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June 15, 2012 2:45 AM MYT
PGE Arena Gdańsk — Gdańsk
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 39150‎
 
 
49′ David Silva
 
 
 
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: Spain 4-0 Ireland

Goal.com rates the players on show as Fernando Torres, David Silva and Cesc Fabregas show the huge gulf in class between the sides by exposing some sloppy defending in Gdansk

By Tom Webber

  • Iker Casillas
    147
    18
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Did well to parry Cox's shot away in the early stages but had little to do for the rest of the game. Another strong hand to Keane's effort in the second half to keep the clean sheet.

  • Piqué
    156
    20
    3.50

    Piqué

    Performed well in the air as he nodded away a large proportion of Ireland's long passes. Spent more time in the opposing half than his own as he added another body in attack during Spain's relentless possession.

  • Sergio Ramos
    123
    19
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    An easy night for the centre-back as he was hardly troubled by the opposition all night. Played the ball up from the back capably enough but will face far tougher tasks later in the tournament.

  • Arbeloa
    127
    31
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    Almost played the game as a right winger as he hugged the touchline and was allowed acres of space. Helped forge some of Spain's best chances in a vastly improved performance.

  • Jordi Alba
    129
    9
    3.50

    Jordi Alba

    Pushed forward far more than he could against Italy and forced Duff to defend for large parts of the game. But O'Shea's resilience meant he was not utilised as much as Arbeloa on the other flank.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    251
    12
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Excellent pass in the build-up to the opener and continued to pose a danger when running at players. He played a role in everything positive Spain did but was perhaps guilty of trying to be too stylish at times.

  • Xavi
    181
    27
    3.50

    Xavi

    Pulled the Irish defence across the field and followed almost every pass he made. He was always available and managed a few shots but his final pass was lacking at times.

  • Xabi Alonso
    158
    29
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    Moved the ball across the pitch fluidly from the deep areas including a series of excellent passes to switch the play to the wings. When possession was lost he was quickest to chase it and win it back for his side.

  • Busquets
    120
    53
    3.50

    Busquets

    Had little to do in terms of patrolling the midfield as Ireland's long ball tactic made his role in the game minimal. Pressed quickly without possession to help contribute to an easy night for his side.

  • David Silva
    244
    12
    4.00

    David Silva

    Had a very lively start and showed a fantastic first touch in the final third. Struggled to be as creative as he is for Manchester City from wide on the right but oozed class when slotting home the second goal. Assisted Torres' for his second goal.

  • Fernando Torres
    587
    37
    4.00

    Fernando Torres Top of the Match

    May have wasted two opportunities against Italy but he looked a different player against Ireland. An emphatic finish in the fourth minute was followed by a calculated strike in the second half. His movement was great all night.

Substitutions

  • Javi Martínez
    89
    17
    3.00

    Javi Martínez

    Given 25 minutes in midfield but with the game already won it was difficult for him to make a particular mark on the game. He was very competent on the ball.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    212
    26
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Replaced Fernando Torres with 15 minutes left and still managed to get on the scoresheet with a thunderous finish from an absurdly acute angle.

  • Santi Cazorla
    73
    20

    Santi Cazorla

    Brought on in place of Iniesta for the final 10 minutes.

  • Shay Given
    77
    138
    1.50

    Shay Given Flop of the Match

    Should have done better on the first goal despite the pace of Torres' strike. He made a few decent saves later in the game but he punched the ball straight to Silva early in the second half who slotted home. Good save to deny Xavi in 55th minute.

  • Sean St Ledger
    7
    23
    2.00

    Sean St Ledger

    Offered far too much space to the Spain attackers as he continually backed off. Bought Silva's feign on the second goal far too readily, enabling him to slot in the second goal.

  • Stephen Ward
    7
    25
    1.50

    Stephen Ward

    Did not even put in a challenge as Torres' breezed past him before knocking in the opening goal. He was guilty of tucking in far too tightly, allowing Arbeloa space who he failed to close down quick enough.

  • John O'Shea
    12
    28
    2.00

    John O'Shea

    Was always going to be in store for a difficult night up against Iniesta and Alba. He made a decent fist of trying to stay close and therefore Spain focused the majority of their attacks down the right.

  • Richard Dunne
    9
    22
    1.50

    Richard Dunne

    Took far too long to clear the ball away after dispossessing Silva, enabling Torres to steal in and score. Pinged a few decent long passes but they rarely found a green shirt and gave away possession in the build-up to the second goal.

  • Glenn Whelan
    5
    24
    2.00

    Glenn Whelan

    Could not get close to the ball in midfield and spent much of his time chasing it across the park. He was left feeling extremely frustrated and that was borne out in his clumsy tackling.

  • Aiden McGeady
    10
    27
    1.50

    Aiden McGeady

    Did not do enough in either attack or defence to help his team. Failed to offer Ward sufficient cover which gave Arbeloa the freedom of the left side. When he did get on the ball his contribution was not good enough.

  • Keith Andrews
    11
    20
    2.00

    Keith Andrews

    Showed great desire despite going one goal down early on as he hustled the Spain midfielders as much as he could. However, he lacked composure, making some needless challenges and proving poor on the ball.

  • Damien Duff
    25
    24
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    Opportunities to attack were limited as he was forced to defend for much of the game. He provided rare moments of relief with darting runs on the counterattack but lacked support most times. Worked extremely hard.

  • Robbie Keane
    29
    23
    2.00

    Robbie Keane

    Lacked service for the majority of the game as Ireland found themselves camped in there own half. Only really tested Casillas once but from a wide angle it would have taken something special to score.

  • Simon Cox
    6
    25
    2.50

    Simon Cox

    Made a bright start as he forced a save from Casillas after two minutes. Put in a physical display which troubled the defence but he did not aid midfield enough when not in possession.

Substitutions

  • Paul Green
    4
    22
    2.50

    Paul Green

    Brought on in the 80th minute but failed to close Fabregas moments later as he added Spain's fourth.

  • James McClean
    6
    22

    James McClean

    Replaced duff in the final 15 minutes and did not influence the outcome.

  • Jonathan Walters
    6
    21
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Replaced the unlucky Cox at half time but failed to improve upon his performance. Still offered no more solidity in the middle of the park.

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