Euro 2012 Spain vs Croatia is a very important match. A draw of 2-2 in demand as Spain take on Croatia. Here is schedule and preview
Defending champions Spain take on Croatia on Monday at Arena Gdansk in a crucial Group C math at Euro 2012 and interestingly everybody seems to be interested in a draw of a particular type which should not be a 0-0 or a 1-1.
It is happening not the first time in the Euro but the permutation and combination remind Indian fans of the dreaded Duckworth-Lewis system when it rains in a limited over cricket match.
Euro Champions rules say that if there is a tie the goal difference and goal scored by the teams on same points would decide which team go ahead. That is why the 2-2 draw comes in the talk as then it would be of no use by which margin Italy beat Ireland, if they beat the Irish team. And if Italy win, which is quite likely, then the loser of the Spain vs Croatia game would face elimination. In the case of a Spain-Crotai draw and a win for Italy all three would be on five points. Then goal difference between the three sides would become the first criteria.
Both Spain and Croatia are two points ahead of Italy, who would face the Republic of Ireland in the other pool game. The Irish have already been eliminated after two defeats. Croatia has beaten Ireland and played a 1-1 draw against.
Spain is the leader of their group on goal difference leaving behind Croatia. Croatia should either win or play a draw with a score line that should not be 0-0 or 1-1.
A 0-0 draw between them would send Italy in the last 8 with the other team to be decided by overall goal difference
Spain has qualified for all the major final since 1992 and is unbeaten in since last 16 matches of official competition their 4-0 victory against Ireland. Croatia have won two and drawn two of their last four games.
Spain is meeting the Croats for the first official match though they have met in four friendlies. Spain has won twice and the Croats have won once.
Spain is pinning its hope on Fernando Torres who scored twice against Ireland.
Croatia’s coach Slaven Bilic thinks that they would have to play the ‘best game of lives’. Bilic says that they must concentrate for entire 90 minutes.