Euro 2012: Group C
Spain vs. Croatia: the Spanish fans are in good cheer ahead of the face-off with their closest pursuers in Group C
Sergio Busquets (l.) keeps a close eye on Croatia playmaker Luka Modric early on
A close encounter unfolds, with Spain dominating possession as expected, but the Croatian defence - Ivan Strinic here against David Silva - holding firm
The Spanish are making few inroads - but with Italy in front, Slaven Bilic's men need to score themselves
FC Bayern's Danijel Pranjic (r.) feels the full force of Spain's high-pressing game here
The late show: substitute Jesus Navas (r.) strokes home the only goal of the game in the 88th minute after Andres Iniesta (m.) serves it up on a plate for him
Spain go through, while Croatia can consider themselves somewhat unfortunate to be heading home already
Italy vs. Ireland: the Irish are already out, but their fans are far from down
For their part, only a win at the Municipal Stadium in Poznan will do for Italy if they are to have a chance of progressing
There are half-chances for both sides in a fairly even opening phase - Ireland's Sean St. Ledger tries to cut out Antonio Cassano cross here...
...but there's no stopping Cassano in the 38th minute...
...as the AC Milan frontman heads home from a corner to give Italy a 1-0 lead at the break
Andrea Pirlo (r., against Kevin Doyle) and his teammates start the second half like a team intent on wrapping things up quickly
But they fail to do so and the longer the match goes on, the more tenuous Italy's lead appears
Giovanni Trapatonni's men can only carve out one real chance of note however, Keith Andrews pulling a good save out of Gianluigi Buffon from a free kick...
...and substitute Mario Balotelli's great late strike seals the win for the Azzurri, whose qualification is confirmed by Croatia's simultaneous defeat