Spain v Ireland: How it happened

My analysis of the Euro 2012 game between Spain and Ireland on June 14, which saw Ireland knocked out of the competition following a crushing 4 – 0 defeat. You can watch the analysis video here, or read below.

Spain’s 4-0 win ends Ireland’s chances of going through to the next round. The Irish side had gone into the tournament on a 14-match unbeaten run, but have gone on to concede a goal within four minutes of each half of their euro campaign.

The first in this match started with a long pass to David Silva just outside the box, a slide tackle by Richard Dunne saw the ball go loose, only to be picked up by Fernando Torres, who ran rings around the Irish defence and thumped it to the back of the net for one-nil.

The score stayed at that for the rest of the half. Then on the 49th minute came the second goal, The move began with a strike by Alonso, which was knocked to the right of the box, this was crossed to Iniesta who had been given acres of space to the left of the goal and took a shot.

Shane Given punched this ball away but it landed straight at the feet of David Silva. He still had to beat the Irish defence but the end result was inevitable, 2-0 Spain.

Spain’s third goal came in the 70th minute. Silva passed forward to Fernando Torres who outran the Irish defence and beat Shane Given to score his 30th international goal.

The fourth goal against the demoralised Irish side came thirteen minutes later beginning with a corner. The Spanish took it quickly, Silva making a short pass to Cesc Fabregas who had been given plenty of room to turn, and strike the ball at a tight angle for a brilliant finish.

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