ESP 3 v 0 TUR – menacing signs from the holders that they are starting to find their groove in this tournament as they mercilessly brushed aside The Crescent Stars with a performance adorned with pace and skill. Sometimes maligned for unnecessarily recycling the ball without purpose, La Furia Roja consistently moved the ball forward quickly with fullbacks Jordi Alba Ramos and Juanfran Torres almost camped in the Turkish final third. It doesn’t get much better than Spain’s first half showing – 349 passes, with the magician Andrés Iniesta pulling the strings, and two wonderful goals. The first came after a flowing move down the Spanish left saw a whipped ball in from Real Club Celta de Vigo‘s Nolito deftly flicked into the corner with his head by Alvaro Morata – a classy finish. Only minutes later, more terrific build up from the Spanish resulted in Cesc Fàbregas‘s clipped ball over the top falling to Nolito, who beautifully guided his shot into the bottom corner. Any form of response from Fatih Terim‘s side was quickly dismissed straight after the break. Iniesta’s incisive through ball found Alba who squared for Morata to notch his brace. From that point on it was damage limitation for the Turks and cruise control for Spain. A statement from the defending champions!