Euro 2012: Croatia-Spain, Italy-Ireland meet in final Group C games


View Photo Gallery: Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, here scoring against Italy, is tied for the Euro 2012 lead with three goals.

It’s the penultimate day of group play at Euro 2012, with Croatia playing Spain (ESPN) and Italy playing Ireland (ESPN2) in Group C action at 2:45 p.m.

Croatia (four points), Spain (four points) and Italy (two points) all have a chance to advance to the knockout stage out of Group C, with only Ireland (zero points) eliminated already. Italy is hoping that Croatia and Spain don’t play to a 2-2 tie, because that would send the Azzurri home, a la 2004, when Sweden and Denmark played to a 2-2 draw to knock out the Italians because of tiebreakers on the final day of group play.

Here are the Group C scenarios.

In Sunday’s Group B action, Germany beat Denmark, 2-1, and Portugal topped the Netherlands, also 2-1, with the winners off to the quarterfinals.

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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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