Alvaro Morata struck twice on Friday night as defending champions, Spain overpowered Turkey; beating them 3-0 to secure their place in the Round of 16 in the ongoing Euro Championships.
Two quick goals inside three minutes from Morata and Nolito gave Spain the lead in the first half of their clash against Group D rivals Turkey in Nice.
In a rather ‘strange’ manner, Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque named an unchanged XI to play Turkey from the side that started Euro 2016 with a win over Czech Republic, the first time in 52 internationals.
As would be expected by many, Spain dominated right from the blast of the whistle in Nice, despite Sergio Ramos getting a yellow card in just the second minute.
Turkey’s only chance in the first half come from a Hakan Calhanoglu free kick, which the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder swung marginally over the goalkeeper’s bar.
Nolito was involved in Spain’s first goal as his pinpoint cross was met by Alvaro Morata, who simply guided it past Babacan.
The second goal for Spain came moments later when hapless defending from Mehmet Topal saw the makeshift defender cushion Fabregas’ chipped pass straight to Nolito, who hit the ball first time past an exposed Babacan in the penalty area.
Spain put the icing on the cake in the second half with one more goal from Morata as they became the first team in France to score more than two goal in a match.
Spain 3-0 Turkey
Morata 34, Nolito 37, 48
Spain: De Gea; Juanfran, Pique, Ramos, Alba (Azpilicueta 81); Busquets, Cesc (Koke 70), Iniesta; Silva (Bruno 64), Morata, Nolito
Turkey: Babacan; Gonul, Topal, Balta, Erkin; Tufan, Inan (Malli 70), Ozyakup (Sahan 62); Calhanoglu (Sahin 46), Yilmaz, Turan
Referee: Mazic [SER