Spain finally came to win ways in the European Championships and secured progression to the knockout stage in the process of a 5-0 victory over Slovakia.
La Roja would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. Alvaro Morata missed a penalty after 85 minutes to make the score 1 – 0. It was 1 – 0 at the break. in its own net.
Spain would continue to score four more goals at night, including another own goal, as they eventually eased into the next round despite flattering defeats against Sweden and Poland in their first two matches.
There was understandable controversy when Aymeric Laporte switched allegiance from France to Spain, but on the pitch it was a fantastic acquisition for the latter. The Manchester City defender came on the scoreboard with a running header in the top right corner, but it was his leadership at the back that was just as impressive. He seemed to take the game to Slovakia and his distribution out of the defense was remarkable. Laporte had 81 touches on the ball and placed just one pass out of 76 attempts. Incredible.
The player who was most involved in the goals at night was Pablo Sarabia. It was his shot that cannoned from the bar in the first half that proved too much for Dubravka to handle, while he would eventually grab a deserved goal with a safe finish in the bottom corner. All in all, he scored one and assisted two more, which is a good night’s work.
Spain scored five goals and Alvaro Morata still could not get a goal. After Gerard Moreno missed a penalty kick against Poland, Morata was asked to step up against Slovakia. But he showed very little confidence when he sent a weak strike to the left, which was saved. He had five shots on goal, including three on goal, so should have really opened his account.