Ferran Torres stole the show with a hat trick as Spain bulldozed into the Nations League Finals.
In a stunning display of football, Spain humbled Germany in the Nations League sealing their spot in next year’s final tournament. France has also qualified for the final after the 4-2 encounter with Sweden that saw the latter relegated.
Many fans are trying to grapple with the thrashing at Seville. Fernando Torres even managed to squeeze a 20-yard shot past Neuer. The world-renowned German defense was unable to contain the endless forays by Luis Enrique’s side. This was the worst defeat suffered by the visitors in a competitive game - the last this happened was in 1931 during a friendly match against Austria.
Spain led halftime by 3 goals from Alvaro Morata, Rodri, and Ferrando. The second half was no different as Ferrando struck early during the second half completing a treble. Mikel Oyarzabal, the substitute drove in the sixth goal in the 89th minute to add to the four-time World Cup winner’s misery. On Saturday, Spain barely held on to Switzerland after an equalizer by Morata.
Spanish winnings sent it top of League A4 nabbing 11 points after six games, joining France among the final four on the tournament slated for October 2021.
At some point, German keeper Manuel Neuer made an impressive save of Dani Almo’s strike in a match where he retrieved the ball from the net six times. He is now Germany’s most-capped keeper, 96 games more than Sepp Maier. After the match, Neuer commented on the loss by saying, “We screwed this up together. Our body language was disappointing, we did not communicate on the pitch.” The result was disappointing for the Germans who needed a simple draw to make it to the final.
There was a scare when Sergio Canales suffered an injury to be replaced by Fabian Ruiz whose impact on the game was felt after a stunning assist to Morata who headed home in the 17th minute. Morata would have done further damage after netting in a Fernando Torres cross only for it to be ruled offside. Nevertheless, Spain settled the score by hitting the net as Torres smashed in his second of the night after a rebound from Dani Almo who made the first attempt. 5 minutes later Koki drove in a corner that was headed in by Rodri.
Late in the first half Spanish captain, retired to a muscle injury. He has an impressive record of 178 appearances for his country. Torres scored his second from his former Valencia teammate Jose Gaya to net his second goal. He later received a ball from Fabian, beat Neuer from outside the box to complete a hattrick against the mighty Germans.
After the game Spanish Manager, Luis Enrique described the result as, “One of those nights” when “everything goes exactly as planned.”