Euro 2016: Spain thump Turkey 3-0 to storm into knockouts

Jun 18, 2016, 09:03 IST | IANS

Nice (France): Spain booked their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2016 with an emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey in Nice on Friday.

Spain's midfielder Cesc Fabregas, Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta, Spain's forward Nolito, Spain's defender Jordi Alba and Spain's forward Alvaro Morata celebrate after scoring the 3-0 against Turkey's goalkeeper Volkan Babacan (L) during the Euro 2016 group D football match between Spain and Turkey at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice on June 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO

Alvaro Morata gave Spain the lead late in the first half, rising between Turkey's centre-backs to superbly direct Nolito's pinpoint cross into Volkan Babacan's top left-hand corner.

The defending champions doubled their advantage within three minutes with Nolito turning goalscorer this time, taking advantage of a poor Mehmet Topal header to finish from close range.

Morata added his second, and Spain's third, shortly after the restart.

That result means that Turkey will need to beat the Czech Republic in their final game to have a chance of staying in the competition.

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