EURO 2012 LIVE: Final Group C matches

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WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Defending champion Spain beat Croatia 1-0 with a late goal, while Italy beat Ireland 2-0 in the final Group C matches at the European Championship. Both teams advanced to the last eight, with the Spanish topping the group.

Here is a running account of Monday’s action. All times are local to Poland.

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2245: So Group C has been resolved and Tuesday will see the last two places in the knockout stage of the competition accounted for from Group D. England plays co-host Ukraine while France takes on Sweden, who are already out of the competition. England, Ukraine and France can all still qualify, but Ukraine knows only a win will do and all eyes will be on national idol Andriy Shevchenko to lead the side to victory. The group winner will take on Italy while the runner up will face defending champion Spain.

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2243: Balotelli started to shout something when he scored Italy’s second but a teammate swiftly put his hand over the controversial striker’s mouth. Whatever it was, it must have been controversial.

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2242: So Spain goes through as winner of Group C and Italy is the runner up. Italy deserved to win, while Spain was pushed all the way by Croatia, who will look back upon Srna’s missed header as the best chance to have taken something from the game. That was Bilic’s last match taking charge of the Croatian national team.

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2238: FULL-TIME: Croatia 0, Spain 1.

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2237: FULL-TIME: Italy 2, Ireland 0

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2237: With his back to goal, Balotelli twists and volleys goalwards from a delivery on the right and Given does not stand a chance.

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