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Costa & Morata Net Braces In Spain Eight-Goal Rout

2018 World Cup Qualifier 

Result: Spain 8-0 Liechtenstein

Date: 05 September 2016 

Venue: Estadio Municipal Reino de Leon

Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata netted braces for Spain, as they thumped Liechtenstein 8-0 in their opening 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Barcelona's Sergi Roberto and Sevilla's Vitolo were handed their full debuts for the 2010 World Champions, while Diego Costa led the line.

La Roja broke the deadlock after 10 minutes as Costa rose well to head home Koke's cross, 1-0.

Spain continued to dominate the possession statistics as the half went on, but had to wait until the 43rd minute for their next chance when Costa headed inches wide of the upright.

Liechtenstein, meanwhile, were chasing shadows for most of the opening half and failed to register a single effort at David de Gea's goal.

Spain opted for a change at the start of the second half, as Julen Lopetegui introduced Nolito for Thiago Alcantara.

Nolito wasted no time in making an impact, as the Manchester City man threaded a pass for Roberto, who fired a low finish through Jehle's legs to double Spain's lead in the 55th minute.

The home side bagged their third goal four minutes later when David Silva fired home from point-blank range to score his second goal in as many games, after some good work by Vitolo.

Vitolo then registered his name on the score-sheet a minuter later, as Silva turned provider to tee up the Sevilla forward, who slotted into an empty net.

Costa completed his brace in the 66th minute, as the Chelsea striker headed home from close range, after his initial strike was saved.

Alvaro Morata, who was introduced after the hour-mark, netted Spain's fifth goal in the 82nd minute with a fine strike from close range.

While, the Real Madrid forward completed his brace a minute later with a simple tap-in from close range, after being teed up by Sergio Busquets, 7-0.

Silva rounded off the scoring in stoppage time, as the Man City man fired home at the near post to get his second and Spain's eighth goal on the night.

 

 

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