Champions Spain cruised into the knockout stages with a thrilling display in Nice, sweeping aside Turkey in a smooth 3-0 win.

Date: June 17,   2016

Result: Spain 3 Turkey 0

Scorers:

Spain: Morata 34, 48, Nolito 37

Turkey: none

Venue: Stade de Nice, Nice

Match overview:

Champions Spain cruised into the knockout stages with a thrilling display in Nice, sweeping aside Turkey in a smooth 3-0 victory. Turkey were unfortunate bystanders as the Spanish found their stride, dictated by the brilliant Andres Iniesta in midield and finished in style by forwards Nolito and Alvaro Morata.

Key moment:

Spain’s second goal, a slick passing move, played out from the back and finished off by Nolito. The only touch Turley got on the ball as it passed from the length of the pitch was when Turkish defender Mehmet Topal miscued his header into the path of Nolito.

Man of the match:

Nolito and Alvaro Morata grabbed all the headlines with their goals, but Andres Iniesta gave another masterclass in midfield.

Matter of fact:

Spain’s third goal involved 21 passes involving all the team members with the exception of  Gerard Pique & David De Gea.

Talking point:

Amazingly, Spain were unchanged for the first time in 53 matches under Vicente Del Bosque. The coach’s continued selection of the inexperienced Nolito had been questioned but the Celta Vigo forward answered his critics with a wonderfully measured assist for Morata’s opener and a goal himself, an instinctive finish for his fifth goal in as many games for Spain.

Alvaro Morata scored twice and dovetailed perfectly with the livewire Nolito. With Morata, a penalty-box operator, and Nolito buzzing around him,  Spain had a clear sense of purpose – a cutting edge to finish their slick midfield possession.

Stats:

Goal attempts

Spain: 18

Turkey: 6

Attempts on target

Spain: 6

Turkey: 0

Corners:

Spain: 7

Turkey: 3

Line-ups:

Spain

13 David De Gea

03 Gerard Pique

05 Sergio Busquets

06 Andres Iniesta

07 Alvaro Morata

10 Cesc Fabregas (08 Koke 71)

15 Sergio Ramos

16 Juanfran

18 Jordi Alba (02 Cesar Azpilicueta 82)

21 David Silva (21 Bruno 63)

22 Nolito

Starting formation: 4-3-3

De Gea – Juanfran, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba – Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta – David Silva, Morata, Nolito

Turkey

01 Volkan Babacan

03 Hakan Balta

06 Hakan Calhanoglu (05 Nuri Sahin 46)

07 Gokhan Gonul

08 Selcuk Inan (11 Younes Malli 71)

10 Arda Turan

14 Oguzhan Ozyakup (11 Olkay Sahan 63)

15 Mehmet Topal

16 Ozan Tufan

17 Burak Yilmaz

18 Caner Erkin

Starting formation: 4-3-3

Volkan Babacan – Gokhan Gonul,  Mehmet Topal, Hakan Balta, Caner Erkin –  Ozan Tufan, Selcuk Inan, Oguzhan Ozyakup – Hakan Calhanoglu, Burak Yilmaz, Arda Turan

Yellow cards:

Spain: Sergio Ramos 1

Turkey: Burak Yilmaz 9, Ozan Tufan 41

Referee: Milorad Mazic (Ser)

Attendance: 33,409