Spain v Republic of Ireland EURO 2012 Highlights Video, Match Report

Watch EURO 2012 Spain v Republic of Ireland Highlights, Match Report, Goal Video and Photos Played at Venue: PGE Arena, Gdansk; Date: Thursday, 14 June 2012.
Fernando Torres scored twice as Spain knocked Republic of Ireland out of Euro 2012 with a dominant display.

Spain v Republic of Ireland EURO 2012 Match Report

Champions Spain thrash Ireland to top group. Defending champions Spain are on course for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after their 4-0 thrashing of Ireland on Thursday put them top of Group C with the Irish bowing out.

For all their endeavour in defence, Ireland struggled constantly to cope with the torrent of Spanish attacks as Chelsea's Fernando Torres proved he is back to his best with two clinically-taken goals.

Having decided the Euro 2008 final with the winning goal against Germany, Torres netted either side of Manchester City's David Silva second-half strike before his replacement Cesc Fabregas added the fourth seven minutes from time.

With 66 percent ball possession, 26 shots on goal, 20 of which were on target, Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given had a busy night as Spain dominated while Ireland managed just six shots on goal in total.

Fernando Torres scores the opening goal for Spain.
The win puts Spain top of the group on goal difference and level on four points with second-placed Croatia, who Vicente del Bosque's world champions face here at Arena Gdansk again on Monday.

Having suffered their second defeat after losing 3-1 to Croatia on Sunday, Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland will exit after the group stages.

Italy, who drew 1-1 with Croatia earlier, have two points in third and can still progress if they beat Ireland in Poznan, Poland, the same day, but the Azzurri are reliant on either Spain or Croatia winning in Gdansk.

Spain had complained to UEFA about the dry condition of the Gdansk pitch during Sunday's 1-1 draw with Italy as Fabregas labeled it "a disaster", but heavy rain during Thursday's match made the issue null and void.

Having used a 4-3-3 formation against Italy without a recognised striker, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque elected to start Torres at the expense of Barcelona's Fabregas.

Silva with style The Chelsea star rewarded the faith with the opening goal after just four minutes.

With Spain on the attack, Ireland defender Richard Dunne tackled Silva on the edge of the area, but Torres pounced on the loose ball and drilled his shot past Given from a tight angle.

Trapatonni brought on Stoke City's Jon Walters for Simon Cox up front at half-time, but there was no stemming the tide of Spanish attacks.

A long-range shot from Iniesta was parried by Given, but fell into Silva's path, who jinked his way around defenders to roll his shot calmly past Given four minutes after the break.

After Given pulled off more heroics to deny Xavi Hernandez's corner shot, Ireland lifted their tempo with a series of attacks as Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas was pressed into service.

The threatened third goal came when Silva released Torres, who raced away from Dunne and slotted home his shot on 70 minutes to give Given no chance before the Spaniard made way for Fabregas four minutes later.

The Barcelona star, who scored the equaliser against Italy, again showed his class as he drilled home his shot from a tight angle for Spain's fourth.

3:49' Fernando Torres scores goal video - Spain 1 - 0 R Ireland

Richard Dunne tackled David Silva on the edge of the box and Torres was first to pick up the loose ball, taking it past Stephen Ward before blasting high shot past Shay Given.

48:12' David Silva scores goal video - Spain 2 - 0 R Ireland

A goal is scored by David Silva from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal.

69:50' Fernando Torres scores goal video - Spain 3 - 0 R Ireland

Silva stole possession in midfield and immediately bisected the Irish defence to play Torres in, who calmly found the bottom corner with a right-foot shot.

82:04' Francesc Fabregas scores goal video - Spain 4 - 0 R Ireland

Fabregas picks the ball up from a short corner, evades his marker and then rockets a right-foot shot in off the far post. Superb goal.

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