Group Elimination C: Thursday, 14 June 2012 - Gdansk - PGE Arena
The “Red Fury” meets the “Boys in Green” on June 14 at the PGE Arena in Gdansk
After the 1-1 draw with Italy last Sunday, reigning champions Spain needs a knockout. Nevertheless, Spain is the overwhelming favourite. Both Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup champions, the “Red Fury” has proven to be an adversary that’s not to be dealt lightly with. Plus, with a group of hardened veterans, it’s hard to beat a team with experience on their shoulders.
But there is a downside to the fact that their players have played more matches than any other players or teams in the world, the risk of fatigue is a problem and age is another which already sapped the Spaniards of some of their best players.
There’s really not much to say about the “Boys in Green” except for the fact that coach Giovanni Trapattoni has a huge task at hand to revive the team after being annihilated early on by the Croatians. But the Irish has proven to be a team full of resilience in the past and who is to say that these boys don’t stand a chance.
The Irish defence needs a lot of improvement. The attack lacks force as well with Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady being close to invisible during their crushing game with the Croatians. Trapattoni needs to revitalise the nearly crushed Irish squad as soon as possible as their biggest Euro 2012 challenge is near.
Predictions: Spain wins 3-0
Spaniards are likely to have a better day considering their desperation to turn around their fortunes and successfully defend their crown. Ireland’s trouble defence and weak attack has already been exploited so the “Red Fury” is sure to have a better day in Gdansk on June 12.
Spain finished off Ireland in a fashionable beating defeating the Irish 4-0 to eliminate them from the tournament. Spain dominated from start to finish by taking 20 shots on goal to Ireland's four; They controlled their passions for most of the game using 66 percent of play "La Roja" produced 859 passes in the entire match.
More importantly, the victory saw the reawakening of a disappointing sleeping giant on the Spanish side. Striker Fernando Torres was once the wunderkind of Spanish soccer. He scored the three goals in the 2006 World Cup and gave Spain the game winner in the 2008 Euro Championship game against Germany. From 2001-2007 he scored 82 goals in 214 appearances for the Atletico Madrid and from 2007-2011 he scored 65 goals in 102 appearances for Liverpool. Going into the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, expectations were at their highest for Torres who was expected to have a dominating tournament. However, it was not meant to be as Torres underwent knee surgery in April 2010. He got a chance to play in the World Cup in June, but scored no goals in the entire tournament. His ensuing seasons with his new club Chelsea were even worse as the superstar only scored seven goals in 46 games for the team
Fabregas got the start against Italy in the first game and rewarded Spain with the lone goal in that game. However, he wound up on the bench to start the game, a spot where he was most seen during Spain's last few major tournaments. His inability to crack the lineup consistently is not a result of inconsistency or lack of talent; it is more a testament to the wealth of talent throughout the lineup. Fabregas specializes as a distributer rather than a striker, but with Xavi and David Silva currently occupying those roles splendidly, Fabregas has been relegated to the striker position. After the De Facto Striker David Villa went down with injury prior to the tournament, it seemed like Fabregas might get his chance. However, with the emergence of Torres, that window of opportunity may have gotten a bit smaller.
With the +4 goal differential and four points, Spain takes first place in Group C. With Croatia and Italy drawing 1-1 earlier in the day, Croatia also gains four points, but only has a +2 goal differential. Since three points is the maximum Ireland can get with a win over Italy on Sunday, the Irish must start packing their bags and getting their boarding passes ready to return home. They are the first team eliminated from the tournament. In order for Italy to pass on to the Quarter Finals, the Italians must defeat the Irish and hope that either Spain or Croatia wins. A tie between Spain and Croatia would force Italy to win by at least three goals or more.
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