Spain down Irish

Conor Sammon gives Gerard Pique a hard time. Credit: PA

Sean St Ledger had hero status snatched from his grasp as the Republic of Ireland very nearly held Spain to a draw in New York.

Spain lead through substitute Roberto Soldado's 69th-minute strike when central defender St Ledger stabbed home what he thought was an equaliser with nine minutes remaining.

However, an offside flag against team-mate Simon Cox cut short his celebrations. With Juan Mata scoring a second late on for the World champions.

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