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Matchday 2 - Euro 2012 fixtures for Monday June 18th

Spain remain favourites to win Euro 2012 (credit: Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Croatia take on Spain and Italy face Republic of Ireland tonight in Group C at Euro 2012.

Defending champions Spain top Group C go into tonight's game at the PGE Arena in Gdansk level on points with Croatia. That has led to conspiracy theorists suggesting the two sides would settle for a 2-2 draw, as that scoreline would guarantee both teams make it through to the quarter-finals at Italy's expense.

That suggestion has not gone down well with the Croatia camp, who have a history of beating sides they were widely expected to lose to at major tournaments, including Italy and Germany (twice), while Spain are also unlikely to want to settle for a point, and one would be rare for the reigning world and European champions, who have drawn only two of their last 37 competitive games.

At the Municipal Stadium in Poznan, Italy take on Ireland knowing that should Croatia v Spain end in a 2-2 draw, they will be eliminated from the tournament regardless of their result tonight.

The Republic are already out of Euro 2012, but will be keen to end on a high, and they go into tonight's game having lost just one of four meetings with the Italians over the past 18 years.

It is the third meeting between the countries at a major tournament, but the first at a European Championship. Italy won their meeting at the 1990 World Cup by a single goal, while Ireland won by the same 1-0 scoreline four years later at the 1994 World Cup.

Monday's Euro 2012 fixtures:
All kick-off times 19:45 BST
Group C - Croatia v Spain
Group C - Italy v Republic of Ireland


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