Bernie’s Sports Focus

Friday, 15 Jun 2012, 13:57


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Euro 2012
The Republic of Ireland were knocked out of Euro 2012 after getting a lesson in world class football from Spain
Just as in their opening game against Croatia, Ireland went behind inside four minutes when Fernando Torres rifled a volley past Shay Given.

David Silva made it 2-0 just after the break, Torres added another and Cesc Fabregas made it 4-0 to move Spain top of Group C  with Croatia to come on Monday.

The Irish dream may have ended but their supporters have done themselves and their country proud.
Italy are not out of the woods yet after being held to 1-1 draw by Croatia.

Andrea Pirlo’s first half free-kick gave Italy the lead but Mario Mandzukic’s second half equalizer means that Italy now need a big win against Ireland and hope that Spain do not drop any points against Croatia.

England must beat Sweden tonight to give themselves a chance of reaching the last eight.

England have not managed to do that in any tournament and with just a point from their opening match against France, they cannot afford to slip-up tonight.

With Wayne Rooney still suspended, Andy Carroll looks set to start tonight, alongside Danny Wellbeck up front.
Group D leaders Ukraine will be looking to maintain top spot when they take on France at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk tonight.

France have never lost to Ukraine but they have also failed to win any of their previous two gmaes against the host countries at European Championship finals.

Moto GP
It’s the British Moto GP this weekend  from Silverstone with Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner again expected to be the main challengers.

Britain’s Cal Crutchlow could mount a serious bid for a podium place. The Tech 3 rider has enjoyed a good start to the season and in front of his home fans will be aiming to be among the top three on Sunday.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy had a poor opening round on day one of the US Open from the Olympic Club in California.

A one-under par round for Tiger Woods leaves him just shots off the lead.

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