UEFA Nations League Round-up: Glentoran's Coleing stars for promoted Gibraltar while Spain inflict record defeat on GermanyWed, Nov 18 2020
Spain have joined France in the last four of the UEFA Nations League thanks to a thumping 6-0 win over Germany in Sevilla on Tuesday night.
Manchester City striker Ferrán Torres scored his first international hat-trick, while Álvaro Morata, Rodri and Mikel Oyarzabal also found the target in a record win for the Spanish.
It was Germany’s biggest-ever competitive defeat, eclipsing the 5-1 reverse at the hands of England in qualification for the 2002 World Cup.
Germany came into the game in pole position in Group 4 but were taken apart by Luis Enrique’s irresistible La Roja side, who also had a Morata goal unfairly ruled out at 1-0.
Despite losing captain Sergio Ramos and Sergio Canales to injuries early on, Spain dominated proceedings and led after 17 minutes through Morata’s header from a corner.
Torres added his first just past the half-hour after Morata had hit the bar, and his Man City teammate Rodri made it 3-0 before the break.
Torres made it 4-0 ten minutes into the second half and rounded off his hat-trick on 71 minutes before Oyarzabal completed the rout a minute from time.
They join France in the semi-finals after the already-qualified World Cup holders finished their campaign undefeated with a 4-2 win over Sweden in Paris.
Viktor Claesson gave the Swedes a surprise lead after just four minutes but a brace from Olivier Giroud and one each from Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman saw Les Blues to victory.
Sweden were relegated to League B on goal difference of one after Croatia were held to a 3-2 defeat by Portugal in Split.
Matteo Kovacic scored twice for Croatia, who had Marko Rog sent off in the second half, while Ruben Dias struck twice either side of Joao Felix for the 2018 winners.
Relegation from Group 4 is yet to be decided after the relegation clash between Switzerland and Ukraine’s clash was cancelled due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the latter’s camp.
Montenegro have been promoted to League B as they blitzed Cyprus 4-0 in their final game in Group 1.
A brace from Aleksandr Boljevic, sandwiched by goals from Stevan Jovetic and Stefan Mugosa, condemned the Cypriots to a relegation play-off.
And the Faroe Islands and Gibraltar each secured promotion to League C as they drew with Malta and Liechtenstein respectively.
Glentoran keeper Dale Coleing started for Gibraltar, who saw a Noah Frommett own goal cancelled out by Noah Frick.
And Ari Mohr Jonsson levelled for the Faroes in Malta after Matthew Guillaumier’s had given the hosts a second-half lead, when a 2-0 win would have seen Malta top the group.