Ireland's press on Friday reflected on the national side's 4-0 defeat to Spain, assessing that Giovanni Trapattoni's team had been simply outclassed by Spanish masters.
"Murder on the Gdansk floor" the Irish Sun said in its headline.
The Irish Times dug deep into its stock of Spanish references to describe the game, which saw Fernando Torres score twice, with goals too from David Silva and Cesc Fabregas and long periods where the Irish side were chasing shadows.
"They really should ban Spanish bullfighting," the Times said on its website irishtimes.com.
"Never did the old schoolyard phrase seem truer: they ran rings around us. Any hope that it would be otherwise proved delusional.