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Spain saved its best game in a long time for a special occasion and there is little more special than passing over Germany to be in the final phase of the Nations League that will be played in October next year and that will be played in Italy or Belgium. Spain could not fail and did not fail. Not only did he not fail, but he passed over a Germany that today is far from being the team that always aspires to everything. At least, apparently in Seville where the Germans were at the mercy of a Spain that took the match for what it was, a final. Something that was not or did not seem so for the Germans, especially in defense where they are a real festival.

A weakness behind that knew how to exploit a Spain that Luis Enrique revolutionized from the beginning with Morata, Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo at the top and with Canales and Koke at Rodri's side. A team with a marked offensive character that in the first half passed over a Germany that started well, but collapsed after Morata's 1-0 in the 17th minute when he finished off a corner kick. That goal raised the curtain on a Spanish festival in which Canales was not present, injured in the 10th minute, and was joined by Fabián, who entered for him.

The 1-0 gave wings to the team to overwhelm a Germany that played something else, but not football or at least the solid, reliable football that is its hallmark. Morata scored again, but it was canceled for offside. The spectacle that Spain was giving was total and, this time, Luis Enrique's men found their way to the goal, although Neuer avoided it on a couple of occasions. The German goalkeeper could not make it 2-0 for Ferran Torres in the 35th minute and neither for Rodri's 3-0 in the 38th minute.

A full-blown win by Spain that was doing everything right against a completely disappeared rival that Unai Simón, once again the starter, saw from afar because a German approaching his area was like seeing a unicorn. The black note of that great first half was the injury to Ramos who had to retire injured.

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With that 3-0 and the qualification of Spain for the final phase of the Nations League in the pocket it came to rest. With Germany involved, everyone expected a German reaction, even if it was out of pride. But no, those of Low continued to their own, without knowing what was happening in La Cartuja. Spain, for its part, continued to do its thing, dominating the match from beginning to end and scoring more goals. Ferran Torres put it 4-0 in the 55th minute to further seal the victory.

Low moved the bench, but it was not his day, nor that of any of his players. Quite the opposite than for Luis Enrique's men who continued to enjoy scoring chances with amazing ease.

So much so, is that the feeling was that as little as they got it right, the win could be historic. And it was because Ferran Torres scored 5-0 in the 71st minute. A hat trick from the Manchester City footballer who left just after that 5-0.

Olmo and Morata did it with him to put Gerard Moreno, Marco Asensio and Oyarzabal on the field. Or what is the same, changed the attacking trident to refresh it and look for more goals.

The German response was a shot from Gnabry that crashed off the crossbar on the only occasion it came in the 77th minute of the game. That action was an oasis of the encounter that Germany made against a Spain superior in everything and that inflicted the greatest defeat in its entire history in an official match. A win that Oyarzabal rounded off in the 89th minute.

A historic 6-0 that ended a spectacular match in Spain.

Spain, 6

Nai Simon; Sergi Roberto, Ramos (Eric García, m. 43), Pau Torres, Gayá; Canales (Fabián, d. 12), Rodri, Koke; Dani Olmo (Gerard Moreno, m. 73), Morata (Oyarzabal, m. 73) and Ferran Torres (Marco Asensio, m. 73).

Germany, 0

Neuer; Ginter, Süle (Tah, m. 46), Koch, Max; Goretzka (Neuhaus, d. 61), Kroos, Gündogan; Sané (Waldschmidt, m. 61), Werner (Henrichs, m.76) and Gnabry.

Goals: 1-0, Morata (m. 17); 2-0, Ferran Torres (m. 33); 3-0, Rodri (m. 38); 4-0, Ferran Torres (m. 55); 5-0, Ferran Torres (m. 71); 6-0, Oyarzabal (m. 89)

Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden). Yellow to Koch (m. 37), Tah (m. 67)

Stadium: La Cartuja, No public due to coronavirus