David Silva’s goal sums up Ireland’s invisible day against Spain

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Irish fans' delightful "just happy to be here" attitude was tested when their side played Spain in their second Group C match and it did not go well for Ireland. Fernando Torres opened the scoring just four minutes into what would be a 4-0 exhibition (Torres scored a second in the 70th minute) that didn't stop the large number of Irish supporters from singing the horror away right to the final whistle.

Fortunately for anyone who missed the match, the entire 90 minutes can be summed up in the one image above -- David Silva scoring his 49th-minute goal despite having three Ireland defenders and goalkeeper Shay Given between him and the net. It was like the green-shirted Irish were just extra tall blades of grass, adequately watered to Xavi's rigid expectations.

In the end, Spain had 27 shots (15 on target) and 75 percent of possession. And now, with two losses in two matches and one left to play against Italy, Ireland have no chance of advancing out of the group stage. On the bright side: This does free them up to spend more time heckling England, though.

And on the even brighter side, this is how the Irish fans spent the final minutes of a match that they lost 4-0 and ended their hopes of advancing to the knockout stages.


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