Spain clinched their berth in the knockout stages with a 5-0 rout of Slovakia in their final group game of Euro 2020. Spain was off to a flyer winning a penalty early in the game. Alvaro Morata stepped up but had his shot saved by Martin Dubravka in the Slovakia net. Dubravka went from the hero of the moment to bring the zero when he punched the ball into his own net. Aymeric Laporte doubled the Spanish lead in stoppage time of the first half when he rose highest.
Slovakia knew that a point would be sufficient for them to qualify for the knockout stages. as they began to throw caution to the wind, Spain capitalized on the space available. Pablo Sarabia scored from a Jordi Alba cross to make it 3-0. Ferran Torres and Juraj Kucka’s own goal rounded up the scoring.
Slovakia: Dubravka (4), Pekarik (5), Satka (5), Skriniar (6), Hubocan (5), Kucka (5), Hromada (5), Haraslin (4), Hamsik (5), Mak (4), Duda (4).
Subs: Lobotka (6), Duris (5), Weiss (5), Suslov (5), Benes (n/a).
Spain: Simon (6), Azpilicueta (7), Garcia (6), Laporte (7), Jordi Alba (7), Koke (7), Busquets (8), Pedri (7), Sarabia (9), Morata (5), Moreno (6).
Subs: F Torres (7), Thiago (6), P Torres (7), Traore (6), Oyarzabal (6).
Man of the match – Pablo Sarabia
With Moreno moved to the left to accommodate him, Sarabia made the most of his first start of the tournament with a hand in their first goal – albeit not as big as Dubravka’s – before getting on the scoresheet himself, and teeing up Torres’ backheeled third.
The PSG forward missed only eight passes all game and looks likely to start against Croatia in the last 16 on this form.