Spain 4-0 Republic of Ireland
Fernando Torres scored a brace as Spain dumped Ireland out with a resounding performance on their way to a 4-0 victory in Gdansk.
Yet again the Irish were guilty of making a slow start and they were made to pay once more as Richard Dunne's sliding challenge diverted the ball only into the path of Fernando Torres, who blasted beyond Shay Given to give the reigning European Champions the lead inside four minutes.
From the moment on it was one-way traffic, as Barcelona trio Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets combined with Xabi Alonso to keep the Ireland midfield on the infamous passing carousel.
Chances continued to come and go for the Spanish and boss Vicente del Bosque clearly had something to say at half time, as they finally took one just five minutes after the interval so double their lead. Shay Given's parry from Xavi's shot fell to David Silva, who teased three Irish defenders before cooling rolling beyond the keeper into the far corner.
Spain upped the tempo with the comfort of their two-goal lead and Silva robbed Keith Andrews to slide in Torres for number three, with 20 minutes still on the clock.
The pain was complete for the Irish when substitute Cesc Fabregas blasted in off the far post, having been left completely free from a short Spanish corner with only a eight minutes to go.
The defeat confirms that Ireland are the first side to be eliminated from the European Championships, as Spain launch themselves to the top of Group C with one round of fixtures remaining.