HE may have scored the goal that secured the trophy for Spain in the last European Championships.

But the only highlights for Fernando Torres during Spain’s opening Euro 2012 match against Italy were in his hair.

The hapless striker will hope to redeem himself tonight against the Republic of Ireland after missing a string of chances during a woeful 16-minute cameo appearance.

The match was a bad day all round for the Spanish, with players whining about the state of the pitch and fans accused of directing racist chants at Italy star Mario Balotelli.