Spain inflict worst defeat on Germany, 6-0 in Nations League

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SEVILLE, Spain – Spain handed Germany their worst loss in a competitive game on Wednesday, winning 6-0 to advance to the UEFA Nations League Final Four.Ferran Torres pulled off a hat trick to lead Spain to historic victory in the deciding Group 4 game.

Germany’s only five-goal loss in a competitive game was West Germany’s 8-3 loss to Hungary in the group stage of the 1954 World Cup. West beat Hungary in the final. In non-competitive matches, Germany also lost 6-0 to Austria in a friendly match in 1931.

The win ended a three-game winless streak for Spain, which has not seen four games without a win since the late 1980s.

“It’s important to come back to victory with a great performance like this,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique. “We must take advantage of this superb result.”

Last year Spain failed to qualify for the Final Four after conceding late in the game against Croatia.

The Germans would have advanced with a draw, but Spain dominated early and took control with three goals in each half. Visitors had only two attempts in total, none on target.

“It’s definitely one of the worst defeats of my career,” said German and Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos. ” It hurts. ”

Spain got the convincing victory despite most of the game without captain Sergio Ramos, who missed two shots on goal in the 1-1 draw against Switzerland. Ramos had to be replaced by Èric García just before the break with an apparent muscle injury to his right leg.

“A historic night that will help us grow as a team,” Ramos said on Twitter after the game.

Spain were constantly threatening up front, forcing German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to make a few good saves to prevent the visitors from launching into a bigger hole. Spain wasted several counter-attacking opportunities throughout the game at an empty La Cartuja stadium in Sevilla.

“To put this kind of pressure on a team like Germany, you need excellent collective work from everyone, in attack and defense,” said Luis Enrique. “We made them suffer and prevented them from threatening.”

Álvaro Morata opened the scoring in the 17th minute with a header through the top of the net on a corner kick from Fabián Ruiz, who came off the bench after an early injury to Sergio Canales.

Torres took the lead in the 33rd with a point blank shot after Dani Olmo’s header ricocheted off the crossbar, and five minutes later it was Rodri’s header from a corner that gave the hosts a lead 3-0 at halftime.

Torres added to the rout in the 55th and 71st minutes after further quick counterattacks from the hosts, and Mikel Oyarzabal closed the scoring in the 89th.

Morata had a goal disallowed for offside in the 23rd.

“We saw a great version of Spain,” said Rodri, who scored his first goal for the national team. “We could have scored even more. It was 6-0 but it could have been more.

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