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Sunday 17 December 2017

What they said ...

"I think that warm milk just isn't working as a half-time drink." - Dara O Briain



"ya know what ireland are unreal at? lettin in goals in the first few minutes of games..class at it"

- Niall Horan

"860 passes for Spain tonight, the only way Ireland could do that is if we put Jason McAteer on Mastermind!"

- Barry Cahill

"Torres.really? Now you start scoring again!!"

- Andrew Maxwell

"Spain are the greatest team of the generation. Perhaps of the last 30 years. They were toying with us from the very start and saving themselves for the knockout stages. They'll probably only be disappointed with Xavi Alonso picking up a yellow card.

In contrast, this Republic team are not a patch on previous Ireland teams who have competed in major tournaments. Honest and hard working, yes, but they lack anything near the required technical ability to trouble Croatia, never mind Spain."

- Brian Kerr

"At the end of the day, I wouldn't want to be anything but Irish."

- Amy Huberman

"Fabregas coming off the bench, in fairness... That says it all"

- Evanne Ni Chuilinn

"I'd still rather by Irish than Spanish #COYBIG

-- Holly Carpenter

"Great to see our lads sing the anthem. Refreshing change #COYBIG #IrelandvSpain and yes we can!"

-- Bernard Dunne:

"Trapattoni's plan was to flood the centre of the pitch and stifle Spain's creativity, but better teams have tried that and failed and Ireland would be no different. The Ireland coach admitted prior to the game that Spain are 'Real Madrid and Barcelona, without Lionel Messi,' so Cox, Keith Andrews and Glenn Whelan deserved sympathy for their task of having to shackle Xavi, Andres Ingesta and David Silva.

Sadly, it was like watching a practice game involving ten green traffic cones at times as Spain cut Ireland apart and Torres's goal was the perfect example."

- Mark Ogden

"I'm proud to be Irish anyway. Singing is way better craic than kicking around a leather sphere full of air."

-- Rubberbandits

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