By Tom Robin, EnStarz | Jun 18, 2012 02:22 PM EDT
Croatia and Spain play each other in Euro 2012 Group C Monday, with both teams knowing if they get a 2-2 draw they would both progress to the quarter finals. The game can be watched live on ESPN or through online live streaming on ESPN 3 (details below).
Conspiracy theorists have already begun accusing the two sides of "planning" or "agreeing" a result, however, that's a little far fetched, and especially anyone who knows Croatia manager Slaven Bilic would know how much he would love his side to get one over the World and European champions.
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Slaven Bilic has said, "It's out of the question we would agree a result with Spain. To claim the contrary is an insult."
Croatia love the big games and have taken pride in defeating Italy as well as Germany twice in major tournaments. Bilic also enjoyed defeating England in qualifications for Euro 2008, and in fact beat them at Wembley despite the fact that they had already qualified and had nothing to play for. It's sure Bilic would love to add Spain's name to the casualty list.
It is also absurd to think the World and European champions would feel the need to come to a deal against Croatia; they are confident against any opposition and will not be fearful of Croatia.
However, Spain will be very aware that if they do lose the game today they are likely to be on the way home. Italy are hot favorites to beat Ireland in the other Group C game today, and Ireland have been destroyed in both their opening two games. There's no reason to believe Italy will stumble against them today. Making this encounter even more exciting. It is likely whoever loses out of Spain and Croatia will be knocked out.
Spain vs. Croatia will kick off at 2.45 p.m. EST and can be watched live on ESPN, and online through live stream on ESPN 3 by clicking HERE.
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