Luis Enrique Delighted By Spanish Landmark Win

Luis Enrique Delighted By Spanish Landmark Win Photo: TT
Pablo Sarabia of Spain celebrates his goal during the match between Spain and Slovakia of Euro 2020, group E, matchday 3, played at La Cartuja Stadium

Spain thrashed Slovakia 5-0 to secure their spot in the Euro 2020 last 16, recording the equal biggest win in tournament history.

La Roja have been jeered and booed during the tournament after opening the Euros with draws against Sweden and Poland.

Alvaro Morata had been the subject of plenty of displeasure and he missed an early penalty, before Spain got a touch of fortune with a Martin Dubravka own goal.

Aymeric Laporte put Spain 2-0 up on the stroke of half-time, before second-half strikes from Pablo Sarabia, Ferran Torres and a Juraj Kucka own goal.

“We will go step by step. I’ve spoken about what I believe we can achieve and the expectations we have as a national team and I haven’t changed my opinion,” Spain boss Luis Enrique told his media conference.

“We have certainly popped that bottle of Cava, therefore we are delighted, we are pleased the fans and players have had a good time. Now its time for us to get another bottle of Cava and see if we can pop that too.”

Sweden won 3-2 over Poland to claim top spot in Group E, finishing ahead of Spain as runners-up, setting up a last-16 clash with 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia.

“They are a top team with players we know well, we played in the Nations League two years ago as well,” Luis Enrique said.

“It will be a tough match but when you get to last 16 you cant expect easy teams.”

Emil Forsberg scored a double for Sweden in their victory, although they fluffed their two-goal advantage with Robert Lewandowski netting a double, as Poland chased an avenue into the knockout stage.

Viktor Claesson scored a 90th minute winner to send Sweden into the last 16, where they will face Ukraine.

Ben somerford
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