UEFA Nations League - Group A4
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Spain 6-0 Germany: Ferran Torres hat-trick helps hosts reach Nations League finals

By Callum MatthewsBBC Sport
Ferran Torres completes his hat-trick for Spain against Germany
Ferran Torres has now scored eight goals for club and country this season

Manchester City winger Ferran Torres scored his first career hat-trick as Spain inflicted Germany's heaviest competitive defeat and joined France in the four-team Nations League finals.

In a repeat of the Euro 2008 final, former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata headed in Spain's first goal, before Torres volleyed home emphatically.

Rodri made it three with a guided header, and Torres slotted in a fourth before curling home the fifth.

Mikel Oyarzabal's tap-in made it 6-0.

Spain and France will be joined by either Belgium or Denmark from Group A2 and Italy, the Netherlands or Poland from Group A1.

Summer bargain Torres shines

Ferran Torres celebrates scoring for Spain against Germany in the Nations League
Torres had only previously scored one goal for Spain

It was a game that Spain dominated from the off - having 70% possession and 23 shots - but it was 20-year-old Torres who stole the show.

His fast, intelligent movement and eye for a goal has impressed in the opening weeks of the season, and his performance here strengthened the idea that Manchester City may have got a bargain after only paying an initial £20m for his services.

His raw pace and trickery set up an incorrectly disallowed Morata goal, before he showed composure to set himself and volley home his first.

His second again demonstrated excellent technique, as he controlled a cross that was behind him before slotting underneath Manuel Neuer.

He saved the best for last as he superbly curled home from the edge of the area to take his international tally to four goals.

His performance will have delighted fans in the blue half of Manchester, with the man he replaced at City, Leroy Sane, completely ineffective for the Germans.

The only setbacks on a fantastic night for Spain were muscular injuries to captain Sergio Ramos and Sergio Canales. But manager Luis Enrique said both injuries were "of very little importance", adding "it is not pleasant for the clubs".

Low has major work to do

Germany manager Joachim Low
Germany have won only three of their eight matches in 2020 - scoring 14 and conceding 17

Going into the game, Germany were unbeaten in 2020, and in control of Group A4.

They needed to avoid defeat to reach the finals and while that situation can sometimes lead to confusion about how to play, they were below par throughout.

They failed to register a single shot on target, with Serge Gnabry coming closest when his 22-yard effort rebounded off the bar in the dying moments.

It was a night filled with questionable tactical decisions, as Chelsea forward Timo Werner played wide left, with Gnabry through the middle in an uninspiring first-half performance.

Manager Joachim Low was given the chance to rebuild the side after elimination from the 2018 World Cup in the group stages, but with his side ranked 13th in the world, this performance suggests he has significant work to do before next year's rearranged European Championship.

Low said he didn't "know what really happened", but said he still trusts in the players.

He added: "Today we saw that we are not as far ahead in our development as we had thought and expected after the last games."

Line-ups

Spain

  • 23Simón
  • 20Roberto
  • 15RamosSubstituted forGarcíaat 43'minutes
  • 2Torres
  • 14Gayà
  • 16Rodri
  • 18TorresSubstituted forAsensioat 73'minutes
  • 8Koke
  • 6CanalesSubstituted forRuizat 12'minutes
  • 19OlmoSubstituted forMorenoat 73'minutes
  • 7MorataSubstituted forOyarzabalat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 3Cucurella
  • 4Martínez
  • 5Llorente
  • 9Moreno
  • 10Asensio
  • 11Traoré
  • 12García
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 17Ruiz
  • 21Oyarzabal
  • 22Merino

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 4Ginter
  • 15SüleSubstituted forTahat 45'minutesBooked at 67mins
  • 2KochBooked at 37mins
  • 13Max
  • 18GoretzkaSubstituted forNeuhausat 61'minutes
  • 21Gündogan
  • 8Kroos
  • 19SanéSubstituted forWaldschmidtat 61'minutes
  • 20Gnabry
  • 9WernerSubstituted forHenrichsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Uduokhai
  • 5Tah
  • 6Neuhaus
  • 7Amiri
  • 10Brandt
  • 11Waldschmidt
  • 12Leno
  • 14Henrichs
  • 17Stark
  • 22Trapp
  • 23Dahoud
Referee:
Andreas Ekberg

Match Stats

Home TeamSpainAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home23
Away2
Shots on Target
Home10
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain 6, Germany 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain 6, Germany 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Spain 6, Germany 0. Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by José Gayà.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jonathan Tah.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gerard Moreno (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Germany. Matthias Ginter tries a through ball, but Serge Gnabry is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Spain. Rodrigo tries a through ball, but Marco Asensio is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Germany. Toni Kroos tries a through ball, but Florian Neuhaus is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Moreno (Spain).

  10. Post update

    Robin Koch (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Serge Gnabry (Germany) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box following a fast break.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Benjamin Henrichs replaces Timo Werner.

  13. Post update

    José Gayà (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Florian Neuhaus (Germany).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Marco Asensio replaces Ferran Torres.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Mikel Oyarzabal replaces Álvaro Morata.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Spain. Gerard Moreno replaces Dani Olmo.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Spain 5, Germany 0. Ferran Torres (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fabián Ruiz.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Robin Koch.

  20. Booking

    Jonathan Tah (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy52305239
2Netherlands52215328
3Poland52125417
4Bos-Herze502339-62

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium5401124812
2Denmark531163310
3England521234-17
4Iceland5005313-100

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France6510125716
2Portugal6411124813
3Croatia6105916-73
4Sweden6105513-83

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain63211331011
2Germany62311013-39
3Ukraine5203510-56
4Switzerland503268-23

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Austria540185312
2Norway430111389
3Romania411248-44
4Northern Ireland5014310-71

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland531153210
2Czech Rep53027529
3Israel512267-15
4Slovakia511358-34

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia52219728
2Hungary52215418
3Turkey51316606
4Serbia503247-33

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales541040413
2Finland540162412
3R. of Ireland502314-32
4Bulgaria501427-51

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Montenegro6411102813
2Luxembourg631275210
3Azerbaijan613224-26
4Cyprus6114210-84

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1North Macedonia52309729
2Armenia52218628
3Georgia51316606
4Estonia502359-42

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Slovenia541081713
2Greece532061511
3Kosovo502336-32
4Moldova5014110-91

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belarus531185310
2Albania52215238
3Lithuania512236-35
4Kazakhstan511347-34

M

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Faroe Islands633095412
2Malta62318629
3Latvia61418447
4Andorra6024111-102

N

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Gibraltar42203128
2Liechtenstein41213215
3San Marino402203-32
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