Spain Vs. Ireland, Euro 2012: Fernando Torres Gets His Brace

How about Spain, then? Over the past few minutes they've let Ireland have the ball more, but when green shirts flood forward, that opens up space in behind, and the defending champions definitely have the quality to take full advantage of said space.

A simple through ball from David Silva caught the Ireland defense completely square and sent Fernando Torres away. Torres looked around to make sure the linesman wasn't sneakily waving a flag or anything (his previous run having been cut short by a dubious offside call) before setting himself up for a right-footed shot and slotting calmly past a flailing Shay Given, despite some heavy pressure by Richard Dunne. That makes it 3-0, and Ireland are completely and utterly done.

Granted, they were completely and utterly done before that goal, but that's picking nits. They're extra completely and utterly done? Truth be told, the only point of the goal was to boost Torres' confidence, but hey, they need him happy.

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