Nations League review: Spain 6-0 Germany – Ferran Torres hat-trick fires Spain to Final Four

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https://www.sportinglife.com-Spain celebrate their thumping win over Germany

Manchester City forward Ferran Torres scored a hat-trick as Spain thrashed Germany 6-0 in Seville to clinch a place in the Nations League Finals.

Former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata’s header began the rout before Torres’ fired home his first of the night on the rebound; it was as good as over by half-time after his City’s team-mate Rodri headed in.

Shortly after the break Torres finished off a quick counter attack to end any faint hopes of a Germany comeback, and completed his hat-trick with a curled, first-time strike that gave Manuel Neuer no chance.

There was still time for Mikel Oyarzabal to tap in and cap a miserable night for the Germans, who had only needed a draw to win Group A2.

Relegation is still to be decided after Switzerland’s clash with Ukraine in Lucerne was called off following more positive Covid-19 tests in the visitors’ camp.

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France had already made sure of their place in the last-four tournament, and finished off their A3 campaign with a 4-2 win over Sweden, who are regulated to League B.

Sweden had taken an early lead at Stade de France through a deflected shot from Viktor Claesson after just four minutes.

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud soon equalised, before right-back Benjamin Pavard made it 2-1 in the 36th minute after Marcus Thuram’s shot was blocked.

Substitute Kylian Mbappe teed up Giroud to head home his second just before the hour.

Robin Quaison struck a late consolation for the Swedes, but Kingsley Coman had only been on for a few minutes when he scored a fourth for Les Bleus in stoppage time.

Portugal, the inaugural Nations League winners, scored a late winner from Manchester City defender Ruben Dias to sign off with a 3-2 win over Croatia, who finished with 10 men in Split.

Mateo Kovacic put the home side ahead when he tucked in a rebound after 29 minutes, but Croatia – who themselves could have been relegated if results went against them – had Marko Rog sent off for a second caution soon after the restart.

Manchester City defender Dias equalised in the 52nd minute with his first international goal, with Joao Felix adding a second for Portugal on the hour.

Kovacic hauled the World Cup runners-up level five minutes later, but Dias sealed victory for Portugal when he capitalised on a fumble from the Croatia goalkeeper.

 

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