Spain get top seeding for Euro 2020 with two resounding victories

  • La Roja put in two convincing displays to beat Malta and Romania

Spain put in two convincing displays to beat Malta and Romania and secure top seeding for next summer's European Championship Final this week.

The first game came against minnows Malta in Cadiz on Friday, and it largely corresponded to expectations going into the game, ending 7-0.

Pau Torres and Dani Olmo both made their debuts for La Roja, grabbing a goal apiece shortly after coming on.

Gerard Moreno also got his first international goal, with his veteran Villareal teammate Santi Cazorla also getting in on the act.

The other scorers were Álvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia and converted veteran right-back Jesús Navas.

The final score was nearly as dramatic in Spain's second game at the Wanda Metropolitano on Monday, where they brushed aside Romania 5-0. The impressive Fabián Ruiz opened the scoring, Moreno bagged another two, before Adrian Rus put the ball in his own net on the stroke of half-time.

Spain took their foot off the gas in the second half, but there was still time for Mikel Oyarzabal to score the fifth.

These victories were somewhat overshadowed by the departure of Spain's coach, Robert Moreno. Moreno had stepped in to replace Luis Enrique a few months ago after the death of Enrique's daughter, and was made permanent manager when Enrique signalled he did not want to return.

However, the Asturian made a U-turn, which led to Moreno's acrimonious exit.