Publish: 18 Nov 2020, 10:50 am
Spain forward Ferran Torres scored a first career hat trick as his side routed helpless Germany 6-0 at home on Tuesday to storm the final four of the League of Nations.
Goals from Alvaro Morata, Ferran and Rodri gave Luis Enrique a convincing 3-0 lead at half time, while Ferran hit again early in the second half, ending in a classy finish, reports Reuters.
Substitute Mikel Oyarzabal tapped into the sixth goal in the 89th minute to decorate Spain's impressive showing and intensify Germany's misery by four-time world champions.
The victory saw Spain finish the top of the A4 League with 11 points after six games, while the Germans, who only needed a draw to advance to the final stage, finished second with nine.
Spain endured an early injury setback when Sergio Canales was forced off but his replacement Fabian Ruiz had an immediate impact, sending in a superb corner delivery and Morata rose unmarked at the far post to head home in the 17th minute.
Morata scored again shortly afterwards, connecting with the Ferran cross, but his shot was wrongly discarded, with no VAR working in the League of Nations.
However, Spain quickly shrugged off their sense of injustice as Ferran smashed in their second goal on the rebound in the 33rd after Dani Olmo had glanced against the post, while Rodri headed home a corner from Koke five minutes later.
Spain lost Captain Sergio Ramos to a suspected muscle injury at the end of the first half, but they were more optimistic after the break as Germany started to wilt.
Dani Olmo spurned a simple chance to add to Spain's lead, allowing Germany's Manuel Neuer to make a rare save in a match in which his main task was to get the ball out of the net.
But Ferran showed no mercy, making the most of a generous pass from ex-Valencia team mate Jose Gaya to score his second, then showing his confidence by receiving a pass from Fabian and beating Neuer with a first-time finish from outside the box.