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Morata 16', Ferrán Torres 32', 54', 70', Rodrigo 37', Oyarzabal 88'

Sublime Spain touch perfection in historic rout of Germany

Rob Train

Sublime Spain touch perfection in historic rout of Germany

Spain vs Germany live: second half


It's all over! Spain hammer Germany 6-0 to reach the Nations League finals! What a performance from Luis Enrique's side. 


Two minutes added. Löw looks imploringly at his watch. Can it get any worse? 


It's fair to say Neuer would have preferred Ter Stegen to play this one. The keeper is not a happy camper. 

Germany's defence all over the place and the Sociedad forward has a tap-in after excellent work from Gayà on the left. 


Gooooooooooooool! And there it is! Oyarzabal! 6-0! Incredible! 


Roberto sends in a fine cross and Germany hack it clear. Spain fancy a sixth and the visitors are on the ropes again. 


Moreno gets a shot off and it pings off a defender for a corner. Germany begging the clock to move faster now. 


A little bite has been taken out of the game now with Germany content, if that's the word, to keep it to five. 


Germany have switched to five at the back now and that has stemmed the Spain attacking flow. 


Gnabry! The Bayern Munich forward rattles a post with a fine effort. That's the closest Germany have come. 


Leipzig defender Benjamin Henrichs on for Werner to try and prevent that record being matched. 

The last 6-0 defeat Germany suffered was against Austria in 1931. 

We probably shouldn't get ahead of ourselves but the last time Germany shipped six was in 1954 when Hungary won 8-3 at the World Cup. 


Triple change for Spain. Moreno, Oyarzabal and Asensio on, Olmo, Torres and Morata off. 


It had been coming and Fabián delivers a ball that is begging to be hit. Torres makes no mistaje and buries a ferocious shot past Neuer! What a night for the youngster. 


Goooooooooooool! Torres! Hat-trick! 


Spain preparing some changes. Nobody is going to want to leave the pitch. 


It should have been five! Spain with sone glorious one-touch football and Fabián squares for Morata who is inches away from a decisive touch into a gaping net.  


Substitute Tah goes in the book for impeding Morata.  


Sergi Roberto breaks down the right and looks for Torres but a deflection sends it straight into the gloves of a very relieved Neuer. That sort of rub of the green is all that is standing between Germany and a proper tonking here. 


An extremely rare Germany attack breaks down as a Werner back heel goes straight out for a goal kick. 


Close! Another quick-passing Spain move, Koke backheels for Torres and he almost bags his hat-trick with a shot that whistles just wide. 


Florian Neuhaus and Luca Waldschmidt come on for Germany. 


Spain come forward again and Germany are broken,.. there is no back line to speak of and the home side are able to attack at will almost without resistance. We can't remember ever seeing a Germany team this poorly organised. 

The last time anyone put five past Germany was Romania in a 2004 friendly. 


Germany are without several key defenders in mitigation but if this is what Löw has in reserve the issues he has been facing at the back run much deeper than anyone thought. 


Gooooooooooool! Torres again! Spain are on fire! The Manchester City player finishes a swift break to make it four! 


Spain still pressing as though it's 0-0... this is one of the finest La Roja performances we have ever witnessed. 


Another Germany mistake in midfield and Morata bursts forward with support on both sides but can't fnd either of his teammates. 


And it could have been four! Neuer saves from Olmo and Koke's follow-up shot is blocked. 

1958... the last time Germany conceded three in the first half. 


We're back underway with Jonathan Tah on for Süle. 

What exactly does Löw say to his side at half time? 

A demoralising stat for Germany from the opening 45... Spain have had 14 shots to the visitors' one. Unai Simón has barely seen the ball let alone had to make a save. Six on target for the home side. 


Another lovely move from Spain and Werner, back in defence, clatters Koke to bring it to a halt. And that's the half! What a 45 from Spain, who have one boot firmly in the finals now! 


Two minutes added... 


Torres drives into the area and it takes three defenders to prevent him getting a shot off. What a game so far from the City player. 


Eric Garcia comes on for Ramos for a fourth cap. 


Ooooooh, Sergio Ramos is down and it looks as though the captain has twanged something. Eric Garcia straight out to warm up quickly. That is not good news for Zinedine Zidane with Inter Milan on the horizon


Olmo wants in on the act and hammers a shot from distance but it's high. 


Löw looks despondent on the Germany bench... his side are being steamrollered in Seville.  


Gooooooooooooool! Rodri! This is turning into a rout now! Fabián delivers the corner and the Manchester City man glances a glorious header beyond the despairing dive of Neuer! 


Another chance for Spain as Fabián breaks down the left but his cross is cut out for a corner... 


Koch goes in the book for a clumsy challenge on Morata in midfield. 


Goooooooooooooool! Torres! This time he finds the net after latching onto a ball in the area from Olmo's shot, which rebounded off the post and into the path of the perfectly placed midfielder. Spain two up now and Germany have a lot of work to do here. 


Great work from Torres! The Manchester City man twists and turns in the area but his shot is blocked. 


Half an hour played and Spain are in complete control at the moment. Germany haven't created a single chance and the hosts have been electric going forward. 


Neuer! Another fine save from the Germany keeper to deny Torres! Corner to Spain. 

Neuer overtakes Maier


Sané tries to get away down the left but Gayà stands his ground and halts him in his tracks. 


Four Germany players out to warm up as Löw considers shaking things up. 


Spain are very much on top here and Germany don't quite know what has hit them in the opening exchanges. 


Morata has the ball in the net again and the flag is up but was he offside? Great work from Ferrán to tee up the Juve striker and he stabs home at the far post in what looked to be a legal position... it won't stand though. 


That has set things up nicely now. Spain as it stands are going through and Germany have to find a response to that goal. There hasn't been a lot of zip in the visitors' attack so far. 


Goooooooooooooool! Morata! Fabián sends in a beauty of a corner and the Juve striker rises at the far post to plant an unstoppable header across Neuer and into the far corner! 


Spain carve through Germany's midfield and Morata fancies his chances from distance but fires well over Neuer's bar. 


Nice one-touch move from Germany but the final ball from Koch is too close to Simón, who gets down to smother the ball. 


And here come Fabián to replace Canales. That will mean a reshuffle with the Napoli man on the right and Koke moving into a more central role. 


Spain down to 10 temporarily as Canales limps off... it looks as though Fabián will come on to replace the Betis midfielder. 


Problems for Spain as Sergio Canales appears to have pinged a muscle making a clearance... Spain will be forced into a change here. 


Fair enough really... it would have been an injustice had that gone in as replays show very clearly that Gundogan didn't make the slightest bit of contact with Olmo... 


Neuer! What a save from the Germany keeper! Ramos fires through the wall and the Bayern Munch stopper must have seen that late but gets down to make a sprawling save! 


The ref says no but that was very close! Free kick to Spain right on the edge of the area... 


Koch halts Morata's advance down the right and concedes a corner... Germany half clear and Dani Olmo is down... the ref blows for a foul and was that in the area?? 


Unai Simón in sticks for Spain this evening after apparently solving the problem of whether to pick the error-prone De Gea or Kepa. 


Morata pulls the trigger for the first chance of the game but it's a tame effort and straight into the gloves of Neuer. 


We're off! 


Manuel Neuer is so eager to get going he forgets to pose for the pre-game photo and trots off with the traditional banner. 

Here we go with the anthems! We do like a bit of the old Deutschlandlied. 

Spain haven't been exactly scoring for fun lately but the inclusion of Morata is the obvious move from Luis Enrique. The Juventus forward is worth a goal every two games for Spain and is the second highest scorer available this evening behind Ramos, who has 23 in 177 caps. The entire Spain midifield, including those on the bench this evening, have three between them and only Gerard Moreno has more than that with four to his name in eight appearances. 

Spain starting XI confirmed

And here's Luis Enrique's starting line-up. The Spain boss has opted for a striker tonight and Juve's Álvaro Morata gets the nod with Dani Olmo and Ferrán Torres in support. Rodri takes the place of Sergio Busquets and Pau Torres partners Ramos in the centre of defence. 

Germany starting XI confirmed

Joachim Löw's XI has been announced and it's pretty much as anticipated. There's no place for Rüdiger though with PSV's Philipp Max slotting into defence. 

Timo Werner bagged a brace in Germany's 3-1 victory over Ukraine but the fact that Löw's side conceded first has been a bit of a recurring issue for Germany, who have not been as defensive solid as they traditionally are in recent games. Spain will look to exploit a back line that beyond Matthias Ginter, Niklas Süle and Antonio Rüdiger lacks a bit of experience.  

As we said earlier, for Spain the issue is perfectly simple. Win, and La Roja will be in the finals. Lose or draw and its adios to the chance to win the Nations League. 

There are still three places in the final four still to be decided. One of those will emerge from tonight's game in Seville with France the only country guaranteed their place at the finals at it stands. Here's a run-down of how things stand in the other groups this evening. 

Löw has few selection issues and will probably go with more or less the same eleven that beat Ukraine at the weekend. The main thing for Germany will be trying to get the ball to the in-form Timo Werner as much as possible. The Chelsea striker has five goals in his last five games for club and country and will be supported up front by Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané, with Leon Goretzka pulling the strings behind the front line. 

Spain will be without Sergio Busquets this evening after the Barcelona midfielder suffered a knee injury against Switzerland. That will mean a bit of a rejig in midfield for the hosts with Rodri likely to take on the anchor role, although Koke is another option for Enrique.  

The Spain coach addressed his captain during his pre-match press conference, and also spoke about the possibility of Ramos moving to PSG after the Madrid defender pulled out of a press conference on Monday when he was due to discuss his contractual situation at the Bernabéu. That will not matter a jot to Enrique though, who will just want to see his side get over the line in Seville. 

Luis Enrique faced a bit of criticism after the 1-1 draw in Switzerland for fielding a side without a recognised striker and Spain paid the price despite Gerard Moreno coming off the bench to rescue a point. The headlines were reserved for Sergio Ramos though after the Real Madrid defender missed two penalties during the match. Ramos has said he is willing to continue as designated taker this evening but it would be no surprise if Luis Enrique has a quiet word with what's at stake. 

Spain cannot afford to lose this one with Germany currently topping the group - and heading into next October's finals - with a point advantage over Luis Enrique's side. A draw will be enough to secure qualification for Joachim Löw's team but the visitors are unlikely to sit back this evening in what promises to be a decent game of football. 

Spain vs Germany: welcome

Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the decisive Nations League Group A4 encounter between Spain and Germany from La Cartuja in Seville. Kick-off is at 20:45 CET.