Slovakia 0-5 Spain: Luis Enrique’s side progress to last 16

Spain earned their first win at Euro 2020 in style as they thrashed Slovakia to progress as Group E runners-up and set up a last-16 tie with Croatia.

Luis Enrique’s side head into the knockout stages on the back of their best attacking display of the tournament, proving far too good for a seriously below-par Slovakia.

Aymeric Laporte, Pablo Sarabia and Ferran Torres all scored after a bizarre own goal from Newcastle’s Martin Dubravka broke the deadlock at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville.

The Slovakia goalkeeper, who earlier saved a penalty from Alvaro Morata, punched the ball into his own net after Sarabia’s effort hit the crossbar and looped into the air.

Juraj Kucka inadvertently completed the rout for Spain, bundling the ball over his own line from close range.

Spain’s meeting with Croatia will take place in Copenhagen on Monday at 17:00 BST, while Slovakia are out.

Spain impress as Group E drama unfolds

After draws against Sweden and Poland, in which Spain struggled to find the target despite boasting 85% and then 76.4% of possession, Luis Enrique compared his side to a bottle of Cava waiting to be uncorked at Euro 2020.

This was more reminiscent of the sparkling football that saw La Roja crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, either side of a World Cup victory, although Slovakia did not provide much of a test after Dubravka pushed Sarabia’s effort into his own net instead of behind for a corner.

Less than 20 minutes earlier he had saved a penalty from Morata, whose effort was a comfortable height for the goalkeeper.

The kick, awarded after Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers consulted the pitchside monitor, was the fifth successive penalty Spain have missed and they have failed to score with six of their past nine at European Championships.

Manchester City defender Laporte headed in Gerard Moreno’s cross to double Spain’s lead and swift moves in the second half saw Sarabia and Torres finish smartly from close range, before Slovakia’s sluggish performance was compounded by a second own goal.

There were more cheers from the Seville crowd but not for a sixth Spanish goal, rather drama in the other group game as Poland fought back to level from 2-0 down against Sweden with six minutes left.

That would have sent Spain through top of the group, but a 94th-minute winner for Sweden means 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia await.

Martin Dubravka
Martin Dubravka became the first goalkeeper to save a penalty and score an own goal in the same Euros game

Player of the match

Thiago AlcántaraThiago Alcántara

with an average of 8.13

Slovakia

  1. Squad number17Player nameHamsik
    Average rating

    5.28

  2. Squad number14Player nameSkriniar
    Average rating

    4.77

  3. Squad number8Player nameDuda
    Average rating

    4.68

  4. Squad number18Player nameHaraslín
    Average rating

    4.67

  5. Squad number25Player nameHromada
    Average rating

    4.61

  6. Squad number15Player nameHubocan
    Average rating

    4.59

  7. Squad number19Player nameKucka
    Average rating

    4.57

  8. Squad number2Player namePekarík
    Average rating

    4.56

  9. Squad number11Player nameBénes
    Average rating

    4.56

  10. Squad number20Player nameMak
    Average rating

    4.56

  11. Squad number21Player nameDuris
    Average rating

    4.54

  12. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
    Average rating

    4.53

  13. Squad number5Player nameSatka
    Average rating

    4.51

  14. Squad number22Player nameLobotka
    Average rating

    4.44

  15. Squad number7Player nameWeiss
    Average rating

    4.27

  16. Squad number10Player nameSuslov
    Average rating

    4.22

Spain

  1. Squad number10Player nameThiago Alcántara
    Average rating

    8.13

  2. Squad number24Player nameLaporte
    Average rating

    7.45

  3. Squad number11Player nameTorres
    Average rating

    7.44

  4. Squad number20Player nameTraoré
    Average rating

    7.22

  5. Squad number18Player nameAlba
    Average rating

    7.18

  6. Squad number4Player nameTorres
    Average rating

    6.95

  7. Squad number2Player nameAzpilicueta
    Average rating

    6.93

  8. Squad number22Player nameSarabia
    Average rating

    6.87

  9. Squad number5Player nameBusquets
    Average rating

    6.75

  10. Squad number26Player namePedri
    Average rating

    6.68

  11. Squad number8Player nameKoke
    Average rating

    6.47

  12. Squad number12Player nameGarcía
    Average rating

    6.38

  13. Squad number21Player nameOyarzabal
    Average rating

    6.38

  14. Squad number9Player nameMoreno
    Average rating

    6.37

  15. Squad number23Player nameSimón
    Average rating

    6.11

  16. Squad number7Player nameMorata
    Average rating

    4.78

Line-ups

Slovakia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 2Pekarík
  • 5Satka
  • 14SkriniarBooked at 90mins
  • 15Hubocan
  • 19Kucka
  • 25HromadaSubstituted forLobotkaat 45′minutes
  • 18HaraslínSubstituted forSuslovat 69′minutes
  • 17HamsikSubstituted forBénesat 90′minutes
  • 20MakSubstituted forWeissat 69′minutes
  • 8DudaBooked at 12minsSubstituted forDurisat 45′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Valjent
  • 6Gregus
  • 7Weiss
  • 10Suslov
  • 11Bénes
  • 12Kuciak
  • 13Hrosovsky
  • 16Hancko
  • 21Duris
  • 22Lobotka
  • 23Rodák
  • 24Koscelnik

Spain

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Simón
  • 2AzpilicuetaSubstituted forOyarzabalat 77′minutes
  • 12GarcíaSubstituted forTorresat 71′minutes
  • 24Laporte
  • 18AlbaBooked at 60mins
  • 8Koke
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 40minsSubstituted forThiago Alcántaraat 71′minutes
  • 26González
  • 22Sarabia
  • 7MorataSubstituted forTorresat 66′minutes
  • 9MorenoSubstituted forTraoréat 77′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 4Torres
  • 6Llorente
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 11Torres
  • 13Sánchez
  • 14Gayà
  • 16Rodri
  • 17Ruiz
  • 19Olmo
  • 20Traoré
  • 21Oyarzabal

Referee:
Björn Kuipers

Attendance:
11,204

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Slovakia 0, Spain 5.

  2. Second Half ends, Slovakia 0, Spain 5.

  3. Milan Skriniar (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Koke (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Foul by Milan Skriniar (Slovakia).

  6. Substitution, Slovakia. László Bénes replaces Marek Hamsik.

  7. Attempt missed. Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  8. Attempt missed. Pablo Sarabia (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Pau Torres.

  9. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Michal Duris.

  10. Substitution, Spain. Mikel Oyarzabal replaces César Azpilicueta.

  11. Substitution, Spain. Adama Traoré replaces Gerard Moreno.

  12. Corner, Spain. Conceded by Peter Pekarík.

  13. Thiago (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Foul by Stanislav Lobotka (Slovakia).

  15. Own Goal by Juraj Kucka, Slovakia. Slovakia 0, Spain 5.

  16. Attempt saved. Pau Torres (Spain) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aymeric Laporte with a headed pass.

  17. Attempt blocked. Thiago (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution, Spain. Pau Torres replaces Eric García.

  19. Substitution, Spain. Thiago replaces Sergio Busquets.

  20. Pedri (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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