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Spain 4 – Ireland 0

Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres – Killed Off Ireland(Photo: Wikipedia)

Group C:
Spain vs Republic of Ireland (4:0)
Municipal Stadium, Gdansk.

For all their pre-match bravado, poor Ireland allowed Fernando Torres to look the business as he wriggled away from a group of defenders across the middle of the Irish penalty area and fired the ball past Shay Given on the near post.

The World United Through Football Spain 1 – Republic of Ireland 0 (4 mins)

Ireland worked so hard to try and win the ball off Spain that they were too tired to do anything with it when they did; effectively giving possession back to  their tormentors.

Ireland can think themselves lucky that Spain couldn’t add to that lead over the next forty minutes though.

Half-time: Spain 1 – Republic of Ireland 0

Ireland would need to keep it tight and score a goal in the next forty-five minutes if they were to avoid being the first casualty of Euro 2012.

Unfortunately, Shay Given didn’t read the script and within three minutes of the restart was punching the ball out to David Silva.

The World United Through Football Spain 2 – Republic of Ireland 0
Silva didn’t panic under pressure from three Irish defenders; put his foot on the ball to slow down time and pick his spot, then side-footed the ball through the three defenders and under Given’s hand.

The World United Through Football Spain 3 – Republic of Ireland 0
In the 70th minute Fernando Torres ended Ireland’s slender hopes of moving on in this tournament. Job done; done and dusted.

Fernando Torres was denied the chance of an International hat-trick when he was replaced by Cesc Fàbregas.

The World United Through Football Spain 4 – Republic of Ireland 0
Ireland may have lost a little concentration, but Fàbregas showed real determination when he powered his shot in off the far post to increase Spain’s tally.

The four goals helps Spain’s goal difference, should they draw with Croatia and Italy beat Ireland.

Final Score: Spain 4 – Republic of Ireland 0

Teams

Travel to Spain
1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 3-Gerard Piqué, 18-Jordi Alba, 17-Álvaro Arbeloa; 16-Sergio Busquets, 14-Xabi Alonso, 8-Xavi; 6-Andrés Iniesta, 9-Fernando Torres, 21-David Silva.

Travel to Ireland
1-Shay Given; 2-Sean St. Ledger, 5-Richard Dunne, 3-Stephen Ward, 4-John O’Shea; 8-Keith Andrews, 6-Glenn Whelan, 7-Aiden McGeady, 11-Damien Duff; 20-Simon Cox, 10-Robbie Keane.

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June 14, 2012 - Posted by | Euro 2012, Ireland, Match Reports, Spain | , , , ,

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