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Croatia beats Ireland 3-1 at Euro 2012
2 goals from Mandzukic help Croatia beat Ireland 3-1 in Group C at European Championship
By The Associated Press

POZNAN, Poland (AP) ' Mario Mandzukic scored two goals Sunday to help Croatia beat Ireland 3-1 in Group C of the European Championship.

Croatia took the lead in the third minute when Mandzukic looped a header past a diving Shay Given, but Ireland tied it in the 19th when Sean St. Ledger headed in Aiden McGeady's free kick from the left side.

Nikica Jelavic put Croatia back in front in the 43rd minute after Ireland failed to clear a corner kick. This was his first goal in a competitive match since he made his international debut in 2009.



Mandzukic struck again in the 48th after his header from Ivan Perisic's cross bounced off the post and then into the net off Given's head.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

POZNAN, Poland (AP) ' Mario Mandzukic scored two goals Sunday to help Croatia beat Ireland 3-1 in Group C of the European Championship.

Croatia took the lead in the third minute when Mandzukic looped a header past a diving Shay Given, but Ireland tied it in the 19th when Sean St. Ledger headed in Aiden McGeady's free kick from the right side.

Nikica Jelavic put Croatia back in front in the 43rd minute after Ireland failed to clear a corner kick. This was his first goal in a competitive match since he made his international debut in 2009.

Mandzukic struck again in the 48th after his header from Ivan Perisic's cross bounced off the post and then into the net off Given's head.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects 2nd paragraph to show kick was from left side. Will be updated. This story is part of AP's general news and sports services.)


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