Euro 2012: Spain 4-0 Ireland, Italy 1-1 Croatia

Torres scores the opener
Fernando Torres scored two goals as Spain overwhelmed Ireland with a 4-0 victory.

Spain dominated the possession and passing throughout the match.

Torres scored an outstanding opener just 4 minutes after the start of the match when Iniesta run into trouble but Dunne couldn't gather himself as Torres got in like a flash, nicking the ball away, taking it at speed into the right-hand side of the box and rifling a shot past Given at his near post.

Spain scored the second just at the start of second half
Iniesta shoot came off Given but right to David Silva. He composed himself to beat a man, threading it through two pairs of Irish legs and passes into the bottom corner

Torres got the second receiving a through ball in space on the right-hand side and taking a good touch and to slot it past Given.

Torres Substitute, Cesc Fabregas scored the final goal on a corner, getting past Ward with ease to hammer it in between Green and Given into the far corner.

Ialy 1 Croatia 1

Croatia claimed a crucial point against Italy to enhance their chances of progressing from Group C following an impressive opening 3-1 win against Republic of Ireland.

Mario Mandzukic’s 72nd minute equaliser completed a second half recovery against an Italian team which had earlier looked to be coasting to victory.

Andrea Pirlo’s exquisite free-kick had reflected the domination of Cesare Prandelli’s side, particularly in the first half.
But a rare lapse at the back offered the Croatian a way back, although they’ll still need a point against Spain in their final fixture if they’re to earn themselves a quarter-final spot.


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