Euro 2016: Spain 3-0 Turkey: Dominant La Roja ease to Round of 16

first_img Nolito is congratulated by his teammates following a wonderful solo performance A dominating performance by Spain saw them run out 3-0 winners over a lacklustre Turkey side in Nice.The victors became the first side to score more than two goals in the tournament, and in doing so, secured their qualification to the Round of 16.Despite the first goal not coming until 34 minutes into the game, it was clear from the opening stages that Vicente del Bosque’s men were in complete control of proceedings.Andres Iniesta once again dictated proceedings, leading to chances for Nolito and Alvaro Morata – both which missed the target.However, Turkey couldn’t hold out for long, and it was Juventus forward Morata who grabbed the opener with a perfectly weighted header from Nolito’s inswinging cross.It was no more than La Roja deserved, and the lead was doubled just three minutes later, with provider turning goalscorer.Cesc Fabregas had possession just outside the area, and he sent a lovely ball dipping into the area. Mehmet Topal was there to clear from danger, but he misjudged his header, and saw it bounce backwards off his head to land perfectly for Nolito to finish past Volkan Babacan in the Turkish goal.The Spaniards were toying with their opponents, Nolito and Iniesta at the heart of some great attack play, and Hakan Balta prevented Gerard Pique adding a third from Morata’s cross – with the Barcelona centre-back deciding to play in attack for a time.Turkey must have been grateful when the half-time whistle was blown, as they could recuperate in the break, but they came out and were back under pressure almost immediately.Just three minutes into the second period, Iniesta sent a perfect pass into the path of full-back Jordi Alba, who cut the ball across the face of goal for Morata to tap home.It was Spain’s third goal, and his second, and the 23-year-old was unlucky to not complete his hat-trick less than a minute later – but he failed to direct Iniesta’s lofted ball towards goal.Burak Yilmaz registered a rare chance for Turkey, turning Pique well before firing high and wide when it looked easier to hit the target. It just about summed up the performance put in by Fatih Terim’s men.Spain had no need to play with any intensity, and so were content passing the ball around in a methodic rhythm; the game came to replicate a training match.As a result, Turkey never had the ball so could never launch any of their own attacks, their motivation fading with every completed Spanish pass.The game drew to a close with nothing of note happening in the dying stages, with a place in the last 16 booked for an emphatic Spain team. 1last_img


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