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Published: 21:50 | 17/6/16

Spain ease to victory over Turkey

Morata and Nolito with the goals

A brace from Alvaro Morata and a fine finish from Nolito helped Spain to a very easy 3-0 win over Turkey in Group D at Euro 2016.

Spain was simply a class apart from their opponents as they dominated possession from start to finish without really getting out of third gear.

Turkey, on the other hand, lacked any sort of cohesion and seemed to give up once Spain went two nil ahead and they now face a very difficult route to qualification for the last 16.

The start of the game followed a similar pattern to the reigning champions opener against the Czech Republic with Andre Iniesta & co dominating possession without really threatening the Turkish goal.

And it was a set-piece that led to their first chance after 12 minutes when Gerard Pique rose highest to meet a corner, but he headed into the ground and over when he should have hit the target.

La Roja continued to dominate possession after this chance but they were almost undone after 26 minutes when Hakan Calhanoglu curled a free-kick onto the roof of the David de Gea’s net.

However, this was just a momentary lapse and the Spanish side took total control of proceedings with two goals in three minutes.

The first arrived when Nolito whipped in a superb cross that was met by Alvaro Morata who guided a fine header into the far corner to make it 1-0.

And it was two just minutes later when Cesc Fabregas clipped in a ball that was totally misjudged by Mehmet Topal.

Topal headed into the path of Nolito and he made no mistake in firing home to double his side’s advantage heading into the break.

The second half started much like the first finished with Spain in control and they completely killed the game off after three minutes of the half.

Iniesta collected 30 yards from goal and slipped a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Jordi Alba who squared for Morata, to ensure that every outfield Spanish player had touched the ball, and he tapped-in to make it three.

Spain simply frustrated Turkey after this as they kept hold of the ball and completely controlled the game and although they created one or two half chances, they were unable to add to their lead and settled for an impressive 3-0 win to make it two wins from two.

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