Torres inspires Spain to Ireland rout

Story highlights

  • Fernando Torres scores twice in 4-0 victory for defending champions Spain
  • David Silva and Cesc Fabregas also on target as Ireland are eliminated
  • Mario Mandzukic secures a 1-1 for Croatia against Italy
  • Italy took lead though Andrea Pirlo's brilliant first-half free-kick
Fernando Torres rediscovered his scoring touch as Spain soared to the top of Euro 2012 Group C and knocked the Republic of Ireland out of the tournament.
The much-maligned striker, who spurned several chances in Spain's opening game against Italy, scored twice as the defending champions cruised to a 4-0 win in Gdansk.
Strikes from David Silva and Cesc Fabregas helped to see off Giovanni Trapattoni's Ireland, who become the first team eliminated from Euro 2012.
In Thursday's other game in Group C, Croatia fought back to hold Italy to a 1-1 draw.
The Italians dominated the first half and evergreen playmaker Andrea Pirlo put his side in front with an exquisite free-kick.
But in-form striker Mario Mandzukic, who scored twice in Croatia's first match, brought his tournament tally to three with an emphatic finish to earn a point.