Spain and Italy confirmed their heavyweight reputations at the European Championship on Monday, advancing to the quarterfinals after winning their final group matches.
Defending champion Spain sealed top spot in Group C by beating Croatia, 1-0, in Gdansk, Poland, on a late goal by substitute Jesus Navas.
Navas, who replaced Fernando Torres, struck in the 88th, tapping into an empty net.
In Poznan, Poland, Mario Balotelli came off the bench to score Italy's second goal in a 2-0 victory against Ireland, lifting the Azzurri above Croatia in the standings. Antonio Cassano opened the scoring, continuing his impressive recovery from minor heart surgery in midseason to score with a header in the 35th minute.