I only saw little bits of this game, but from what I saw the Irish had the spirit, but not the quality. Croatia managed a simple 1 – 3 win with some excellent goals and could go far. The Irish need to step it up or they’ll be going on an early Summer holiday.

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Ireland's national soccer players line-up for team photo before start of Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Croatia's team players pose before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at the City stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Croatia's Perisic fights for ball with Ireland's Doyle during their Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic scores against Ireland during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Ireland's goalkeeper Given lets in goal during Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates goal against Ireland during Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates his scoring during their Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic scores past Ireland's O'Shea and Ireland's Duff during Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates his goal with team mates Modric, Perisic and Schildenfeld during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at the City Stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates his scoring during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at City stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Croatia's Srna heads the ball with Ireland's McGeady during their Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Ireland's Andrews takes a free kick during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Ireland's St Ledger celebrates his goal with team mates during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the City Stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Ireland's Keane congratulates St Ledger for scoring during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the City Stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Croatia's Srna Corluka Vukojevic and Pletikosa react after goal scored by Ireland during Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Ireland fans cheer during Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Croatia's Corluka and Ireland's Doyle fight for ball during their Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Croatia's fans celebrate their first goal against Ireland during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Croatia's Rakitic controls ball during Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland in Poznan. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic is challenged by Ireland's St Ledger during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Croatia's Jelavic scores a goal past Ireland's goalkeeper Given during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Croatia's Jelavic and Croatia's Srna celebrate scoring during their Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at City stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Ireland's coach Trapattoni watches Croatia's Jelavic celebrate goal during Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Croatia's Jelavic scores goal during Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Ireland's Keane reacts after Croatia scored a goal during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

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Croatia's players celebrate their third goal against Ireland during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the City Stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates goal with team mates during Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Croatia's Mandzukic scores their third goal against Ireland during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Ireland's goalkeeper Given reacts after Croatia's third goal during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

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Ireland's goalkeeper Given reacts after Croatia scored their third goal during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the City stadium in Poznan,. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Ireland's St Ledger holds jerjey of Croatia's Mandzukic as they fight for ball during their Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

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Ireland's Keane appeals for penalty after tackle from Croatia's Schildenfeld in penalty box during Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Ireland's goalkeeper Given reacts during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Croatia's Schildenfeld, Corluka and Ireland's Keane watch as Croatia's goalkeeper Pletikosa makes a save during their Euro 2012 soccer match at City stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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Ireland player lies on pitch after Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS

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Croatia's goalkeeper Pletikosa and Dujmovic with the team mates celebrate victory during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Ireland at the City stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

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