Euro 2012: Croatia vs Spain

The final group matches in Group C were Croatia vs Spain and Italy vs Ireland. Ireland were already out, but any of the other three could still lose out on a quarter final place. Croatia faced the European and World Champions, Spain, and were the clear underdogs. However, Spain has not been playing their best football at Euro 2012 and the Croatians threw everyhting they had at them. They had some really good chances and should have had a penalty and a Spanish player sent off within the first 20 minutes, yet the referee decided otherwise. The game was messy yet full of passion, but there was no way through for either Spain or Croatia. Until Spain got lucky again. Iniesta collected the ball with the upper part of his arm, provided the pass to substitute Navas, who scored the only goal of the game. Spain was through and Croatia had to wait to find out the score in the other game. [34 photos total]

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Fan of Croatia cheers before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's soccer fan with her face painted smiles as she waits for start of their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at PGE Arena in Gdansk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Fan of Croatia cheers before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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A fan of Spain smiles before the Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Fan of Croatia with his face painted in national flag colours is pictured before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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General view of the PGE Arena before the Group C Euro 2012 soccer match between Croatia and Spain in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's players pose for a team photo before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain in Gdansk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Spain's players pose for team photo before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's Mandzukic tackles Spain's Busquets during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Arbeloa attempts to keep ball in play next to Croatia's Strinic during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's coach Bilic watches his team's Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's Mario Mandzukic kneels on pitch during Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Casillas jumps during Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Torres runs for ball with Croatia's Corluka during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's Srna talks to referee during Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Casillas makes save during Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Silva falls as runs past Croatia's Vukojevic and Pranjic during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Pique is hit in face with ball during Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Busquets challenges Croatia's Mandzukic during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Sergio Busquets reacts after being fouled during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's goalkeeper Pletikosa reacts during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's Rakitic attempts to score past Spain's goalkeeper Casillas during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's Rakitic fails to score past Spain's goalkeeper Casillas during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Arbeloa, Croatia's Strinic and Croatia's Perisic fight for the ball during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (JUAN MEDINA/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Navas scores past Croatia's goalkeeper Pletikosa during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Navas shoots to score a goal past Croatia's goalkeeper Pletikosa during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Navas scores goal as Croatia's goalkeeper appeals to referee during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Navas scores goal against Croatia during Euro 2012 soccer match in Gdansk (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Navas celebrates after scoring a goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's Navas celebrates with his team mates after scoring a goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's goalkeeper Casillas reacts after winning the Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Croatia's Vida and Mandzukic react after losing their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Spain's fans celebrate at the end of their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the PGE Arena in Gdansk (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #

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