Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:12:39 GMT | By AP

Spain thrash Ireland; Italy, Croatia draw

Reigning champions Spain showed why they are the team to beat in Euro 2012 with a royal thrashing of Ireland to get themselves closer to knockout stages. Italy, on the other hand finished with a second successive draw to put themselves under tremendous pressure going into their final day of group C next week


Spain thrash Ireland; Italy, Croatia draw

Warsaw: Two goals from rejuvenated forward Fernando Torres helped Spain knock Ireland out of the European Championship on Thursday, and Italy drew 1-1 with Croatia to leave Group C finely balanced.

Torres was recalled to replace Cesc Fabregas up front and scored in the fourth and 70th minutes as Spain outclassed Ireland to win 4-0 in Gdansk, Poland.

However, the defending champion can still be eliminated depending on results in the final group games on Monday.
Elsewhere, Denmark forward Nicklas Bendtner was criticized by team officials for his goal celebration Wednesday which revealed an unofficial sponsor's name on his underpants.

UEFA fined Germany for its fans' uncharacteristic behavior - hurling paper missiles at Portugal players - and a court in Warsaw sent more Poles to prison for violence on the city's streets on Tuesday.

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