Giovanni Trapattoni’s men were barely afforded a touch as the tiki-taka of Spain all but played them off the park. Statistics from the game now show that Vicente Del Bosque’s boys completed a record 860 passes in the game.
Midfield maestros Xavi and Andres Iniesta completed more passed between than the entire Republic of Ireland team managed collectively.
Spain also produced 27 efforts on goal, compared to just six from the Emerald army. Possession is another statistic that Trapattoni will not want reminding of, as Spain had the lion’s share with 76% of the ball.
The all important statistic was the score-line, with Ireland conceding four and scoring none in reply. Spain can top the group with victory over second placed Croatia in their final game, whilst Ireland will be playing for pride against Trapattoni’s nation Italy.