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France forward Benzema: We should not kid ourselves; Spain will be favourites
20/06/2012 by Goal.com
France forward Karim Benzema freely admits that Spain will be overwhelming favourites to progress when the two sides meet in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 on Saturday.Les Bleus had been tipped by many as potential winners, but such confidence in Laurent Blanc's team now looks horribly misplaced in light of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat by the already-eliminated Sweden in thei... Full Story »
Electric Navas steps up for Spain again
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
GNIEWINO, Poland (Reuters) - Spain were unable to call on the services of Jesus Navas until late 2009 because of his anxiety about being away from home but since putting that behind him the electric winger has made a number of vital contributions. Navas came off the bench to score the late winner in the world and European champions' nervy 1-0 victory over Croatia on Monda... Full Story »
Spain 'suffered' against Croatia, admits Iniesta
19/06/2012 by Goal.com
Andres Iniesta admitted that Spain “suffered” during their 1-0 win over Croatia and was delighted to finish as Group C winners after “a tough and very difficult game”.Second-half substitutes Jesus Navas and Cesc Fabregas combined with the Barcelona man for the former to score the goal two minutes from time, and send Slaven Bilic's men out of the tournament.Iniesta concede... Full Story »
Croatia 0 Spain 1: Navas sets up possible England clash after holders survive scare
19/06/2012 by Dailymail
Spain are through to the last eight, where they may yet meet England in Donetsk on Saturday night, but this was not one of those Spanish nights that make every other football team  simultaneously quake and purr.This provoked other noises, mainly the sound of grinding teeth. Vicente Del Bosque’s molars must have taken a pounding. The Spain manager said afterwards his player... Full Story »
Del Bosque admits Spain not at best against Croats
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admitted the defending champions were not at their best despite beating Croatia 1-0 in Gdansk to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 on Monday as Group C winners."The team played well, even though things didn't go according to plan," said Del Bosque, who started but then took off Fernando Torres for Jesus Navas of Seville, who promptly bundle... Full Story »
Spain beats Croatia 1-0, advances at Euro 2012
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
GDANSK, Poland (AP) Unconvincing as it was, it was still enough for Spain.The defending champions advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship on Monday, getting an 88th-minute goal from substitute Jesus Navas in a 1-0 win over Croatia.Spain dominated possession as expected but failed to create many clear opportunities at the Arena Gdansk. And on the other end... Full Story »
Spain break Croatian hearts to finish top
19/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
Substitute Jesus Navas scored a late winner as Spain beat Croatia 1-0 to finish top of Group C and knockout Slaven Bilic's unfortunate men out of Euro 2012.Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic both had earlier chances to break the deadlock and Croatia kept pushing deep into injury-time as they sought the equaliser that could still have sent them through.Resolute in defence an... Full Story »
Croatia need 'game of their lives' against Spain
19/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
Croatia boss Slaven Bilic says his players will need to play "the games of their lives" against defending European champions Spain on Monday with top spot in Group C up for grabs at Euro 2012.Croatia have the unenviable task of trying to halt the rampaging Roja, who hammered Ireland 4-0 at Arena Gdansk on Thursday with Fernando Torres scoring twice as the world champions hi... Full Story »
Croatia v Spain preview - Bilic urges Croatia to play 'best game of their lives' against holders
18/06/2012 by Sky Sport
Croatia meet defending champions Spain for the first time in a major competition on Monday night with both sides sitting top of Group C, but neither yet guaranteed a spot in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.The two sides are level on four points at the top of their pool, two points clear of Italy, who face the already-eliminated Republic of Ireland in Monday's other grou... Full Story »
Spain star Xavi in angry blast after Italy stitch-up claim
18/06/2012 by The Sun
WE'LL GIVE 'EM EL ... Spain star XaviXAVI has angrily blasted suggestions Spain will try to stitch up Italy by playing out a stalemate with Croatia.Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon voiced fears of a 2-2 Euro draw between the defending champions and Croatia in Gdansk tonight — which would see the Azzurri go home.But Spain’s midfield star Xavi bristled when asked if they would tr... Full Story »