Euro 2012: Day 3

Spain’s gamble of starting without a recognised striker almost backfired when the holders needed a Fabregas equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw against Italy in their Group C opener. In the second Group C match, Croatia piled on the misery for Ireland, beating them 3-1, with Mario Mandzukic scoring two. - Photos by Agencies

Irish defender Richard Dunne vies with Croatian defender Vedran Corluka during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Irish defender Richard Dunne vies with Croatian defender Vedran Corluka during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Irish goalkeeper Shay Given vies with Croatian forward Nikica Jelavic during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Irish goalkeeper Shay Given vies with Croatian forward Nikica Jelavic during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Croatian goakeeper Stipe Pletikosa makes a save during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Croatian goakeeper Stipe Pletikosa makes a save during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Irish midfielder Glenn Whelan shoots the ball during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Irish midfielder Glenn Whelan shoots the ball during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Croatian midfielder Darijo Srna speaks to Croatian goakeeper Stipe Pletikosa during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Croatian midfielder Darijo Srna speaks to Croatian goakeeper Stipe Pletikosa during the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Croatian midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic celebrates at the end of the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Croatian midfielder Ognjen Vukojevic celebrates at the end of the Republic of Ireland vs Croatia match at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan.
Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez vies with Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo during the Euro 2012 championships football match Spain vs Italy at the Gdansk Arena.
Spanish midfielder Xavi Hernandez vies with Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo during the Euro 2012 championships football match Spain vs Italy at the Gdansk Arena.
Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso vies with Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso vies with Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Spanish defender Raul Albiol vies with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Spanish defender Raul Albiol vies with Spanish defender Sergio Ramos during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi vies with Spanish forward Fernando Torres during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi vies with Spanish forward Fernando Torres during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon dives during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon dives during the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta (L) reacts at the end of the Euro 2012 championships football match.
Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta (L) reacts at the end of the Euro 2012 championships football match.

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