Spain continued their preparations for Euro 2016 with an emphatic 6-1 win over South Korea in a friendly in Salzburg on Wednesday. On the heels of a 3-1 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain were given little trouble by Korea, and goals from David Silva, Cesc Fabregas and Nolito effectively made a win safe before halftime. A second for Nolito after the break was sandwiched by a double from Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, with Korea salvaging only some pride with a deflected effort from Ju Se-Jong.
Spain will be attempting to win the European Championship for an unprecedented third time in succession when beginning its campaign against the Czech Republic on June 13. Before that there is now just one friendly remaining, against Georgia next Tuesday. That will be the sole chance for coach Vicente del Bosque to field a side featuring players from Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, following their exploits on Saturday.
But the side didn’t miss the likes of Sergio Ramos and Koke on Wednesday, with several of the players who have been brought into the fold since Spain’s dismal exit from the 2014 World Cup making their mark.
It was the experienced David Silva, though, who started the rout, curling a brilliant free-kick in off the crossbar after 30 minutes. Another member of the all-conquering side of past years grabbed the second, with Fabregas slotting into an unguarded net after an error from Korea goalkeeper Kim Jun-Hyeon.
The goals kept coming. Seven minutes before halftime, Nolito, fresh from a fine season with Celta Vigo showed nimble footwork to elude a defender and shoot low into the net. Before this friendly encounter both Nolito and Morata had just a single goal each to their name for their country. But both were able to treble that tally on Wednesday and put themselves firmly in the frame to start Spain’s Euro 2016 opener.
Morata got off the mark when getting to a corner ahead of the beleaguered Korea goalkeeper and heading firmly into the net. And Nolito soon grabbed his second, providing a simple finish after Hector Bellerin, winning just his second cap, pulled the ball back from the byline.
With 16 minutes remaining, Sergio Rico replaced Iker Casillas to make his debut in goal. But the Sevilla stopper was soon picking the ball out of his net after Ju’s shot deflected off Bruno Soriano and left him helpless. Still, it was Spain that had the final word, thanks to Morata getting the better of a challenge for the ball with the goalkeeper and finding the net from a narrow angle.