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Sunday 17 December 2017

Nowhere to hide

Trap's plan in tatters as Spain pain looms large

GIOVANNI TRAPATTONI and his system have nowhere to hide after Slaven Bilic and Croatia doled out a Euro 2012 lesson in Poznan.

Spain now loom ominously and the outlook is grim. Despite all the pre-match optimism, Ireland and the system which delivered a 14-match unbeaten run collapsed when the pressure came on.

Trapattoni panicked and ended the game with three strikers and one winger on the pitch, his much-vaunted balance in disarray.

“The first goal was our mistake, the second the referee's and the third ours again,” said Trapattoni wearily after the game.

“They were superior in midfield. Our performance was not like other games.

“I tried to change things and I thought about the next game so I gave a rest to Robbie Keane and Kevin Doyle.

“Spain is another game and I have to think hard about making changes,” added Trapattoni and the consensus among Ireland's remarkable travelling support was that skipper Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady should be first in the firing line.

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