Spain 4-0 Ireland – UEFA Euro Group C Match Recap
Fernando Torres gives his team the 3-0 lead.
The reemergence of a striker on Spain’s starting lineup proved to be the catalyst for La Roja’s dominance against Ireland. Head coach Vicente Del Bosque, after much criticism for his lineup against Italy, started Fernando Torres to face the Irish.
Though Irishman Simon Cox started the game with an early chance, Spain began in their usual rhythm: with effortless passing and comfortable control of the midfield. Fernando Torres rewarded Del Bosque’s inclusion in the 4th minute by taking advantage of a loose ball after a tackle against David Silva.
Irish striker Simon Cox.
Ireland were unable to emulate the Spanish armada despite their efforts to move their forward line, getting caught napping on several close occasions for a Spain that pressed throughout the entire first half.
David Silva’s 49th minute goal spelled disaster for the Boys in Green, having conceded two goals early in both halves. The Irish battled endlessly throughout the entire game, though their efforts seemed futile with Spain completely in control of possession.
David Silva getting past the Irish defense.
Torres, performing much like he did in the Euro 2008 squad, received a brilliant pass from Silva and scored his second goal of the match. He was then substituted by Cesc Fábregas just two minutes later, who scored a superb goal for the Spanish in the 83rd.
Cesc Fábregas (right) angles the ball to score.
Spain’s extremely composed performance gave them a comfortable match and the confidence to not only dominate possession, but also the scoreline. Unfortunately for Ireland, this game ends their run in the 2012 European Championship.
Stephen Ward (left) and Sean St Ledger (right).
Man of the Match: Fernando Torres, for scoring two goals.
Dud of the Match: Stephen Ward, for allowing just too many chances for the Spanish side.