The last game of the day saw Spain take on Turkey
The game was surely the best of the day and probably the most outstanding performance by any team in the tournament thus far. Spain destroyed their Turkish opponents 3-0. Former Real Madrid player, Morata scored a double, while ex-Barcelona youngster, Nolito scored the other.
Spain looked like the complete team; their passing was delightful, the defence was firm and their finishing was razor sharp. They created chance after chance, testing the ability of Volkan Babacan with every one. The Turkish defence came under constant pressure and at times seemed out of their depth. They struggled to deal with Nolito’s quick feet and speed and had absolutely no answer to the ever radiant Iniesta. Alba’s overlaps were also dangerous.
Iniesta is the M-A-N
There are no more words left in the English language, which haven’t been used to describe Iniesta’s genius before and no one word can perfectly express his dexterity.
The Barca man controlled the game with his scintillating, well-weighted, inch-perfect passes and was the main creative hub of the team. He hardly put a foot wrong and has yet to turn in a lax performance in this tournament. He has had a hand in every goal the Spanish have scored so far and will be pivotal in their attempt to complete the treble.
The complete team?
The brilliance of Iniesta aside, Del Bosque’s men looked sturdy and had variety to their game, much unlike the opener. They frustrated the Turkish with their passing and occasionally switched up the tempo through Nolito and Morata- a partnership looks to be developing between the two and alongside the prowess of Iniesta could be essential to La Roja. The defence also looks robust- from the central pairing of Pique and Ramos to the fullbacks and their menacing runs down the flank during the team’s attacks. It would be careless to not mention the contribution of Busquets, who at times is an unsung hero in the Spanish midfield. He labours diligently in midfield, snuffing out any and every attempt at an attack by opponents.
La Roja delivered the best and most convincing performance of any other favourites in the tournament and seem to be going from strength to strength. They weren’t touted as strong favourites but today’s performance provided the most compelling argument in their favour and if they put in another strong performance against a very tricky Croatian team, there’s no doubt they could go all the way.