Ireland 1-3 Croatia Highlights – Euro 2012
Watch highlights as Croatia beat Ireland 3-1 in Group C, with Everton’s Nikica Jelavic scoring their decisive second goal.
Venue: Municipal Stadium, Poznan
Date: Sunday, 10 June
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
Ireland have only lost one of their previous six games against Croatia (W2, D3, L1).
Only two of those encounters were in competitive matches. They met in qualifying for Euro 2000, with Ireland winning 2-0 at Lansdowne Road in September 1998. However, Croatia exacted revenge thanks to a late winner from Davor Suker in Zagreb a year later.
The last meeting was a 0-0 draw at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium in August 2011.
Republic of Ireland
The Irish are unbeaten in 14 games, keeping 11 clean sheets. Their last loss was a 3-2 friendly defeat to Uruguay in Dublin in March 2011.
They have yet to lose a competitive game away from home under Giovanni Trapattoni.
Trapattoni, 73, will become the oldest coach to take charge of a European Championship finals match. The previous record was held by Otto Baric, who was 71 when he led Croatia at Euro 2004.
Of the teams that qualified for Euro 2012, the Irish allowed the most shots on target (45).
Croatia collected 23 yellow cards in qualifying – only Greece (27) had a worse record.
They have qualified for four tournaments since the turn of the century, but the only time they progressed beyond the group stage was at Euro 2008, when they lost to Turkey in the last eight.
Croatia have not ended a calendar year outside the top 10 of Fifa’s rankings since 2006.
They have never lost their opening game at a European Championship (W2, D1).