Fernando Torres has called upon his Spanish team-mates to ensure progress to the quarter finals of Euro 2012 with victory over Croatia in Gdansk this evening.
Spain have so far accrued four points from two games and are in pole position to qualify top from Group C, and a draw could be enough to set up a showdown with either France or England in the knockout stages.
Torres was a substitute in Spain’s first game of the tournament, a 1-1 draw with Italy, but earned a starting spot against the Republic of Ireland and rewarded manager Vicente del Bosque's faith by bagging a brace in a 4-0 win.
Now Croatia, also on four points, stand in the way of Spain’s attempt to defend their Euro crown and move one step closer to becoming the first international side to win three consecutive major tournaments.
However Torres cites the example of Russia, who looked to be on course to top Group A but were dumped out of the tournament with defeat in their final game to Greece earlier this week, and the Chelsea man says Spain must be careful not to underestimate Croatia tonight.
'The result Russia had is a good wake-up call for us and all of the teams that we need to win the last group game,' he told Chelseafc.com.
'Even with six points (from your opening two games) you can go out.'
Croatia could progress this evening with a draw at the expense of Italy who face Ireland, although a win against the reigning champions would definitely secure their place on the quarter finals.
Torres says he is fully aware of the threat posed by Slaven Bilic’s side, but says Spain will have faith in their usual gameplan.
'Croatia need to win as well and we have watched videos of them and are aware of their strengths and know how to approach the game,' said the 28-year-old.
'We believe we can play our football and win the game but it's important to respect the opponent.'
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