Morata at the double in 3-0 win


June 18, 2016
Spain's Alvaro Morata (right) is congratulated by his teammate Gerard Pique after scoring his side's third goal during the Euro 2016 Group D match between Spain and Turkey at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, yesterday.

NICE, France (AP):

Alvaro Morata scored twice as defending champions Spain cruised to a 3-0 victory over Turkey yesterday to qualify for the knockout stages of the European Championship.

Spain recorded the largest winning margin of the tournament so far with a second victory that left them top of Group D. Turkey's second defeat leaves them needing to beat the Czech Republic in their last game to have any hope of qualifying.

After squandering a series of chances in an opening 1-0 win over the Czechs, forwards Morata and Manuel "Nolito" Agudo scored goals three minutes apart in the first half to give Spain a decisive 2-0 lead.

"We scored goals, which was something we hadn't been doing recently, so it was perfect. But we haven't won anything yet," coach Vicente del Bosque said.

Morata opened the scoring with a header into the top-right corner off a pass over the top by Nolito in the 34th minute.

An error by the Turkey defence set up the second goal as centre-back Mehmet Topal failed to clear Cesc Fabregas' lobbed pass and instead lobbed it into the path of Nolito, who slid the ball in despite slipping as he took the shot.

Spain made it 3-0 three minutes into the second half when Andres Iniesta's through ball found Jordi Alba, who appeared slightly offside in the box, and the Barcelona left-back squared it for Morata to apply a simple finish.

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