Manchester City winger Ferran Torres [Photo: twitter/Flazzy Sky (Live News)]
Nov, 18th 2020 – Manchester City winger Ferran Torres scored his first career hat-trick as Spain inflicted Germany’s heaviest competitive defeat and joined France in the four-team Nations League finals. In a repeat of the Euro 2008 final, former Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata headed in Spain’s first goal, before Torres volleyed home emphatically.
Rodri made it three with a guided header and Torres slotted in a fourth before curling home the fifth. Mikel Oyarzabal’s tap-in made it 6-0. Spain and France will be joined by either Belgium or Denmark from Group A2 and Italy, the Netherlands or Poland from Group A1.
Even though 20 year old Torres is the one who stole the show, Spain dominated the game from the off having 70 percent possession and 23 shots. His fast, intelligent movement and eye for a goal has impressed in the opening weeks of the season, and his performance here strengthened the idea that Manchester City may have got a bargain after only paying an initial £20m for his services.
The only setbacks on a fantastic night for Spain were muscular injuries to captain Sergio Ramos and Sergio Canales. But manager Luis Enrique said both injuries were ‘of very little importance’, adding that ‘it is not pleasant for the clubs’.
Going into the game, Germany were unbeaten in 2020, and in control of Group A4. They needed to avoid defeat so as to reach the finals. They however failed to register a single shot on target with Serge Gnabry coming closer where his 22 yard effort rebounded off the bar. Chelsea forward Timo Werner played left with Gnabry through the middle in an uninspiring first half performance.
Manager Joachim Low was given the chance to rebuild the side after elimination from the 2018 World Cup in the group stages, but with his side ranked 13th in the world, this performance suggests he has significant work to do before next year’s rearranged European Championship.
He said he really didn’t know what happened but has trust in his players. “Today we saw that we are not as far ahead in our development as we had thought and expected after the last games.”