The best soccer nation in the world looked like the world’s best on Thursday.
Team Spain got out of the gate fast and cruised to a convincing 4-0 victory over Team Ireland in Group C Action of the World Cup.
Fernando Torres of Chelsea, who was the Most Valuable Player in the Euro 2008 Championship Final in Spain’s 1-0 win over Germany, scored twice. David Silva of English Premier League Champion Manchester City and Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona also delivered with goals in the Spanish victory.
With the win Spain moves to first place in Group C with a win and a tie. They are actually tied with Croatia, but lead on goal differential. Spain is +4, while Croatia is +2 following their 1-1 draw with Italy on Thursday.
The Italians, who now have two draws, had a commanding 1-0 lead on Croatia today thanks to a first half goal by Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo, but Croatia came back to tie on a second half marker by Mario Mandzukic, his third goal of the tournament.