UEFA Euro 2012 Group C

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. The group was jokingly dubbed the "group of debt" by multiple media outlets, in reference to the European sovereign debt crisis facing some of its members.[1][2] 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.[3] Both Spain and Italy made it through the quarter-finals and semi-finals to reach the final for a second meeting in the tournament.

In their final match, 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.[4] However, the victims' families fully supported the gesture.[4]

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Pot Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
UEFA Rankings
November 2011[nb 1]
FIFA Rankings
June 2012
C1   Spain 1 Group I winner 6 September 2011 9th 2008 Winners (1964, 2008) 1 1
C2   Italy 2 Group C winner 6 September 2011 8th 2008 Winners (1968) 4 12
C3   Republic of Ireland 4 Play-off winner 15 November 2011 2nd 1988 Group stage (1988) 14 18
C4   Croatia 3 Play-off winner 15 November 2011 4th 2008 Quarter-finals (1996, 2008) 7 8

Notes

  1. ^ The UEFA rankings of November 2011 were used for seeding for the final draw.

StandingsEdit

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

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group C, Spain, advanced to play the runner-up of Group D, France.
  • The runner-up of Group C, Italy, advanced to play the winner of Group D, England.

MatchesEdit

Spain vs ItalyEdit

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

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)[5]

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 CroatiaEdit

Republic of Ireland  1–3  Croatia
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland[8]
 
 
 
 
 
 
Croatia[8]
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   45+1'
RW 7 Aiden McGeady   54'
LW 11 Damien Duff
CF 9 Kevin Doyle   53'
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c)   75'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Jonathan Walters   53'
FW 20 Simon Cox   54'
FW 19 Shane Long   75'
Manager:
  Giovanni Trapattoni
 
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   90+2'
AM 10 Luka Modrić   53'
LW 20 Ivan Perišić   89'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić
CF 9 Nikica Jelavić   72'
Substitutions:
MF 19 Niko Kranjčar   84'   72'
FW 22 Eduardo   89'
MF 16 Tomislav Dujmović   90+2'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Mario Mandžukić (Croatia)[7]

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 CroatiaEdit

Italy  1–1  Croatia
Report
Attendance: 37,096[9]
Referee: Howard Webb (England)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy[10]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Croatia[10]
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   56'   62'
RW 2 Christian Maggio
LW 13 Emanuele Giaccherini
CF 9 Mario Balotelli   69'
CF 10 Antonio Cassano   83'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Riccardo Montolivo   80'   62'
FW 11 Antonio Di Natale   69'
FW 20 Sebastian Giovinco   83'
Manager:
Cesare Prandelli
 
GK 1 Stipe Pletikosa
RB 11 Darijo Srna (c)
CB 5 Vedran Ćorluka
CB 13 Gordon Schildenfeld   86'
LB 2 Ivan Strinić
CM 8 Ognjen Vukojević
CM 10 Luka Modrić
RW 7 Ivan Rakitić
LW 20 Ivan Perišić   68'
CF 9 Nikica Jelavić   83'
CF 17 Mario Mandžukić   90+4'
Substitutions:
MF 6 Danijel Pranjić   68'
FW 22 Eduardo   83'
MF 19 Niko Kranjčar   90+4'
Manager:
Slaven Bilić

Man of the Match:
Andrea Pirlo (Italy)[9]

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 IrelandEdit

Spain  4–0  Republic of Ireland
Report
Attendance: 39,150[11]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain[12]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Republic of Ireland[12]
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   54'   65'
RF 21 David Silva
CF 9 Fernando Torres   74'
LF 6 Andrés Iniesta   80'
Substitutions:
DF 4 Javi Martínez   76'   65'
MF 10 Cesc Fàbregas   74'
MF 20 Santi Cazorla   80'
Manager:
Vicente del Bosque
 
GK 1 Shay Given
RB 4 John O'Shea
CB 2 Sean St Ledger   84'
CB 5 Richard Dunne
LB 3 Stephen Ward
RM 11 Damien Duff   76'
CM 8 Keith Andrews
CM 6 Glenn Whelan   45+1'   80'
LM 7 Aiden McGeady
CF 20 Simon Cox   46'
CF 10 Robbie Keane (c)   36'
Substitutions:
FW 14 Jonathan Walters   46'
MF 22 James McClean   76'
MF 21 Paul Green   80'
Manager:
  Giovanni Trapattoni

Man of the Match:
Fernando Torres (Spain)[11]

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

Croatia vs SpainEdit

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

Man of the Match:
Andrés Iniesta (Spain)[13]

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 IrelandEdit

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

Man of the Match:
Antonio Cassano (Italy)[15]

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Raffone, Mike. "Euro 2012: Group C's Italy, Spain and Croatia Provide Spark". Bleacher Report.
  2. ^ "A welcome distraction: Euro 2012 a timely respite for depressed & debt-ridden Spain". Goal.com.
  3. ^ Young, Colin (18 June 2012). "Ireland suffer worst ever finals". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ a b "Full-time report Spain-Italy" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Spain-Italy" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Full-time report Republic of Ireland-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ a b "Full-time report Italy-Croatia" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Italy-Croatia" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Full-time report Spain-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ a b "Full-time report Croatia-Spain" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Tactical Line-up – Group C – Croatia-Spain" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  15. ^ a b "Full-time report Italy-Republic of Ireland" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  16. ^ 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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