Beaten by Croatia in their UEFA EURO 2012 Group C opener, the Republic of Ireland could not have tougher opponents in a match they cannot afford to lose – holders Spain.
However, Jon Walters and Shay Given tell UEFA.com that they remain optimistic, with the striker promising Ireland will "give it a right go" and the goalkeeper taking heart from Italy's success in holding Spain 1-1. As for the defending champions, Javi Martínez knows they face a difficult time against a team that are "very strong physically" with "impressive" fans.
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