FT: Spain 4 Republic of Ireland 0

It's all over and Republic of Ireland's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals are over after a comprehensive 4-0 defeat by Spain, who are now well placed to progress from Group C after this dominant performance in Gdansk.

There will be three minutes of stoppage time to be played before Ireland are finally put out of their misery.

Let's hope the Irish players give a performance their fans deserve against Italy in their final group game, even if it's meaningless in terms of progression.

Both sides are going through the motions now as the clock ticks down towards full time.

Fabregas twists and turns on the right wing before McClean slides in with a stong challenge to win the ball.

The Irish may have been well beaten on the field tonight but their supporters are at least winning the singing contest in the stands with just as much ease.

St Leger is booked after bringing down Silva in midfield.

Ireland can't get the ball out of their box at the moment and I suppose at this late stage you can't blame them for letting their heads drop.

Spain are turning the screw even tighter during the final stages of this match and will continue to look for another goal or two.

GOAL FABREGAS - Silva takes the corner short to Fabregas, who takes a couple of touches inside the box before blasting an unstoppable shot past a helpless Given.

Cazorla's curling effort from the edge of the box looks destined for the bottom corner but Given's great save turns it wide.

Ireland make their third and final substitution of the night with Paul Green coming on for Whelan.

Spain make a change with Iniesta making way for Santi Cazorla.

An ambitious Xavi goes for goal but his curling effort is always going over the bar.

Silva's heels are clipped around 30 yards out and Spain have a free-kick.

James McClean makes his first competitive appearance for Ireland as he comes on to replace Duff.

Martinez is booked after an unnecessarily strong lunge on Whelan in midfield.

A clean shot at goal for Ireland at last as Keane's effort from the left side of the box is saved by Casillas.

The Spanish fans are on their feet to applaud Torres, who leaves the field to be replaced by Cesc Fabregas.

Spain have also answered some of their critics tonight following the disappointing performance against Italy last time out and the impact of Torres has made a big difference.

If it wasn't game over before Torres' second goal, then it certainly is now. Ireland will have only pride to play for when they face Italy in their final group game while Spain are now in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages.

GOAL TORRES - Torres charges clean through on goal after latching onto a pass from Silva before coolly slotting his shot past Given.

Whelan floats the ball towards the box but Ramos clears the danger for Spain.

Silva is penalised for a foul on McGeady and Ireland have a free kick in a promising position around 30 yards out.

Ireland's supporters are briefly excited by the prospect of another ball into the box but it proves to be short lived when St Ledger fouls Busquets.

McGeady's cross from the left causes confusion between Casillas and Sergio Ramos, who heads behind for a corner.

Spain make a change with Alonso making way for Javi Martinez.

This is a good mini spell of pressure from Ireland but it probably won't last long.

Ireland get the ball into Spain's box but McGeady's shot is blocked before Andrews gives it away.

Moments later Torres sees a shot blocked by St Leger inside the area.

Torres backheel sets up Busquets just outside the box but the Barcelona man drills a firm effort well wise. Should have done better.

Spain look menacing as they come forward again and Silva's cut-back on the left side of the box is put behind by Whelan for a corner.

McGeady fires in a deep cross from the left wing but Casillas plucks the ball out of the air under pressure from Walters.

Ireland have had minimal touches of the ball tonight and when they are in possession, they promptly lose it.

Torres is put clean through on goal but his shot is smothered by the on-rushing Given. The offside flag was up anyway so it wouldn't have counted.

Of course there's no reason for Spain to ease off - this is a tight group and goal difference could well be an issue.

It's all Spain and unless they take their foot off the gas, they could score another two or three tonight.

A barrage of shots from Spain are blocked by the Irish defence before Given pulls off a superb one-handed save to deny Xavi.

Xabi Alonso is shown the yellow card after a foul on Walters and he's far from happy about it.

Ireland fans will have travelled to the finals knowing that progression to the knockout stages was going to be incredibly tough, but going out after just two games was their worst nightmare.

Ireland will be knocked out after just two games unless they can find two goals from somewhere but I can't even see them scoring once.

Spain keep coming forward in search for more goals and Given has to save from Iniesta to prevent a third.

GOAL SILVA - Iniesta's curling shot from the left is punched by Given straight into the path of Silva inside the box and the midfielder takes his time before casually rolling his effort into the corner of the net.

Arbeloa finds himself in space on the right side of the box but his fierce shot is well saved by Given.

Vicente Del Bosque's side are looking determined to grab a second goal which would surely kill off the Irish challenge.

There was one change at the break with Simon Cox being replaced by Jonathan Walters.

Spain get the second half under way looking to pick up where they left off while Ireland need to somehow find a goal from somewhere.

The Republic of Ireland are now 40/1 with Sky Bet to claim an unlikely victory tonight while the draw is as big as 10/1. I doubt there's many who will argue about the 1/16 price on Spain to pick up all three points given how dominant they've been.

There's no time for the corner to be taken as the referee blows the half-time whistle, with Spain leading Ireland 1-0 in Gdansk.

Iniesta tees himself up to strike a crisp dipping volley at goal which Given does really well to tip over the bar.

Glenn Whelan is booked for a foul on David Silva and Spain have a free kick with just moments remaining of this first half.

Ireland launch a rare attack which leads to Keane being presented with a half-chance on the left side of the box but his shot is blocked.

Spain keep pressing and win a corner on the left but Ireland manage to survive.

Arbeloa sees his fierce drive from the right side of the box saved by Given before St Ledger gets in the way of Xavi's rebound attempt.

Xavi carves out some space in which to shoot inside the box but his effort is quite weak and Given makes a comfortable save.

Iniesta has a shot inside the area which is blocked by Dunne.

Torres has a superb opportunity to catch Given off his line on the left edge of the box but he instead opts to pass which allows Ireland to get back in numbers and repell the threat.

The Irish fans chear after a countless string of passes from Spain comes to an end in midfield.

Xavi delivers the ball into the area only for Dunne to clear.

Keane is booked for a foul on Andres Iniesta around 20 yards out on the left and Spain have a free kick.

Thankfully for Ireland they are able to avoid conceding what would have been a rather unfortunate second by heading clear.

Andrews is accidentally bundled over by referee Pedro Proenca which allows Spain to win possession and advance into the box before winning a corner.

Torres has a chance inside the box but Ireland manage to clear their lines.

Ireland seem to panic every time they get the ball and don't really know what to do with it.

Andrews weighs in with a well-timed challenge in midfield to take the ball off Torres.

Torres dispossesses Dunne inside the box before trying to curl a shot towards the far post but the referee blows for a foul against the striker.

Ireland are just chasing shadows at the moment as Spain continue to pass the ball around with a swagger.

Spain come forward again but the Irish fans breath a sigh of relief when the offside flag is raised against Alvaro Arbeloa.

Aiden McGeady finds himself in space on the left wing but he waits far too long before delivering a weak cross into the area.

A more conventional corner into the box picks out an unmarked Pique, who heads well wide of the post.

Spain take it short and eventually work the ball to Alonso, who is outside the area. The Real Madrid midfielder then drills a fierce shot at goal which takes a deflection as it whistles over the bar.

Jordi Alba's cross from the left is headed over by Silva at the near post via a deflection from John O'Shea.

It's far too easy for Spain at the moment but that's not to say Ireland aren't giving their all. There's simply too big a gulf in quality.

Given has to be alert to save a curling effort from Iniesta on the edge of the box.

Keane is already looking rather frustrated up front and he's probably wondering how much of the ball he's going to see tonight.

Xavi and Busquets combine to waste the set-piece and Ireland can clear the danger for the time being at least.

Spain have a potentially dangerous free kick around 25 yards out after Andrews brings down Andres Iniesta.

A hopeful long ball forward searches for Robbie Keane but Spain clear their lines with ease.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men are now trying to enjoy a spell of possession of their own but after being unable to find a way into Spain's half, they go all the way back to Given.

Gerard Pique joins in with the attack and sees his effort from around 25 yards out well saved by Given.

If the current pattern of play continues then this is going to be a very long night for Ireland's players and supporters. They just can't get hold of the ball.

Great vision from Xabi Alonso picks out Xavi inside the box but Sean St. Ledger just does enough to deny him.

Unsurprisingly Spain are looking much more confident on the ball than they did against Italy in their opening match and more chances are bound to come for Torres.

Ireland continue to show real appetite for the fight but whether they can carve out any genuine goal scoring opportunities remains to be seen.

Silva slips a pass into the area for Torres the latch onto but the referee spotted a handball by the Manchester City star.

It's a shame that all that hard work in getting to their first major tournament in 10 years has been so far ruined by conceding early goals against Croatia and Spain.

Richard Dunne's header from the corner goes wide of the target but at least Ireland are digging deep after a bad start.

Ireland have a corner after Keith Andrews' audacious effort takes a deflection on its way behind.

Xavi chips the ball towards the right side of the area for Alvaro Arbeloa, who heads back across goal for Torres only for the Chelsea striker to fire wide.

David Silva tries his luck from just outside the box but his shot is straight at Given.

Suddenly Republic of Ireland's mountain to climb has got a lot steeper and it will take incredible character for them to get back into this clash.

GOAL TORRES - Fernando Torres picks up a loose ball on the edge of the box before blasting an unstoppable shot past Shay Given to give Spain an early lead.

The Republic are fighting for every ball in midfield although Spain are beginning to pass it around nicely on this slick surface.

Sergio Busquets goes down hurt momentarily after a firm challenge from Keith Andrews.

The Irish have started on the front foot with Simon Cox's long range effort forcing Iker Casillas into a save low down to his right.

Republic of Ireland get this Euro 2012 Group C clash under way against Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk aiming to avoid the defeat that would knock them out of the tournament after just two games.

The players are now out on the pitch as we await the national anthem of both nations.

Obviously a defeat for the Republic of Ireland tonight will mean they can't qualify for the knockout stages in Poland and Ukraine but Ben Weaver is hopeful of a shock. He writes: "There could well be an upset on the cards here. You can't rule out Spain for obvious reasons but I can certainly see the Irish nicking something. I'll plum for a 1-1 draw but hope for a nice 1-0 for Ireland!"

As you can see from the team sheets below, Fernando Torres has been recalled to the starting line-up in place of Cesc Fabregas as reigning champions Spain attempt to ease their way towards thequarter-finals by beating the Republic of Ireland. The Chelsea striker started Sunday's 1-1 Group C draw with Italy on the bench, with manager Vicente Del Bosque controversially deciding to play without a recognised striker, but he replaces the Barcelona midfielder this evening. Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni also makes just one change as Simon Cox comes in for Kevin Doyle in a game his side simply can't afford to lose. Tonight's referee is Pedro Proenca from Portugal.

The Spain team is: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Alonso, Silva, Torres, Iniesta. Subs: Valdes, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Pedro, Fabregas, Negredo, Mata, Llorente, Santi Cazorla, Jesus Navas, Reina.

The Republic of Ireland team is: Given, O'Shea, St. Ledger, Dunne, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady, Cox, Keane. Subs: Westwood, Doyle, Kelly, McShane, Walters, Gibson, Hunt, O'Dea, Long, Green, McClean, Forde.

Spain are of course the overwhelming favourites to secure their first victory of the Group C campaign tonight, with Sky Bet pricing Vicente Del Bosque's men at 1/4. The Republic of Ireland are as big as 10/1 to claim a shock victory while a draw is quite a chunky 5/1. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.

Before we bring all the team news ahead of this crunch clash, the other game in Group C between Italy and Croatia has just finished 1-1.

Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary from the Euro 2012 Group C clash between Republic of Ireland and Spain at the PGE Arena in Gdansk. If you want to air your views then email me at christopher.hammer@bsky.com. Kick-off is at 1945 BST.


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