Spain 4 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Match info: European Championships - Group C at Arena Gdansk

Date: 14/06/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: P Proenca Att: 36,572

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Fernando Torres 4,70
David Silva 49
Cesc Fabregas 83


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  • It's all over and Republic of Ireland's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals are over after a comprehensive 4-0 defeat by Spain, who are now well placed to progress from Group C after this dominant performance in Gdansk.

  • There will be three minutes of stoppage time to be played before Ireland are finally put out of their misery.

  • Let's hope the Irish players give a performance their fans deserve against Italy in their final group game, even if it's meaningless in terms of progression.

  • Both sides are going through the motions now as the clock ticks down towards full time.

  • Fabregas twists and turns on the right wing before McClean slides in with a stong challenge to win the ball.

  • The Irish may have been well beaten on the field tonight but their supporters are at least winning the singing contest in the stands with just as much ease.

  • St Leger is booked after bringing down Silva in midfield.

  • Ireland can't get the ball out of their box at the moment and I suppose at this late stage you can't blame them for letting their heads drop.

  • Spain are turning the screw even tighter during the final stages of this match and will continue to look for another goal or two.

  • GOAL FABREGAS - Silva takes the corner short to Fabregas, who takes a couple of touches inside the box before blasting an unstoppable shot past a helpless Given.

  • Cazorla's curling effort from the edge of the box looks destined for the bottom corner but Given's great save turns it wide.

  • Ireland make their third and final substitution of the night with Paul Green coming on for Whelan.

  • Spain make a change with Iniesta making way for Santi Cazorla.

  • An ambitious Xavi goes for goal but his curling effort is always going over the bar.

  • Silva's heels are clipped around 30 yards out and Spain have a free-kick.

  • James McClean makes his first competitive appearance for Ireland as he comes on to replace Duff.

  • Martinez is booked after an unnecessarily strong lunge on Whelan in midfield.

  • A clean shot at goal for Ireland at last as Keane's effort from the left side of the box is saved by Casillas.

  • The Spanish fans are on their feet to applaud Torres, who leaves the field to be replaced by Cesc Fabregas.

  • Spain have also answered some of their critics tonight following the disappointing performance against Italy last time out and the impact of Torres has made a big difference.


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