Spain vs. Republic of Ireland: Rating the Spanish Players in Group C

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Spain vs. Republic of Ireland: Rating the Spanish Players in Group C
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Fernando Torres and Sergio Ramos (Spain)

Spain and the Republic of Ireland are facing each other in Group C of Euro 2012 in what will not be an easy task for either team.

Spain faced Italy in its maiden Group C match on June 10 and wound up with a disappointing draw.

The Republic of Ireland faced Croatia on the same day and suffered a humiliating defeat.

I will rate the Spanish players based on their performance against Italy to get an idea of how they might fare against Ireland. Their grades will also be affected by Italian striker Mario Balotelli, whose unsportsmanlike behavior during the game was completely uncalled for.

Let's take a look at how the reigning Euro 2008 and World Cup winners did.

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