Wednesday, June 12, 2013
spirited Ireland go down to world champions
As expected the reigning World and European champions controlled the majority of possession early in the game but an Ireland team missing six first team regulars, defended well and grew into the game as it progressed.
Pedro went close just before half-time, after showing excellent skill in the box to create space for a shot, but his rasping effort came back off the underside of the bar.
Spain grabbed a late second on 88 minutes when Juan Mata shot past Ireland sub keeper Darren Randolph.