Euro 2012 Croatia V Spain: Winners and Losers in Spanish Victory in Group C

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Euro 2012 Croatia V Spain: Winners and Losers in Spanish Victory in Group C
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No surprise, Spain beat Croatia. We all saw that coming, right?

The reigning champs finished atop their group and are now well on their way to retaining their title. Right?

They should steamroll a France team that just got beaten by Sweden, right?

Spain may have finished on top of the second-hardest group in the Euros, but they hardly look like the same side that won the 2008 Euros and the 2010 World Cup.

Their match against Croatia was typical, in that it required lots of patience to break down a defensive formation relying on a counter attack, but their weaknesses were more exposed than they would have liked.

Going forward, Spain should not be considered clear favorites.

Any team in the tournament can beat this side so long as they stay disciplined on defense and take advantage of the chances that Spain will surely allow in the second half.

With that said, here are the winners and losers from Spain's Group C, match-day three victory over Croatia.

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