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Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia at the Double as Spain Beat Iceland 5-0

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Last Updated: March 30, 2022, 16:23 IST

Spain (Reuters Photo)

Spain (Reuters Photo)

World Cup contenders Spain overwhelmed Iceland 5-0 in an international friendly in A Coruna on Tuesday

Alvaro Morata scored a first-half double and substitute Pablo Sarabia added two more after the break as World Cup contenders Spain overwhelmed Iceland 5-0 in an international friendly in A Coruna on Tuesday. Juventus striker Morata was the only player carried over in the starting lineup from Saturday’s 2-1 friendly win over Albania in Barcelona, with coach Luis Enrique rotating his squad. Morata opened the scoring in the 36th, after Valencia defender Hugo Guillamon had fed the ball through, with a right-footed shot into the bottom left corner.

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He made it 2-0 from the penalty spot three minutes later after Dani Olmo was fouled by Birkir Bjarnason in the area, with Spain dominating the first half but also squandering opportunities.

Yeremy Pino added a third in the 47th from close range, with Morata coming off in the 58th.

Sarabia then headed in a fourth in the 61st, moments after he had come on, and made it 5-0 in the 72nd.

The match continued Spain’s build-up to the Nations League and World Cup in Qatar in November and December, a tournament Iceland have failed to qualify for.

It was the first time the national side had played in the northwest city’s Riazor stadium since 2009, when they beat Belgium 5-0 in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa that Spain went on to win.

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first published:March 30, 2022, 16:23 IST
last updated:March 30, 2022, 16:23 IST