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Dublin: 9°C Monday 12 April 2021

The Morning Score: Monday

Everything you need to know by 9am, except how to act like you haven’t been crying.

Ireland fans at the game last night.
Ireland fans at the game last night.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

Every morning brings you the stories you need to know before your first cup of coffee.

1. #EURO2012 Ireland lost their European championships opener 3-1 to a superior Croatia side last night, with with Mario Mandzukic scoring two. Sean St Ledger equalised for the Irish while Everton striker Nikica Jelavic also got on the scoresheet.

Trap reckons we can still qualify however. Here’s how the night looked in pictures and here’s how we rated the lads.

2. #GAA Cork will face Clare in the Munster SFC final, after the Rebels beat provincial rivals Kerry on Leeside yesterday. Conor Counihan’s side ran out 0-17 to 0-15 winners at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, sending the Kingdom into a circuitous backroor route. Elsewhere, Tyrone won a thrilling Ulster SFC clash against Armagh at the Athletic Grounds. Here’s how it unfolded.

Meath will have to face off against Leinster rivals Carlow next Saturday evening in Tullamore after they were held to an unlikely draw.

3. #EURO2012 In the earlier game, Ireland Group C rivals Spain and Italy played out a thrilling 1-1 draw.

Antonio Di Natale drew first blood for Italy on 60 minutes, coming off the bench to put his side ahead. But only four minutes later Cesc Fabregas equalised to ensure Spain ended up with a share of the spoils in Gdansk. This evening, England kick off their title bid against France before Sweden face co-hosts Ukraine.

4. #RUGBY Keith Earls’ tour of New Zealand is over. The Munster man picked up a pectoral muscle injury in the first match on Saturday. We’ll have more from the camp today, with our man Patrick McCarry on the ground.

5. #CYCLING Bradley Wiggins won his second successive Criterium du Dauphine title in France on Sunday and in doing so became just the third cyclist to win both the Duphine and Paris-Nice races in the same season.

6. #GOLF Dustin Johnson won the St Jude Classic last night in his second event back on tour after a back injury cost him nearly three months, shooting a 4-under 66 that held off John Merrick by a stroke. Johnson began the final round two strokes back and held a piece of the lead three different times.

He won his sixth career title with consecutive birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 and finished 9-under 271. Rory McIlroy had a two-stroke lead all to himself after four birdies through 11 holes and appeared headed to the win. But he finished with two bogeys then his first double bogey in two trips to Memphis on No. 18.

7. #ROLAND GARROS The French open final will resume this morning after rain halted play in Paris yesterday. At the time of the postponement Rafa Nadal led Novak Djokovic by two sets to one, with the Serb narrowly ahead in the fourth set – 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 1-2.

In pictures: Ireland humbled by Croatia in Poznan

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