The Irish will be jigging their way out of the European tournament after a 4-nil loss to Spain.
The defending champs made a bold statement in their lineup by starting Fernando Torres. Yes, that’s right. They started an actual striker. History proves that when Nando starts a match with Spain, he’s likely to score a goal. Today was no different.
The Chelsea player scored two goals, one in each half starting the in the 4′ after an angled shot over Irish keeper Shay Given.
Throughout the match, La Furia Roja controlled the tempo through their big combinations with much help by midfielders Xavi and Xabi Alonso who were taking advantage of every inch of space they could find. It also helped that Ireland lost the ball quickly.
David Silva scored again in the tournament in the 49′ by rolling a left-footed shot around the keeper. Coming right off the bench, Cesc Fabregas knocked one in for Spain as well.
With this win, Spain are first in the Group C standings but tied in points with Croatia, who they will play on Monday. You can watch that match at 12:45 ET on ESPN, ESPN 3 or ESPN Deportes.
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