Spain Vs. Ireland, Euro 2012: David Silva Doubles Lead

There's Spain goal number two, which makes this even more uncomfortable. They have, of course, been in the ascendancy since the match kicked off, but it's taken them far too long to make the match completely secure. But anyway, enough complaining - they've done it now.

Shay Given, in the Ireland goal, might have done better with the initial shot. He punched Andres Iniesta's right-footed effort away, but his aim wasn't the best, because the ball landed at David Silva's feet at the penalty spot. The Manchester City midfielder jinked and juked and looked tempted to lay the ball off for an onrushing Xavi Hernandez, but instead decided to shoot. His soft effort was picture-perfect, nutmegging two Ireland defenders and beating Given before nestling gently into the bottom corner.

So yeah, that's 2-0. It could be seven or eight if Spain decided to go full-speed, but there's no reason for them to at this point. Ireland are out as it stands. And it will almost certainly stand.

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