Spain cruise past Turkey

An Alvaro Morata brace helped Spain to an emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey in their second Group D match of the European Championship at Allianz Riviera in Nice.

  • Spain 3 Turkey 0
  • Morata opens scoring
  • Nolito adds second
  • Morata completes brace
  • Spain qualify for next round

Match Summary

Despite dominating from early on, Spain needed to wait until the 35th minute before Alvaro Morata was able to breach the resolute Turkey defence with a good header.

Two minutes later, Nolito doubled La Furia Roja's lead before Morata outlined Spain's dominance over Turkey when he completed his brace and the rout in the 48th minute.

Full Report

It was clear from the opening whistle there would only be one winner in this match.

The Spanish were on the front foot early on and put an immense amount of pressure on the Turkish backline.

Morata tested Volkan Babacan in the eighth minute with an ambitious 25-yard strike after out-muscling Hakan Balta, before heading a Jordi Alba cross into the post four minutes later.

Pique then sent a header from David Silva corner inches over the crossbar as Spain began to turn the screws.

But despite their early dominance, Turkey were able to keep Spain at bay for a full 35 minutes before Morata was able to bag the breakthrough. Nolito created the goal by cutting in off the left wing before curling the ball into the box with his right foot for Morata, who used the pace of the ball to steer it past Babacan with a deft header.

They wouldn't have to wait nearly as long for the second as, just two minutes later, Nolito got himself on the scoresheet after Mehmet Topal failed to head clear a Cesc Fabregas chip over the defence. His poor header fell for Nolito in behind the back four, and he let it bounce before taking it on the half volley to beat the Turkish goalkeeper.

At this point it seemed like it could get a bit ugly for Turkey with Morata, Andres Iniesta and Fabregas all having chances to extend Spain's lead before half time.

The second half got off to the worst possible start for the struggling Turkish side as Iniesta threaded a delicious ball through the defence for Alba, who squared it for Morata to tap into an empty net and give Spain a 3-0 lead.

La Furia Roja took their foot off the gas after the third goal, allowing Turkey a couple of half chances through Burak Yilmaz, but they never looked in serious danger of conceding.

In fact, despite dropping a gear, Spain still looked the more likely to add to the score with Silva squandering two chances in quick succession. The first was blocked behind for a corner, while he was unable to hit the target from just inside the box from the resulting corner.

By keeping a clean sheet in this match, the impressive Spanish defence have now gone 680 minutes without conceding in the European Championship, a tournament record. The win secures their progress to the round of 16 and need only a draw in their final match against Croatia to claim top spot in Group D.

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