Torres leads charge as Germany are hit for six
Manchester City forward Ferran Torres scored a first career hat-trick as Spain crushed Germany 6-0 at home last night to storm into the final four of the Nations League.
Goals from Alvaro Morata, Torres and Rodri gave Luis Enrique’s side a convincing 3-0 lead at half-time, while Torres struck again early in the second half and completed his treble with a classy finish.
Substitute Mikel Oyarzabal tapped in the sixth goal in the 89th minute to adorn an incredible Spain display and deepen four-time world champions Germany’s misery.
The victory saw Spain finish top of League A4 with 11 points after six games, while the Germans, who only needed a draw to progress to the final phase, came second with nine.
Elsewhere, Olivier Giroud bagged a double as he showed his worth for France again to help the world champions beat Sweden 4-2 at home.
Giroud scored either side of Benjamin Pavard’s first-half strike as Les Bleus recovered from Viktor Claesson’s early opener.
Sweden, who reduced the arrears through Robin Quaison before France’s Kingsley Coman wrapped it up in stoppage time, were relegated into League B.
Didier Deschamps’s France side, who had already qualified for the Final Four, topped Group 3 with 16 points from six games, three points ahead of Portugal, who beat third-placed Croatia 3-2 away.
Spain and France will contest the Final Four tournament, which is due to take place next October, where they will be joined by Belgium or Denmark from Group A2 and Italy, Netherlands or Poland from Group A1.