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​EURO2016: Spain brush aside Turkey resistance

Spain became the first team to score three goals at these Championships after coasting to a 3-0 success over a dispirited Turkey outfit.

The weight of history was always against Turkey in this fixture, being 62 years since they last enjoyed a victory against Spain. And their cause was not helped by conceding two goals in three first half minutes when it looked as if they would reach the break on level terms.

Spain had created chances prior to this brace but were finally rewarded on 34 minutes when a Nolito sent in a dangerous cross which Alvaro Morata met in the centre of goal to glance a header past Volkan Babacan.

Three minutes later and some dreadful Turkish defending allowed Spain to double their advantage. Cesc Fabregas dinked in a cross but Mehmet Topal's dreadful headed clearance fell kindly for Nolito to finish with ease.

Turkey had previously kept their shape and frustrated Spain to just a couple of chances but once they conceded all discipline seemed to disappear and Spaniards could have added to their score line before the half-time whistle.

Spain had only conceded one goal in their last 10 games in the tournament leaving Turkey with a difficult task to rescue the game, with the danger that if they committed men forward their opponents were more than capable of making them pay on the break.

Within three minutes of the restart and after Turkey had almost fashioned a chance at the Spanish end, Spain broke quickly and some clever inter-passing ended with Morata finishing the simplest of chances.

Credit to Turkey for not totally capitulating as might have been expected as Spain turned on an exhibition type performance for the rest of the half. The Turkish supporters took out their frustration on former star player Arda Turan who was booed with every touch of the ball.

With 13 minutes to go the Mexican Wave started, a sure sign the fans of both sides had decided the game was over.

Euro 2016 - Group D

Spain: 3 (Morata 34, 48 Nolito 37)

Turkey: 0

Allianz Riviera, Nice

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