Fernando Torres scored twice as Spain knocked Republic of Ireland out of Euro 2012 with a dominant display.

BBC

Torres' powerful finish from 10 yards opened the scoring inside four minutes.

David Silva's composed effort just after the restart doubled the advantage, Torres poked in a third after a quick break and substitute Cesc Fabregas drove in a fourth.

The victory was enough to move Spain above Croatia, who they face on Monday, at the top of Group C.

The Republic's previous successes in major competitions had been based on organisation and discipline.

But their performance in their first major tournament in a decade can be summed up by the fact that, including their 3-1 defeat to Croatia, they have conceded a goal inside four minutes at the start of each half they have played.

Before their sobering loss to Croatia, the Irish had never conceded three goals in a major competition but they have now done so twice in five days on the way to losing consecutive matches in a major tournament for the first time.

For Spain, who drew their opening game 1-1 with Italy, this was a ruthless reminder of their ambition to become the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments, 24 hours after Germany drew the focus with a 2-1 victory over the Netherlands.

Analysis

"Players like Given, Duff, Dunne, Keane - I gave them their debuts. I've been involved with them for a long time. They won't want to retire on the back of that performance, that's for sure. I would be worried if I was Italy, because Ireland are going into the last game with nothing to play for except pride. So we've got nothing to worry about. We can go and hunt them down and have a go at Italy. If any of the lads are thinking of packing it in they will want to do better than tonight."

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque was also boosted by the performance of Torres, who replaced Fabregas in the starting line-up and scored his first competitive international goals since September 2010.

For all the pre-match rhetoric, and a history of battling performances by the Republic, the concession of a yet another early goal left Giovanni Trapattoni's game-plan looking redundant.

Simon Cox, drafted in to replace Kevin Doyle up front only to be withdrawn for Jonathan Walters at the interval, forced an early save from Iker Casillas but the defending champions took just three minutes to move in front.

Richard Dunne did well to block Silva after Andres Iniesta had guided in an intelligent pass, but Torres drifted around Stephen Ward before thumping a shot over Shay Given.

From that point on, Spain were able to strangle the game, controlling possession deep inside the opposition half.

When the Irish did manage to win the ball back, wingers Damien Duff and Aidan McGeady were generally too deep to contribute in attack and Robbie Keane was invariably too isolated to be picked out.

Silva had a low shot held by Given and Torres prodded wide at the near post before Keith Andrews had a shot deflected wide and Dunne missed with a header at the other end.

Iniesta had a powerful effort pushed away by Given, Silva headed over and Gerard Pique failed to make the most of a free header from Silva's corner.

Euro 2012: Cesc Fabregas completes Ireland rout

When Cox finally picked out Keane in a dangerous area, the Irish captain's effort was easily blocked by Pique.

The pattern was never likely to change and after Given palmed away an Iniesta shot three minutes after half-time, Silva calmly waited for the room to guide a shot into the bottom corner.

With just over 20 minutes remaining, Silva clipped a ball in behind the defence for Torres and the Chelsea striker prodded past Given.

And there was still time for substitute Fabregas, who had come on for Torres, to drive in a powerful cross-shot to add a fourth and further underline Spanish superiority.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Spain

  • 01 Casillas
  • 03 Pique
  • 15 Ramos
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 18 Alba
  • 06 Iniesta (Cazorla - 79' )
  • 08 Xavi
  • 14 Alonso Booked (Martinez - 65' Booked )
  • 16 Busquets
  • 21 Silva
  • 09 Torres (Fabregas - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Valdes
  • 23 Reina
  • 02 Albiol
  • 04 Martinez
  • 05 Juanfran
  • 10 Fabregas
  • 20 Cazorla
  • 22 Navas
  • 07 Pedrito
  • 11 Negredo
  • 13 Mata
  • 19 Llorente

Republic of Ireland

  • 01 Given
  • 02 St Ledger Booked
  • 03 Ward
  • 04 O'Shea
  • 05 Dunne
  • 06 Whelan Booked (Green - 80' )
  • 07 McGeady
  • 08 Andrews
  • 11 Duff (McClean - 76' )
  • 10 Keane Booked
  • 20 Cox (Walters - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Westwood
  • 23 Forde
  • 12 Kelly
  • 13 McShane
  • 18 O'Dea
  • 15 Gibson
  • 17 Hunt
  • 21 Green
  • 22 McClean
  • 09 Doyle
  • 14 Walters
  • 19 Long
Ref: Proenca
Att: 36,572

Match Stats

Shots

27 5

On target

22 4

Corners

8 2

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:08 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

89:53

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Silva. Sean St. Ledger restarts play with the free kick.

84:11

Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas.

83:36

Gonzalez Santi Cazorla takes the direct free kick.

83:36 Booking

Booking Sean St. Ledger booked.

83:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Silva by Sean St. Ledger.

82:06

David Silva decides to take the corner short,

82:04

Assist by David Silva.

82:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Francesc Fabregas - Spain 4 - 0 R Ireland Francesc Fabregas gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Spain 4-0 Rep of Ireland.

81:44

Gonzalez Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

78:44

Shay Given takes the free kick.

78:44 Substitution

Substitution Paul Green replaces Glenn Whelan.

78:44 Substitution

Substitution Gonzalez Santi Cazorla joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andres Iniesta.

78:44

Aguinaga Javi Martinez is ruled offside.

76:39

Aiden McGeady challenges David Silva unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andres Iniesta shoots direct from the free kick.

75:37

Direct free kick taken by Stephen Ward.

75:37 Substitution

Substitution James McClean replaces Damien Duff.

75:37 Booking

Booking Aguinaga Javi Martinez goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

75:03

Aguinaga Javi Martinez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan.

74:00

Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save by Iker Casillas.

73:01 Substitution

Substitution Francesc Fabregas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres.

69:50

David Silva provided the assist for the goal.

69:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Torres - Spain 3 - 0 R Ireland Fernando Torres grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Spain 3-0 Rep of Ireland.

67:38

David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan, clearance made by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

67:03

Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Ramos Jordi Alba takes the direct free kick.

66:08

Damien Duff takes the outswinging corner, Sean St. Ledger concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.

66:00

The ball is sent over by Aiden McGeady, clearance made by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

64:26 Substitution

Substitution Aguinaga Javi Martinez joins the action as a substitute, replacing Xabi Alonso.

64:09

Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Gerard Pique gets a block in.

63:03

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Xabi Alonso by Jonathan Walters. Indirect free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

62:16

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.

61:57

Effort from inside the area by Sergio Busquets misses to the left of the target.

61:11

Inswinging corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line, Richard Dunne manages to make a clearance.

57:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Dunne.

55:59

Hernandez Xavi takes a shot. Blocked by Sean St. Ledger.

55:03

Hernandez Xavi takes a shot. Brilliant save by Shay Given.

54:48

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Sean St. Ledger gets a block in.

53:23

Richard Dunne takes the free kick.

53:23 Booking

Booking Xabi Alonso is given a yellow card.

53:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Xabi Alonso on Jonathan Walters.

49:48

David Silva challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Damien Duff, clearance by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

48:09

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

48:12

Assist on the goal came from Andres Iniesta.

48:12 Goal scored

Goal! - David Silva - Spain 2 - 0 R Ireland A goal is scored by David Silva from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Spain 2-0 Rep of Ireland.

48:01

Xabi Alonso takes a shot. Keith Andrews gets a block in.

47:29

Alvaro Arbeloa takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Walters comes on in place of Simon Cox.

45:00 +1:41 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:18

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save.

45:00 +0:23

Free kick crossed by Hernandez Xavi, Robbie Keane makes a clearance.

45:00 +0:23 Booking

Booking The referee shows Glenn Whelan a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:17

David Silva fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick.

44:12

Shot from just outside the area by Xabi Alonso misses to the left of the target.

43:59

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Hernandez Xavi, save by Shay Given.

43:32

Hernandez Xavi takes a shot. Richard Dunne gets a block in.

43:21

Alvaro Arbeloa takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

41:12

Hernandez Xavi takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

40:43

Andres Iniesta fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.

40:32

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Dunne.

35:15

The free kick is swung in right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

35:15 Booking

Booking The referee books Robbie Keane for unsporting behaviour.

35:09

Unfair challenge on Andres Iniesta by Robbie Keane results in a free kick.

34:47

Corner from the right by-line taken by Hernandez Xavi, clearance made by Richard Dunne.

34:23

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

33:18

The referee blows for offside. Gerard Pique takes the direct free kick.

32:14

Fernando Torres challenges Sean St. Ledger unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean St. Ledger takes the free kick.

31:24

Fernando Torres challenges Damien Duff unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shay Given takes the free kick.

31:06

Robbie Keane is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Sergio Busquets takes the direct free kick.

29:44

The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Indirect free kick taken by Shay Given.

29:28

Foul by Glenn Whelan on Alvaro Arbeloa, free kick awarded. Alvaro Arbeloa restarts play with the free kick.

28:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alvaro Arbeloa. Free kick taken by Shay Given.

25:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Hernandez Xavi, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Gerard Pique misses to the right of the target.

25:12

Xabi Alonso takes a shot. Glenn Whelan gets a block in.

24:43

Short corner taken by Hernandez Xavi from the left by-line.

22:22

Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

21:21

The referee blows for offside against Robbie Keane. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.

19:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Andrews on Andres Iniesta. Hernandez Xavi restarts play with the free kick.

18:14

Simon Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. Xabi Alonso takes the direct free kick.

15:59

Gerard Pique takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

15:09

Short corner worked by Hernandez Xavi.

11:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Andrews by Hernandez Xavi. Direct free kick taken by John O'Shea.

11:16

The referee blows for offside. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

10:09

Foul by Stephen Ward on David Silva, free kick awarded. Gerard Pique takes the free kick.

8:26

Corner from the left by-line taken by Damien Duff, Headed effort on goal by Richard Dunne from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

8:11

Keith Andrews takes a shot. Gerard Pique gets a block in.

7:17

Fernando Torres has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

6:10

David Silva takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

5:27

The ball is delivered by John O'Shea, Garcia Sergio Ramos makes a clearance.

3:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Fernando Torres - Spain 1 - 0 R Ireland A goal is scored by Fernando Torres from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Spain 1-0 Rep of Ireland.

1:09

Simon Cox takes a shot. Save by Iker Casillas.

0:51

Unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Sergio Busquets results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keith Andrews.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers