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Spain turn on style to eliminate Ireland

Published: Thursday 14 June 2012, 22.48CET
Spain 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Fernando Torres scored twice and David Silva and Cesc Fàbregas also found the net as the holders went top of Group C – and eliminated the Irish.
by Paul Bryan
from Arena Gdansk

Match statistics

SpainRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored4
 
0
Possession (%)66
 
34
Total attempts26
 
6
Attempts on target20
 
4
Attempts off target6
 
2
Attempts blocked5
 
2
Attempts against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
2
Offsides6
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
16
Fouls suffered15
 
9

Standings

Last updated: 12/02/2013 17:13 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 14 June 2012, 22.48CET

Spain turn on style to eliminate Ireland

Spain 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Fernando Torres scored twice and David Silva and Cesc Fàbregas also found the net as the holders went top of Group C – and eliminated the Irish.

Spain's chances of extending their European title defence beyond the group stage increased after Vicente del Bosque's side earned a comfortable 4-0 triumph over a Republic of Ireland team whose own hopes of advancing ended as a result of a second successive defeat.

La Roja – who picked up a point in their opening Group C match against Italy – largely dominated proceedings at the Arena Gdansk and a 15th victory in their last 16 competitive outings came courtesy of a Fernando Torres goal in each half with David Silva and substitute Cesc Fàbregas adding further strikes.

Both teams featured just one change to their lineups from the opening encounters against Italy and Croatia respectively and both players in question were immediately involved as the rain teemed down in Gdansk. Forward Simon Cox – in for Kevin Doyle – raised Irish hopes in the opening stages with a fine left-footed drive from distance that Iker Casillas opted to parry. Shortly afterwards, however, it was Torres who demonstrated his finishing prowess as he repaid his coach for a place in the team ahead of Fàbregas.

Giovanni Trapattoni had previously bemoaned Ireland's bad start to proceedings in Poznan four days earlier when Mario Mandžukić put victorious Croatia a goal ahead after just three minutes and he will have been just as displeased this time with Torres netting in the fourth.

The Carlsberg Man of the Match in the 1-1 draw with Italy, Andrés Iniesta picked out Silva with a slick pass along the surface and despite the Manchester City FC forward running into Richard Dunne's challenge, Torres reacted immediately to force the loose ball wide of Stephen Ward before unleashing a powerful shot that flew high past Shay Given's reach.

There was to be no let-up as the world and European champions went in search of a second, passing and moving their way into the final third. Silva drew another save from Given with an effort from the edge of the area while Torres almost added a second when skewing Sergio Busquets' knock-down at the far post wide of the target.

Gerard Piqué got in the way of a Keith Andrews effort as the half progressed but that was as good as it got for the Irish as Spain continued to dictate proceedings. The pattern remained the same after the restart, Spain doubling their advantage with Silva guiding home after Given had parried Iniesta's drive from the left straight to him.

Given then made a flying save to deny Xavi Hernández shortly afterwards but Spain were not long away from a third and it was Torres who slotted home his 30th international goal after the No9 was sent through by Silva. Fàbregas then completed the scoring with a thumping finish after collecting the ball from a corner to cap a miserable night for the Irish, the first team eliminated at this EURO. While they end their campaign with a game against Italy on Monday, Spain will look to make sure of their progress against Croatia.

Last updated: 25/09/14 4.55CET

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Lineups

Spain

Spain

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK) (C)
1
GivenShay Given (GK)
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
2
St LedgerSean St Ledger
Yellow Card84
6
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution80
3
WardStephen Ward
8
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
4
O'SheaJohn O'Shea
9
TorresFernando Torres
Goal4
Goal70
Substitution74
5
DunneRichard Dunne
14
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
Yellow Card54
Substitution65
6
WhelanGlenn Whelan
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution80
15
RamosSergio Ramos
7
McGeadyAiden McGeady
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
8
AndrewsKeith Andrews
17
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
10
KeaneRobbie Keane (C)
Yellow Card36
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
11
DuffDamien Duff
Substitution76
21
SilvaDavid Silva
Goal49
20
CoxSimon Cox
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
Víctor ValdésVíctor Valdés (GK)
16
WestwoodKeiren Westwood (GK)
23
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
23
FordeDavid Forde (GK)
2
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
9
DoyleKevin Doyle
4
Javi MartínezJavi Martínez
Substitution65
Yellow Card76
12
KellyStephen Kelly
5
JuanfranJuanfran
13
McShanePaul McShane
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
14
WaltersJon Walters
Substitution46
10
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution74
Goal83
15
GibsonDarron Gibson
11
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
17
HuntStephen Hunt
13
Juan MataJuan Mata
18
O'DeaDarren O'Dea
19
LlorenteFernando Llorente
19
LongShane Long
20
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Substitution80
21
GreenPaul Green
Substitution80
22
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
22
McCleanJames McClean
Substitution76

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Giovanni Trapattoni (ITA)

Referee

Pedro Proença (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)

Fourth official

Marcin Borski (POL)

Additional assistant referees

Manuel De Sousa (POR), Duarte Gomes (POR)

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