Going up against a hardworking Ireland team, Croatia jumped out to a quick start. After dealing with a siege for most of the first half, the Croatians came back strong in the second and dominated.
Croatia's attack was in form, and the team scored three goals for the efforts. The Republic of Ireland played well, but their defense couldn't hold up against the striker tandem of Nikica Jelavic and Mario Mandzukic.
Croatia is in the driver's seat in Group C, and they are in great shape to advance. These five players are the biggest reason why.