17th of June 2016

Spain in last-16 after impressive win over Turkey (3-0)

The National Team has achieved the greatest win in the EURO so far (3-0) against Turkey and opts for a place in the next round. Two goals by Morata and another by Nolito, gave Spain their second win.

The magnificent Stade de Nice, with 8000 Spain fans, bore witness to Spain’s second win in the EURO Group Stage. The rival to beat tonight was Turkey and that was the result, three goals in Spain’s favour, which gets a step closer to the following round of 16.

Ten minutes in and despite the Turkish side’s intentions of creating an active rhythm, Spain already had three clear chances: a far shot by Morata that forced Babacan to intervene; another opportunity for Pique. Slightly tougher than some thought, all the actions went for Arda on behalf of the Turks who held the weight of the team. Iniesta and Silva created a dance of threats, which created nerves.

We all know the predictibility of Spain’s game, so predictable and well-known that it is still effective. Fatih Terim, who knows a great deal about this sport, looked to interrupt Iniesta and Silva’s game, but couldn’t deal with Busquets a stone pillar. Vicente del Bosque had faith in his squad, relying on the same XI as in the first match, with Piqué and Alba toughening the situation for the Turkish squad who did not make credible chances in Spain’s half.

Then, all of a sudden, Spain broke the spell and scored two in less than three minutes. Morata, Spain’s striker, scored in the 34th with a header after a cross by Nolito, as a speedy shot by Jordi Alba. Three minutes later, Spain would distance themselves on the scoreboard Cesc got ahead with a high shot that hit Mehmet Topal and Nolito picked it up and shot, two goals in less than five minutes.

Iniesta was splendid, as always, displaying his skill and personifying football. Once again he was named ‘Man of the Match’, twice in a row, creating chances for the Spanish side - dominant throughout the hour and a half of match. In the 48’, Jordi Alba, one of the greatest players of the night who gave Álvaro Morata his first chance. Morata scored again, the third, the definite goal.

This win has a great deal of value for the squad. Because of how it was achieved, especially, because it was not easy from the start and because it creates an even greater vibe among the players, more faith for the fans. Now it’s time to think about Croatia, the third and final Group Stage match.


- Match stats:

Spain (3): De Gea; Juanfran, Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba (Azpilicueta, m. 80); Cesc (Koke, m. 70), Sergio Busquets, Iniesta; Silva (Bruno, m. 64), Morata y Nolito.

Turkey (0): Babacan; Gonul, Topal, Balta, Erkin; Calhanoglu (Nuri Sahin, m. 46), Ozan Tufan, Inan (Yunus Malli, m. 70), Ozyakup (Sahan, m. 62), Arda Turan; y Burak Yilmaz.


1-0, m. 34: Morata
2-0, m. 37: Nolito
3-0, m. 48: Morata.
Bookings: Mirolad Mazic (Serbia). Amonestó al español Sergio Ramos (m. 1) y a los turcos Burak Yilmaz (m. 9) y Ozan Tufan (m. 40).


- Match report by sefutbol.com


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