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Ireland and Croatia fans getting ready for their big game tonight. Photo Reuters

Ireland and Croatia fans getting ready for their big game tonight. Photo Reuters

An Irish supporter reacts before the Euro 2012 soccer match between Ireland and Croatia in Poznan

An Irish supporter reacts before the Euro 2012 soccer match between Ireland and Croatia in Poznan

An Irish supporter looks on

An Irish supporter looks on

An Irish supporter jumps over a large flag before the match

An Irish supporter jumps over a large flag before the match

An Irish supporter

An Irish supporter

A Croatian supporter holds a large flag as he cheers

A Croatian supporter holds a large flag as he cheers

Croatian supporters walk under a large flag

Croatian supporters walk under a large flag

Irish supporters

Irish supporters

A Croatian supporter shouts

A Croatian supporter shouts

Ireland's team supporter cheers

Ireland's team supporter cheers

Ireland's team supporters cheer

Ireland's team supporters cheer

An Croatian fan adjusts his sunglasses

An Croatian fan adjusts his sunglasses

Ireland fans with their faces painted in the Irish colours cheer

Ireland fans with their faces painted in the Irish colours cheer

Ireland fans with their faces painted in the Irish colours cheer

Ireland fans with their faces painted in the Irish colours cheer

Ireland's coach Giovanni Trapattoni watches his players before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia

Ireland's coach Giovanni Trapattoni watches his players before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match against Croatia

Croatia's team players pose before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match

Croatia's team players pose before their Group C Euro 2012 soccer match

Ireland's national soccer players line-up for a team photo

Ireland's national soccer players line-up for a team photo

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (blue shirt) scores against Ireland

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (blue shirt) scores against Ireland

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (L) scores past Ireland's Shay Given (R) as Ireland's John O'Shea (2nd L) and Keith Andrews (3rd L) look on

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (L) scores past Ireland's Shay Given (R) as Ireland's John O'Shea (2nd L) and Keith Andrews (3rd L) look on

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (R) celebrates his scoring with the team mates on the bench

Croatia's Mario Mandzukic (R) celebrates his scoring with the team mates on the bench

Croatia's Vedran Corluka (R) lies on the ground as Ireland's Sean St Ledger celebrates scoring

Croatia's Vedran Corluka (R) lies on the ground as Ireland's Sean St Ledger celebrates scoring

Ireland's Sean St Ledger (3rd R) celebrates his goal with team mates

Ireland's Sean St Ledger (3rd R) celebrates his goal with team mates

Croatia's Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Ognjen Vukojevic and goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa (L-R) react after the goal scored by Ireland's Sean St Ledger

Croatia's Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Ognjen Vukojevic and goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa (L-R) react after the goal scored by Ireland's Sean St Ledger

Ireland supporters cheer

Ireland supporters cheer

Croatia's Vedran Corluka (L) and Ireland's Kevin Doyle fight for ball

Croatia's Vedran Corluka (L) and Ireland's Kevin Doyle fight for ball

Croatia's fans celebrate

Croatia's fans celebrate

Croatia's Nikica Jelavic shoots to score a goal

Croatia's Nikica Jelavic shoots to score a goal

Croatia's Nikica Jelavic celebrates after scoring a goal

Croatia's Nikica Jelavic celebrates after scoring a goal

Ireland's coach Giovanni Trapattoni (R) reacts as Croatia's Nikica Jelavic (C) celebrates his goal

Ireland's coach Giovanni Trapattoni (R) reacts as Croatia's Nikica Jelavic (C) celebrates his goal

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Ireland and Croatia fans getting ready for their big game tonight. Photo Reuters

The moment of truth has arrived, as Ireland take on Croatia in Poznan, on the first step of their Euro 2012 odyssey.

Will Trapattoni’s never-say-die warriors get the result they need to take into the Spanish game?

Follow PJ Cunningham’s live blog, join the debate - and you pick your man of the match. It all kicks-off at 7.15pm, Sunday.

And remember ... you'll never beat the Irish.