGeady Substituted off 54'
LW 11 Damien Duff
CF 9 Kevin Doyle Substituted off 53'
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c) Substituted off 75'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Jonathan Walters Substituted in 53'
FW 20 Simon Cox Substituted in 54'
FW 19 Shane Long Substituted in 75'
Manager:
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni
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GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 13 Gordon Schildenfeld
LB 2 Ivan Strinić
DM 8 Ognjen Vukojević
RW 7 Ivan Rakitić Substituted off 90+2'
AM 10 Luka Modrić YC 53'
LW 20 Ivan Perišić Substituted off 89'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić
CF 9 Nikica Jelavić Substituted off 72'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Niko Kranjčar YC 84' Substituted in 72'
FW 22 Eduardo Substituted in 89'
MF 16 Tomislav Dujmović Substituted in 90+2'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Mario Mandžukić (Croatia)[4]

Assistant referees:
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
Fourth official:
Viktor Shvetsov (Ukraine)
Additional assistant referees:
Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)
Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)

Italy vs Croatia[edit]

14 June 2012 (2012-06-14)
18:00
Italy  1–1  Croatia
Pirlo Goal 39' Report Mandžukić Goal 72'
Stadion Miejski, Poznań
Attendance: 37,096[6]
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
Italy[7]
Croatia[7]
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c)
RB 19 Leonardo Bonucci
CB 16 Daniele De Rossi
LB 3 Giorgio Chiellini
DM 21 Andrea Pirlo
CM 8 Claudio Marchisio
CM 5 Thiago Motta YC 56' Substituted off 62'
RW 2 Christian Maggio
LW 13 Emanuele Giaccherini
CF 9 Mario Balotelli Substituted off 69'
CF 10 Antonio Cassano Substituted off 83'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Riccardo Montolivo YC 80' Substituted in 62'
FW 11 Antonio Di Natale Substituted in 69'
FW 20 Sebastian Giovinco Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli
ITA-CRO 2012-06-14.svg
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 13 Gordon Schildenfeld YC 86'
LB 2 Ivan Strinić
CM 8 Ognjen Vukojević
CM 10 Luka Modrić
RW 7 Ivan Rakitić
LW 20 Ivan Perišić Substituted off 68'
CF 9 Nikica Jelavić Substituted off 83'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić Substituted off 90+4'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Danijel Pranjić Substituted in 68'
FW 22 Eduardo Substituted in 83'
MF 19 Niko Kranjčar Substituted in 90+4'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Andrea Pirlo (Italy)[6]

Assistant referees:
Michael Mullarkey (England)
Peter Kirkup (England)
Fourth official:
Pavel Královec (Czech Republic)
Additional assistant referees:
Martin Atkinson (England)
Mark Clattenburg (England)

Spain vs Republic of Ireland[edit]

14 June 2012 (2012-06-14)
20:45
Spain  4–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
PGE Arena, Gdańsk
Attendance: 39,150[8]
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
Spain[9]
Republic of Ireland[9]
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 17 Álvaro Arbeloa
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba
RM 8 Xavi
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
LM 14 Xabi Alonso YC 54' Substituted off 65'
RF 21 David Silva
CF 9 Fernando Torres Substituted off 74'
LF 6 Andrés Iniesta Substituted off 80'
Substitutions:
DF 4 Javi Martínez YC 76' Substituted in 65'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 74'
MF 20 Santi Cazorla Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
ESP-IRL 2012-06-14.svg
GK 1 Shay Given
RB 4 John O'Shea
CB 2 Sean St Ledger YC 84'
CB 5 Richard Dunne
LB 3 Stephen Ward
RM 11 Damien Duff Substituted off 76'
CM 8 Keith Andrews
CM 6 Glenn Whelan YC 45+1' Substituted off 80'
LM 7 Aiden McGeady
CF 20 Simon Cox Substituted off 46'
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c) YC 36'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Jonathan Walters Substituted in 46'
MF 22 James McClean Substituted in 76'
MF 21 Paul Green Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni

Man of the Match:
Fernando Torres (Spain)[8]

Assistant referees:
Bertino Miranda (Portugal)
Ricardo Santos (Portugal)
Fourth official:
Marcin Borski (Poland)
Additional assistant referees:
Jorge Sousa (Portugal)
Duarte Gomes (Portugal)

Croatia vs Spain[edit]

18 June 2012 (2012-06-18)
20:45
Croatia  0–1  Spain
Report Navas Goal 88'
PGE Arena, Gdańsk
Attendance: 39,076[10]
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)
Croatia[11]
Spain[11]
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 21 Domagoj Vida Substituted off 66'
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka YC 27'
CB 13 Gordon Schildenfeld
LB 2 Ivan Strinić YC 53'
CM 8 Ognjen Vukojević Substituted off 81'
CM 7 Ivan Rakitić YC 90+3'
RW 11 Darijo Srna (c) YC 44'
AM 10 Luka Modrić
LW 6 Danijel Pranjić Substituted off 66'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić YC 90'
Substitutions:
MF 20 Ivan Perišić Substituted in 66'
FW 9 Nikica Jelavić YC 90+1' Substituted in 66'
FW 22 Eduardo Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić
CRO-ESP 2012-06-18.svg
GK 1 Iker Casillas (c)
RB 17 Álvaro Arbeloa
CB 3 Gerard Piqué
CB 15 Sergio Ramos
LB 18 Jordi Alba
RM 8 Xavi Substituted off 89'
CM 16 Sergio Busquets
LM 14 Xabi Alonso
RF 21 David Silva Substituted off 73'
CF 9 Fernando Torres Substituted off 61'
LF 6 Andrés Iniesta
Substitutions:
MF 22 Jesús Navas Substituted in 61'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas Substituted in 73'
FW 11 Álvaro Negredo Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)[10]

Assistant referees:
Jan-Hendrik Salver (Germany)
Mike Pickel (Germany)
Fourth official:
Richard Liesveld (Netherlands)
Additional assistant referees:
Florian Meyer (Germany)
Deniz Aytekin (Germany)

Italy vs Republic of Ireland[edit]

The Republic of Ireland wore black armbands to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the Loughinisland massacre. This was criticised by some unionists and members of the UVF.[12] However, the victims' families fully supported the gesture.[12]

18 June 2012 (2012-06-18)
20:45
Italy  2–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Stadion Miejski, Poznań
Attendance: 38,794[13]
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Italy[14]
Republic of Ireland[14]
GK 1 Gianluigi Buffon (c) YC 73'
RB 7 Ignazio Abate
CB 15 Andrea Barzagli
CB 3 Giorgio Chiellini Substituted off 57'
LB 6 Federico Balzaretti YC 28'
DM 21 Andrea Pirlo
RM 8 Claudio Marchisio
CM 5 Thiago Motta
LM 16 Daniele De Rossi YC 71'
CF 11 Antonio Di Natale Substituted off 74'
CF 10 Antonio Cassano Substituted off 63'
Substitutions:
DF 19 Leonardo Bonucci Substituted in 57'
MF 22 Alessandro Diamanti Substituted in 63'
FW 9 Mario Balotelli Substituted in 74'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli
ITA-IRL 2012-06-18.svg
GK 1 Shay Given
RB 4 John O'Shea YC 39'
CB 5 Richard Dunne
CB 2 Sean St Ledger YC 84'
LB 3 Stephen Ward
RM 7 Aiden McGeady Substituted off 65'
CM 6 Glenn Whelan
CM 8 Keith Andrews Yellow cardYellow cardRed card 37', 89'
LM 11 Damien Duff (c)
CF 10 Robbie Keane Substituted off 86'
CF 9 Kevin Doyle Substituted off 76'
Substitutions:
FW 19 Shane Long Substituted in 65'
FW 14 Jonathan Walters Substituted in 76'
FW 20 Simon Cox Substituted in 86'
Manager:
Italy Giovanni Trapattoni

Man of the Match:
Antonio Cassano (Italy)[13]

Assistant referees:
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Tarık Ongun (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Viktor Shvetsov (Ukraine)
Additional assistant referees:
Hüseyin Göçek (Turkey)
Bülent Yıldırım (Turkey)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Young, Colin (18 June 2012). "Ireland suffer worst ever finals". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Full-time report Spain-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Spain-Italy" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Full-time report Republic of Ireland-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Republic of Ireland-Croatia" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Full-time report Italy-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Italy-Croatia" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Full-time report Spain-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Spain-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Full-time report Croatia-Spain" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Croatia-Spain" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Ireland's Euro 2012 armband match tribute to UVF massacre victims slammed". Belfast Telegraph. Brian Rowan. 14 June 2012 Retrieved 19 June 2012
  13. ^ a b "Full-time report Italy-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 
  14. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Italy-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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