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EURO 2012 LIVE: Spain 4 Ireland 0
Here is a running account of Thursday’s action. All times are local to Poland.
2250: Irish midfielder Keith Andrews gives an honest assessment of what turned out to be a hugely one-sided game: “For the vast majority of time, we were chasing shadows,” he says. On Friday, co-host Ukraine plays France in Donetsk before Sweden takes on England in Group D at the Olympic Stadium, Kiev.
2239: The Spanish were sensational _ and Ireland didn’t have a chance. Two goals from Fernando Torres are a big plus for Spain. An in-form and confident Torres would be a huge boost to its hopes of defending its title. David Silva and Cesc Fabregas scored the other two. As for Ireland, they play for pride against Italy on Monday as they are out of the tournament, while Spain will look to secure progression to the knock out stage when they play Croatia.
2227: What a finish from Fabregas. Spain wins a corner after a great save from Given who tips a Santi Cazorla curler round the post. The resulting corner finds Fabregas, who takes it wide before blasting the ball in off the far post. Given had no chance of saving it. Superbly taken goal and after that you can understand why Vicente del Bosque started him as a striker against Italy. Four minutes left to play here at the PGE Arena. Ireland are moments away from becoming the first team to be eliminated from the European Championship.
2220: Xavi shoots from a free kick from 30 yards, but it sails wide. A little over 10 minutes left to play here in Gdansk. James McClean comes on for Ireland, replacing Damien Duff. For Spain, Andres Iniesta is withdrawn and Santi Cazorla comes on in his palce.
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