Friday, 17 June 2016

Spain v Turkey match analysis

Spain have surprisingly gone under the radar so far during this tournament and in the build up to the tournament with the majority of pundits tipping France or Germany to triumph this Summer. However, you write off this team of serial winners off at your own peril as Turkey found out.

Vicente del Bosque went with the same team that beat the Czech Republic 1-0. It is a Spain team with a very nice balance of the hero's of the 2010 World Cup winning team and the new era of talent such as Nolito and Alvaro Morata. Meanwhile Turkey manager Fatih Terim went back to the drawing board, dropping Bayer 04 star man Hakan Calhanoglu from the starting lineup after berating his performance against Croatia.

As of course expected, Spain got into their passing rhythm right away with a midfield quartet of David Silva, Andreas Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets dominating the ball and swarming all over the midfield of Turkey with the typical intense press we've all become used to seeing from the Spanish. The pressure on the Turkish showed when Nolito cut onto his favoured right foot to put a delicious cross into the box for Alvaro Morata to head home the opener to make it 1-0 to Spain. It was 2 goals in 2 minutes for the Spanish after Mehmut Topal failed to deal with a chipped ball from Cesc Fabregas with the ball falling to Nolito to slot the ball into the net to make it 2-0 to Spain who were in cruise control against Turkey were sinking without a trace. A frankly shocking 1st half performance from the Turks who are certainly winning the race along with Ukraine to be the worst team at Euro 2016.

Turkey continued to lose their heads at the start of the 2nd half. They simply could not deal with the Spanish who turned on the classic style with Iniesta poking a delightful ball through for Jordi Alba who found Alvaro Morata who had the easy task of tapping the ball into the empty net. Luckiy for Turkey Spain didn't make their superiority really count or it could have been any score they wanted.

It was an easy day at the office for the Spanish players who were able to enjoy an 11 v 11 training session against the Turks. There was nothing competitive about this game in the slightest with Turkey playing simply abysmally throughout the entire game. It's no wonder the Turkish fans booed they're own players. As for Spain they announced themselves as potential winners of Euro 2016 with a majestic imperious performance all be it against a shocking Turkey team but the Spanish showed what they can do guaranteeing passage to the last 16 in the process. A super Spanish performace!



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