Morata double guides impressive Spain into last 16
NICE – Holders Spain became the first team to score more than two goals in a game at Euro 2016, beating Turkey 3-0 as Andres Iniesta shone again and forward Alvaro Morata answered his critics with a double.
They also achieved their first objective, which was to avoid a repeat of their dismal first round exit at the last World Cup, as they booked a place in the round of 16 with a game to spare.
Spain have won both of their games in Group D without conceding a goal and Turkey have lost theirs without scoring.
Angry Turkey coach Fatih Terim said his team made an unbelievable mistake on one goal and accused them of throwing in the towel.
His opposite number Vicente del Bosque was pleased that his side had been more clinical in the penalty area.
“It’s good to have fulfilled the first objective. We played well and controlled the game virtually for the 90 minutes,” he said. “There is no point in playing well on the rest of the pitch if we can’t finish.”
Turkey made a reasonably positive start but fell apart after Morata, criticised for being ineffective in the 1-0 win over Croatia, and Nolito struck in quick succession before halftime.
Spain virtually walked the ball into the net for the third, Morata tapping home after Iniesta threaded one of the best passes of the tournament through a bewildered Turkish defence.