I only saw the last 15 minutes of this game and in those 15 minutes Croatia were the better and more pressing team. I heard though that Italy were by far the better side in the first half, so I guess a 1 – 1 scoreline is a fair result for both teams. If Spain win their game against Ireland later tonight, Italy will also have to win their final game against that same Ireland to progress.

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's players pose for a team photo before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's coach Bilic reacts before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Gordon Schildenfeld and Italy's Mario Balotelli fight for the ball during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at ctiy stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Match referee Howard Webb from England reacts during the Group C Euro 2012 soccer match Italy vs. Croatia at city stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Cassano is challenged by Croatia's Srna during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Pirlo is challenged by Croatia's Jelavic during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Jelavic is tackled by Italy's Chiellini during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Balotelli challenges Croatia's Vukojevic during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan . DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's goalkeeper Buffon reacts during game against Croatia at their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Balotelli reacts during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Jelavic tries to score against Italy's goalkeeper Buffon during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Cassano battles for the ball with Croatia's Perisic during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's coach Prandelli instructs players during game against Croatia at their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Pirlo and Cassano argue with referee Webb of Britain as Croatia's Vukojevic lies on the pitch during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Andrea Pirlo shoots to score a goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Pirlo shoots to score a goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa fails to make a save during game against Italy at their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's players celebrate goal by Andrea Pirlo (not pictured) against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Pirlo celebrates after scoring a goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Pirlo celebrates his goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. SERGIO PEREZ/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's players react after Italy's Pirlo scored a goal during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's goalkeeper Buffon celebrates a goal against Croatia during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Marchisio is challenged by Croatia's Srna, Schildenfeld and Corluka during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's goalkeeper Buffon makes a save during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Cassano is challenged by Croatia's Schildenfeld and Corluka during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Steward removes a flare from the pitch next to Croatia's Vukojevic during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Buffon reacts in a cloud of flares smoke during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Referee Howard Webb and players react as Italy's Thiago Motta lies on the pitch after being injured during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

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

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates with Jelavic after scoring a goal against Italy's Buffon during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. PETR JOSEK/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring a goal against Italy during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Mandzukic celebrates with Srna after scoring a goal against Italy during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Cassano battles for the ball with Croatia's Corluka and Rakitic during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at city stadium in Poznan. TONY GENTILE/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's De Rossi heads the ball with Croatia's Eduardo during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's Mandzukic reacts as he is carried off on a stretcher next to Pranjic during their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Croatia's players greet supporters after their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Italy at city stadium in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's Pirlo reacts next to his team mates Chiellini and Maggio at the end of their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia at the city stadium in Poznan. DOMINIC EBENBICHLER/REUTERS

Euro 2012: Italy vs Croatia

Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and Croatia's goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa gesture at the end of their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match in Poznan. BARTOSZ JANKOWSKI/REUTERS

Jun 14, 2012