Conditions likely to favour Spain


Euro 2012:It appears Giovanni Trapattoni can add meteorology to his long list of talents, for the rain has drifted into Gdansk just in time to grease the pitch at the PGE Arena ahead of tonight’s second Euro 2012 Group C game against Spain (7.45pm Irish time).

After Spanish complaints about the state of the pitch last Sunday, the Italian was asked yesterday whether he would agree to surface getting a watering – he has every right not to - and he deflected the question with a weather forecast that rendered the point moot.

He was also asked for a team but that was not forthcoming, for the first time in his four year tenure, leading many to speculate what he has up his sleeve.

Rumours were abound this morning and afternoon that Simon Cox would be drafted into the starting line between captain Robbie Keane and the usual midfield. That word came from a reputable source but the nature of the change has still made some sceptical as to whether the Italian would depart that far from his well-worn script.