Victory lifted the champions top of Group C – level on four points with Croatia – with Italy (two points) and Ireland (0 points) in the pair’s wake.
Spain, replied with interest as Torres rattled the back of the net two minutes later. The Chelsea hitman pounced on a loose ball in the box before skipping past Stephen Ward and firing past Shay Given for his 29th international goal.
”We wanted to win, to make a better impression than we did against Italy,” said Torres, who became Spain’s third leading scorer with 30 goals in 95 appearances. ”The performance of the team was really good. It was great.” Torres started over Fabregas as the World Cup champions fielded a traditional striker after the attack was led by six midfielders against the Italians.
”For the vast majority of time, we were chasing shadows,” Ireland midfielder Keith Andrews said.
So the Man of the Match is “Fernando Torres”
Total Tournament Games – 2
Tournament Goals -2
Minutes Played – 74
Overall Assists – 0
Overall Shots on Goal – 4