Top 10 Euro 2012 conclusions: Croatia 0-1 Spain
1. Spain delivered the ultimate ‘up yours’ to us all. After 87 minutes of sniping about their lack of penetration and subsequent lack of a striker, they literally walked it into the net.
2. The reigning champions did look precarious at one point. Fortunately, they had Jesus (Navas) to be their saviour.
3. It’s probably better for our sanity that this group was settled fair and square on points, and without the need for
head-to-heads or any of that malarkey.
4. Croatians love flares. Mark Bright does not. The BBC co-commentator was outraged at being searched on his way into the stadium, only for the commoners to sneak fireworks in.
5. Mark Bright does not know the difference between David Silva and David Villa.
6. This Uefa penalty clampdown is working a treat. Sergio Ramos got away with what looked a definite penalty to OTP after a rash challenge. Even Ashley Young would struggle to win you a penalty at this tournament.
7. Fernando Torres was let down by his trusty lucky colour, blue, and was no longer a world beater. He’s now hoping to book a morale-boosting private training session with Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger.
8. Ivan Rakitic is destined to spend the night pondering what might had been had he headed the gilt-edged chance he was gifted by Luka Modric into the ground instead of straight at Iker Casillas.
9. After dropping him, Spain brought Cescy back – and he was instrumental in creating their winner.
10. Spain topping the group also ensures a fair race in the Group D matches tomorrow. At one point it looked like it was going to become the group nobody would want to win.