Spain v Turkey (Tactical Report)

Spain showed why it is still one of the top teams in the continent after totally outplaying Turkey in the Group D encounter.

Spain showed why it is still one of the top teams in the continent after outplaying Turkey in the Group D encounter.

Both the teams started with an aggressive 4-3-3 formation. Turkey started well but Spain shifted gears soon, with Barcelona midfield Andres Iniesta pulling the strings from the midfield.

Álvaro Morata opened the scoring with a fine header, Nolito providing the perfect cross. It was then Nolito’s turn to score as he capitalised on a mistake from Mehmet Topal, who misjudged Cesc Fabregas’s pass and headed the ball to the Celta Vigo striker instead of clearing it.

Turkey then simply fell apart and Spain started controlling the game, reminding us why it is the defending champion. Fluidity in Spain’s game gave Turkey all sorts of trouble with players changing positions at will and confusing the defenders.

It was the third goal which showed how Spain can be simply unstoppable on its day. Iniesta played a magnificent through ball to Jordi Alba, who could have scored himself but he squared up Morata who slotted the ball into an empty net (see picture). Spain then put its foot off the pedal, but never lost control off the game. De Gea was largely untroubled.

Going into the tournament, many people had doubted Spain because of its young squad but Del Bosque’s men have shown that they have it in them to win a record third consecutive Euro.