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Spain and Italy reach quarterfinals

19 June 2012, 09:24

Defending champions Spain on Monday beat Croatia 1-0, ending Balkan dreams of a Euro 2012 knock-out berth, as Italy ran out 2-0 winners against the Republic of Ireland to qualify in second spot in Group C.

Vicente Del Bosque and Slaven Bilic's sides were goalless in Gdansk at halftime in a lacklustre affair from which Spain only needed a draw to top the group and go through.

But with Italy leading in the other game, top spot for La Roja looked uncertain until substitute Jesus Navas linked up with Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and the Sevilla man crashed the ball into an empty net as the Croatian defence looked on.

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