Spain blitzed past Germany 6-0 on Tuesday night to advance to next year’s finals | Fran Santiago/Getty Images
Spain dismantled a woeful Germany in Seville on Tuesday night, booking their place in the UEFA Nations League finals in the process.
Goals from Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres and Rodri thrust the Spaniards into a 3-0 half-time lead – the first time Germany had conceded three in the opening period since 2006 – but things would only get worse for the incompetent visitors.
Manchester City’s Torres would complete his hat-trick with a pair of strikes after the break before Die Mannschaft’s 6-0 humiliation – their biggest defeat since 1931 – was confirmed with a tap-in from substitute Mikel Oyarzabal in the closing stages.
Let’s get into some player ratings, eh.
Jose Gaya was imperious in Seville | Fran Santiago/Getty Images
Unai Simon (GK) – 6/10 – Had the popcorn out enjoying the show.
Sergi Roberto (RB) – 7/10 – Plenty of industry down the right and combined superbly with Ferran. Aggression ensured Timo Werner’s influence was minimal.
Sergio Ramos (CB) – 6/10 – Succumbed to an apparent injury before the break but didn’t put a foot wrong while he was on the field.
Pau Torres (CB) – 7/10 – Defensively wasn’t troubled and was typically proactive and progressive in possession.
Jose Gaya (LB) – 8/10 – Leroy Sane just didn’t want to know against the Valencia man tonight. Offered a lung-busting run or two at transitions as well and had a huge hand in Spain’s fourth before setting up the sixth.
Rodri celebrates scoring Spain’s third | Fran Santiago/Getty Images
Rodri (DM) – 9/10 – Functioned superbly as Spain’s metronome, mitigating Germany’s ‘press’ with relative ease. Just didn’t give the ball away and his header was fantastic for the hosts’ third.
Sergi Canales (CM) – 6/10 – Looked bright before injury forced him off in the opening stages.
Koke (CM) – 8/10 – At his industrious best tonight. Major contributor in Spain’s suffocating high-press which stunned the Germans. Constantly looked to receive ahead of the ball and cause a little bit of mischief in the opposition’s box. An all-encompassing display.
Spain’s front line dazzled on Tuesday night | Fran Santiago/Getty Images
Ferran Torres (RW) – 10/10 – A career best performance from the 20-year-old. His first senior hat-trick and his third strike of the night was a beauty. Luis Enrique has a superstar on his hands.
Alvaro Morata (ST) – 8/10 – His rich vein of form continues. Header for the game’s opener was superb and the seemingly incompetent German defence just couldn’t cope with his movement. Dropped between the lines effectively.
Dani Olmo (LW) – 8/10 – The RB Leipzig star is such a crafty footballer he constantly outwitted Matthias Ginter with his movements infield and capacity to combine off one touch. An integral part of Enrique’s side.
Fabian Ruiz (L) was immense after coming on | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
Fabian Ruiz – 8/10 – Such an elegant customer and slotted seamlessly into proceedings following his early introduction. Grabbed a pair of assists.
Eric Garcia – 6/10
Mikel Oyarzabal – 7/10 – Tapped home for Spain’s fifth.
Marco Asensio – N/A
Gerard Moreno – N/A
Uh, oh… | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Manuel Neuer (GK) – 4/10 – In all honesty, there was little he could do with any of Spain’s goals. Made a good save to deny Ferran in the opening period but was uncharacteristically sloppy with the ball at his feet throughout.
Matthias Ginter (RB) – 4/10 – Never settled at right-back and was given a working over by the majestic Olmo.
Niklas Sule (CB) – 3/10 – Someone pluck out Mats Hummels’ phone number from the bin, please…
Robin Koch (CB) – 4/10 – Someone pluck out Jerome Boateng’s phone number from the bin, please…
Philipp Max (LB) – 3/10 – The dynamic Augsburg full-back has enjoyed a bright start to his international career but was handed a harsh reality check in Seville. Was positionally erratic throughout and wasn’t handed the licence to maraud into Spain’s third due to the hosts’ fierce press.
Germany’s midfield were overrun by the brilliant Spaniards | Fran Santiago/Getty Images
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 3/10 – Failed to protect a shoddy German defence at transitions and looked the least stable part of a terribly performing midfield. Needs to pay closer attention to Rodri in training for tips on establishing control.
Leon Goretzka (CM) – 4/10 – The Bayern star may have been the continent’s premier box-to-box midfielder this term but he was left bemused by a demonic Spain midfield.
Toni Kroos (CM) – 6/10 – While his influence his minimal, Kroos was typically efficient with possession and wasn’t too bad on the whole.
Stunned… | Fran Santiago/Getty Images
Leroy Sane (RW) – 3/10 – An absolute no-show before his second-half substitution.
Serge Gnabry (ST) – 5/10 – I mean, he hit the bar with a rocket from distance, but that’s about it.
Timo Werner (LW) – 3/10 – A horrible showing from the Chelsea man. Failed to track Roberto when deployed on the left and was often limited to touches in his own third.
Florian Neuhaus earned some minutes in the second period | Soccrates Images/Getty Images
Jonathan Tah – 5/10
Florian Neuhaus – 6/10
Benjamin Henrichs – N/A
Luca Waldschmidt – N/A