June 19th, 2012

Euro 2012 In Pictures: Croatia vs Spain, Italy vs Republic of Ireland

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During Monday’s Group C games, we were:

- Pleased that Niko Kranjcar found his razor in time;
- Curious about Fernando Torres’s possible use of bronzer in the first half; and
- Wondering why Kevin Doyle wore his kit instead of his Everyman towel (surely it would’ve been worth the last ditch effort?).

Once things were all said and done, we were:

- Delighted to see how Ireland and Croatia “reacted” to their losses; and
- Shocked at the lack of celebratory girlish face tickles exchanged after Italy advanced into the tournament’s next round (although there was that Balotelli face gag by Bonucci that folks are buzzing about).

What’s your take on all the results?

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24 Responses to “Euro 2012 In Pictures: Croatia vs Spain, Italy vs Republic of Ireland”

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  3. Doug in SF says:

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  4. Carolina says:

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  5. Doles says:

    It made laugh so much to watch Bonucci covering Balotelli's mouth! What a SMART move! The BEST DEFENDING of the match lol
    Buffon knows that photographers waiting for him to do such a thing. He never disappoints us!

  6. Gladys says:

    I'm conflicted about Spain's win. I'm probably the only person here who's sad about Croatia. They played some great attacking football (thanks, Ramos, for that nasty tackle on their best striker and then poor Corluka getting the yellow instead). As my friend said, Modric looked like he was in the wrong shirt! I was really hoping both teams would go through.

    On the other hand, I'm happy for Navas' getting the winning goal. Oh well. Time to give all my love to Spain, then. In return, VDB owes me some Mata/Santi/Llorente time on the pitch, OK.

    • xoWinnie says:

      I'm kind of sad about it, I'm not a fan but I think they put on better performances than Italy. They deserved to move on, it's a shame they couldn't hold on a bit longer. That being said, people need to learn that they can't stop playing just because they think a call should be made! If the ref doesn't call it, you have to keep playing! that goal could have been prevented

    • German_Girl says:

      No, I agree with you. Croatia didn't deserve to lose. Spain weren't their usual selves last night and really only caught a lucky break.

    • Venice says:

      You're not the only one Gladys, I'm that other person :-)
      We did really well. We didn't deserve to lose, but I guess we didn't deserve to win either. Some major decisions went the Spanish way but that's just how it goes sometimes. In the end we lacked that bit of experience I guess, to push it through. Good luck to the rest of the tournament.

      This will probably be my last post on Kickette. Some things you simply grow out of. Good luck to the next gen :-)

    • mata says:

      I'm sad too, great team.

    • Kristina says:

      Same here Gladys. I'm also gonna have to focus on Spain now when my Sweden is out. But we kicked France's butt :) . And that little Jesus scored made me so happy! Andres and Jesus in collaboration, it couldn't be better! And you know, it wouldn't be Ramos if he didn't give someone a nasty tackle.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      I don't see how is Ramos tackle is nasty! I watched replays like in slow motion to see it, anyway! It looked worse because player got injured, but all he did he played for the ball!

      Croatia might be the best team who got eliminated, played against yes against not very good La Roja, you had your chances, but as your coach said Bilic we have Casillas, if it was any other goal keeper you would have scored! I felt bad for Croatia for not qualifying, I thought they deserved to be in quarter more than some teams who are in it right now, but that's football.

      I am not convinced with our way playing to start with.

  7. Kate says:

    Oh, Gigi. That's my man.

  8. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Not really the best performance! Iker how can anyone blame me for loving this guy! San!! Jesus thank you!

  9. Carvivlie says:

    Ah Gigi–thanks for the view!

  10. xoWinnie says:

    I wonder if we'll be graced by anyone who believes Spain's victory over Croatia was a result of "match-fixing" and "game-rigging"…

  11. German_Girl says:

    I have to admit I would love to know what Balotelli was going to say! I guess we'll never know now.

    • German_Girl says:

      OMG – I love the photo of Balotelli and Shay Given! Only just seen it. Given looks really reluctant and Balotelli is like "Come on, you know you want to." :D

  12. Nikee says:

    oh i actually cried when my Azzurris advanced to the next level. they really did deserve it, fantastic team but still so much more potential in it! god only knows how much i love buffon for being…well buffon!
    but it is quite a shame that the irish couldn't make it…amazing fans and absolutly sympathetic boys on that team!
    girls as always amazing coverage of the events!
    cheers from austria

    • Cella.xx says:

      No Italy didnt deserve it Croatia was better
      Italy just had luck because of spains late goal(offside)
      That is the true!

  13. Diane says:

    Does Buffon still have the hair on his legs!? That's one of my takes.

    Since Italy is my husband and Spain is my lover, I'm thrilled that they both advance and my world continues to be rocked this month!! Thanks so much for all of the great coverage … and I mean that literally and figuratively ;-)

  14. IrishBlue says:

    A guy I know who was at the Spain v Ireland match caught Iker's jersey when he threw it into the crowd, lucky thing!

    Yeah, we played better against Italy than we did for the other matches (when I say better, I mean slightly less awful). I hate criticising them but Giovanni Trapattoni must have a screw loose if he thinks leaving out decent players who are doing good things in the EPL like Seamus Coleman, James Mc Carthy and James Mc Clean in favour of the ones he continues to play is a good idea. Some of his tactics have been so off the mark they fail to make any sense! Anyhoo, rant over.

    Ah, the everyman towel, I got quite a thrill from that…..still covered up too much though, would have preferred the route Matt Jarvis took with his Everyman pose….oh well, he's naked in my dreams all the time anyway!

    • German_Girl says:

      It's a shame Ireland are out because I think they have the best fans ever. I was so impressed with their singing when they were losing to Spain. Maybe that's some consolation. And there's always the World Cup. :)