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Spain thrash Germans as new boy Ferran Torres grabs first career hat-trick

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Spain humilates Germany 6-0 as they enter Nations Cup finals in a ceremonious style.

 

This was Germany’s heaviest every defeat in a competitive fixture.

 

In addition, they were three down at the break – not since 2006, against Italy, had they suffered such a humiliating start – and the incredible thing was, the scoreline arguably flattered the visitors.

 

They offered absolutely nothing going forward, with Toni Kroos admitting, “Spain showed us how to attack.” He wasn’t exaggerating either.

 

Germany managed just two shots all game, and none on target. And that’s despite Germany fielding a forward line containing not only Gnabry but also Leroy Sane and Timo Werner.

Remarkably, the 2014 world champions were even worse at the back.

With Matthias Ginter and Phillip Max repeatedly caught out of position by hat-trick hero Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo, and Robin Koch and Niklas Sule failing dismally to contain Alvaro Morata, Spain looked like scoring every single time they attacked.

Spain had 14 shots during the opening 45 minutes – Germany managed one.

 

The gulf in class was both shocking and embarrassing. Germany, remember, had gone into this game top of their Nations League group, needing only a point to progress to next year’s finals.

 

However, there is no denying that this is a side in decline. They’ve been struggling since the 2018 World Cup, when they crashed out in almost farcical circumstances in the group stage.

Low recognised that, of course, infamously deciding to end the international careers of Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.

Expect to hear the names of all three players mentioned repeatedly in the coming days, as Low’s critics argue that maybe the problem in Russia two years ago wasn’t the players – but the coach.

It was certainly hard not to look a team full of world-class players being toyed with on Tuesday night and wonder if Low has lost his way.

 

Ominously, they had arrived in Seville having kept just once clean sheet since last November. That porous defence was ruthlessly exposed by Spain’s electric front three.

 

Alvaro Morata, Ferran and Rodri gave Luis Enrique’s side a 3-0 halftime lead, while Ferran struck again early in the second half and completed his treble with a classy finish.

 

Substitute Mikel Oyarzabal tapped in the sixth goal in the 89th minute to adorn an incredible Spain display and deepen four-times world champions Germany’s misery.

 

“We walked all over them in every sense,” said Spain midfielder Rodri. “We scored six but it could have been far more. We are still a group with little experience but this will give us a lot of confidence.”

 

Morata meanwhile took pleasure in silencing Spain’s critics after they snatched a 1-1 draw away to Switzerland on Saturday.

 

“We had the opportunity to send a strong message out to the whole world and we have done just that,” he said.

 

The victory saw Spain finish top of League A4 with 11 points after six games, joining France in the final four tournament, which will take place in October 2021.

 

“It’s definitely a bitter defeat. It’s very, very disappointing for us all. I am part of the team. We talk about the we. We screwed this up together. Our body language was disappointing, we did not communicate on the pitch. We should have talked more,” German keeper Manuel Neuer said after the match.

 

The Germans, who only needed a draw to progress to the final phase, came second with nine.

 

Spain suffered an early injury setback when Sergio Canales was taken off but his replacement Fabian Ruiz had an immediate impact, sending in a superb delivery from a corner and Morata rose unmarked at the far post to head home in the 17th minute.

 

Morata netted again soon after by connecting with a cross from Ferran but his strike was incorrectly ruled offside, with no VAR in operation in the Nations League.

 

However, Spain quickly shrugged off any sense of injustice as Ferran smashed in their second goal on the rebound in the 33rd after Dani Olmo had glanced against the post, while Rodri headed home a corner from Koke five minutes later.

 

Spain lost captain Sergio Ramos to a suspected muscle injury towards the end of the first half on his European record-extending 178th appearance for his country but they grew ever more confident after the break as Germany continued to wilt.

 

Dani Olmo spurned a chance to add to Spain’s lead, allowing Neuer to make a rare save in a match where his main task was picking the ball out of the net on a night when he became Germany’s most capped keeper with 96 games ahead of Sepp Maier.

 

But Ferran showed no mercy, taking a pass from ex-Valencia teammate Jose Gaya to net his second and then receiving a ball from Fabian and beating Neuer from outside the box to become the first Spain player to score a hat-trick against Germany.

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Uk government to allow 1000 fans to watch Anthony vs Pulev fight at wembley stadium

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One thousand fans will be allowed to watch the coming boxing big battle between English and Nigeria star Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian opponent Kubrat Pulev.

This will be the first time this year that the United Kingdom government will be allowing fans into the stadium since March due to the serious disturbance of deadly COVID-19. Coronavirus disturbed virtually all sporting activities in England and the rest of the world as the Premier League games was also stopped for three months. And since the return of football in England and other parts of the world, the English government are still locking all stadiums so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Anthony Joshua will be putting his heavyweight titles on the line against Kubrat Pulev in a duel that will come up on December 12.

According to the report on Daily Mail, PDC chairman Barry Hearn explained that he is waiting for more information from the UK government. ‘We are geared up for fans to come back. If they give me 1,000 I will be over the moon but we waiting on more information from the government and health authorities. ‘We have got the AJ fight coming up as well without a ticketing agency, but believe you me we are standing by and waiting to press a big red button on my desk.” Anthony Joshua’s last professional fight was against Andy Ruiz and the 31-year-old did well to beat the Mexican and collected his titles back

One thousand fans will be allowed to watch the coming boxing big battle between English and Nigeria star Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian opponent Kubrat Pulev.

 

 

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