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    Spanish eyes smile after four-goal romp

    Jun 14, 2012

    Fernando Torres hit goals either side of halftime as Spain eliminated Ireland with a 4-0 win in on Friday in the European Championship at Arena Gdansk in Poland.

    David Silva and Cesc Fabregas scored the other goals to help the world and continental champions take a share of the Group C lead with Croatia at four points.

    The Irish, who were beaten by the Croatians 3-1 in their opening group match, are the first ones out of the title race. The other team in the group is Italy, which has two points from two games.

    Spain, which was earlier held to a 1-1 standoff by Italy, lit up the scoreboard right in the fourth minute when Torres picked the ball off Richard Dunne inside the area and fired past 'keeper Shay Given and into the top right corner.

    Ireland managed to hold off the fiery Spain offense, but Silva came through shortly after the restart, rolling a left footer past two defenders to make it 2-0 in the 49th minute.

    Torres scored his second in the 70th off a Silva pass and Fabregas, coming on as a substitute, capped the scoring with a goal off a Silva corner kick in the 83rd.

    In Ponzan, Italy struggling to get its offense going and took another 1-1 draw, this time against Croatia.

    Andrea Pirlo scored on a free kick in the 39th minute but Mario Mandzukic evened the score in the 72nd.

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