Shay Given

Former Newcastle United pair Shay Given and Damien Duff were unable to prevent Republic of Ireland from making an early exit from Euro 2012 on Thursday night.

The Irish went down 4-0 to Spain in Gdansk, with Chelsea's Fernando Torres bagging a brace along with one apiece for Manchester City forward David Silva and ex-Arsenal man Cesc Fabregas.

The heavy defeat was their second in as many matches in Group C of the competition, leaving Giovanni Trapattoni's men pointless and now unable to qualify for the next stage.

Spain were ahead inside four minutes when Torres pounced on a loose ball and fired high into the roof of the net past Given, who made more than 460 appearances during a near 12-year stay on Tyneside.

Silva slotted home early in the second half following a weak punch by Given, and Torres and Fabregas completed the rout with time running out.

Duff was unable to make any impact on the right wing and was replaced by Sunderland youngster James McClean after 76 minutes.

Ireland complete their fixtures on Monday, June 18, when they face Italy (7.45pm kick-off).