Republic of Ireland v Croatia, 10 June 2012

Score3-1 to Croatia
RefereeBjörn Kuipers
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group C
VenueMiejski Stadion, Poznan
Attendance43,200
Kick-off: 8.45pm local (7.45pm BST)

1  Republic of Ireland

Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni

3  Croatia

Manager: Slavan Bilic

Goals:

Sean St Ledger-Hall 19 G

Goals:

Mario Mandžukić 3 G
Nikica Jelavic 43 G
Mario Mandžukić 48 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Shay Given
Defender John O'Shea
Defender/Centre back Richard Dunne
Defender/Midfielder Stephen Ward
Midfielder Keith Andrews
Midfielder Aiden McGeady
Midfielder Glenn Whelan
Midfielder/Forward Damien Duff
Forward Kevin Doyle
Forward Robbie Keane (captain)

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa
Defender Vedran Corluka
Defender Ivan Strinic
Defender/Midfielder Darijo Srna (captain)
Midfielder Luka Modrić
Midfielder Ivan Rakitić
Midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic
Midfielder/Forward Ivan Perišić
Forward Nikica Jelavic

Substitutions:

Jon Walters for Kevin Doyle 53
Simon Cox for Aiden McGeady 54
Shane Long for Robbie Keane 75

Substitutions:

Niko Kranjcar for Nikica Jelavic 72
Eduardo for Ivan Perišić 89
Tomislav Dujmovic for Ivan Rakitić 90

Cards:

Keith Andrews 45 Y

Cards:

Luka Modrić 53 Y
Niko Kranjcar 84 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper David Forde
Goalkeeper Kieren Westwood
Defender Paul McShane
Defender Darren O'Dea
Defender/Full back Stephen Kelly
Midfielder Darron Gibson
Midfielder Paul Green
Midfielder Stephen Hunt
Midfielder/Forward James McClean
Midfielder/Forward Jon Walters
Forward Simon Cox
Forward Shane Long

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ivan Kelava
Goalkeeper Danijel Subašić
Defender Jurica Buljat
Defender Josip Simunic
Defender Domagoj Vida
Defender/Midfielder Šime Vrsaljko
Midfielder Milan Badelj
Midfielder Tomislav Dujmovic
Midfielder Niko Kranjcar
Midfielder Danijel Pranjic
Forward Eduardo
Forward Nikola Kalinić

11v11 match preview

Ireland are possibly the least gifted side in the tournament, but coach Trappatoni has concentrated on creating a disciplined, defensive-minded unit which wll frustrate opponents. They will be seeking to win this game and get 0-0s in their other games in a valiant but probably doomed attempt to get out of this group.

Croatia depend heavily on Luka Modric who is exhausted after a long season with Tottenham. They have a ponderous defence but could be dangerous on the counter-attack.