Spain 4-0 Ireland Highlights -Euro 2012
Fernando Torres scores twice as Spain move top of Group C with a win that knocks Republic of Ireland out of Euro 2012.
Watch Euro 2012 match, Spain Vs Ireland highlights here.
Venue: PGE Arena, Gdansk
Date: Thursday, 14 June
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
1-0 Fernando Torres 3′
2-0 David Silva 48′
3-0 Fernando Torres 70′
4-0 Cesc Fabregas 83′
This is only the second time the two nations have met at a major tournament. Their encounter at the last 16 stage of 2002 World Cup, which Spain won on penalties, was the last time the nations met.
The Irish have not beaten Spain competitively since a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win at Lansdowne Road in April 1989 – in the days of Jack Charlton – courtesy of a Michel own goal.
Goalkeepers Shay Given and Iker Casillas have 255 internationals caps between them.
Despite drawing against Italy, Spain remain unbeaten in their last 16 competitive matches (15 wins and one draw). Their last defeat was their 1-0 opening group stage defeat by Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup.
The last nine goals scored by Spain at a major tournament have all been netted by Barcelona players, since Fernando Torres, then of Liverpool, scored the winner in the Euro 2008 final.
Xavi against Italy, became just the second Spanish player to make over 100 passes in one European Championship game – the first was Pep Guardiola.
Sergio Ramos had the highest pass completion rate in the opening group games (94%) for a match starter.
Republic of Ireland
Ireland are in danger of losing back-to-back matches at a major tournament for the first time.
They conceded three goals at a major tournament for the first time in their history last time out.
The Irish have never won the second match of the group stage at a major tournament before (three draws, one defeat).
Trapattoni failed to qualify from the group stage the last time he was head coach at a European Championship, in 2004 with Italy.