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Euro 2020: Perfect Spain thrash Slovakia to qualify

Spain left the best for the last, as they thrashed Slovakia in the final group match to qualify for the round of 16.

Spain had the early chance after Koke won a penalty, but Alvaro Morata’s spot-kick was saved by Martin Dubravka.

Dubravka then turned from hero to villain, after conceding an own goal, punching a ball into his net without any pressure on the half-hour mark.

In the third minute of first-half stoppage, Aymeric Laporte scored his first-ever goal for Spain, to give the Spaniards a 2-0 lead over Slovakia, with a lovely header, sending the ball in the direction Dubravka was coming from. 

Ten minutes after the restart, Barcelona connection between Pedri and Jodi Alba was what led to the third goal, as Pablo Sarabia’s left-footed shot hit the upright, and into the back of the net.

Sarabia then became the provider in the 67th minutes, after receiving another lovely pass from Pedri to set up substitute, Ferran Torres, who scored a cheeky goal with his first touch, seconds after coming on.

Four minutes after that, Spain made it 5-0, as another substitute, Pau Torres forced another goal, as the ball ricocheted off Juraj Kucha, into the back of the next for the second own goal in the game.

Spain have now qualified for the second round of the European Championship and will face Croatia in the Round of 16 in Copenhagen. 

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