Spain take on Ireland on Thursday 14th June, 2012, with kickoff at 19:45. This match is currently being shown LIVE on ITV1.
In the first round of matches Croatia made it very clear that Ireland are the group whipping boys, and as a result the Spanish manager will know this game is essentially a must-win for them. Ireland are in the impossible situation of knowing they must beat a far superior side just to have a hope of making the latter stages, and how the defensive system of Trapattoni will be changed to accommodate this dreadful necessity will be interesting to watch.
Of course, Ireland may just shut up at the back and play on the break, in which case this could be a very long evening for the men in green.
Spain v Ireland is LIVE on ITV1.