Spain 5-0 Romania: Gerard Moreno scores brace as Spain finish qualifying with emphatic win
- Gerard Moreno scored a brace as Spain secured a 5-0 win at home to Romania
- Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring and Romania’s Adrian Rus scored an own goal
- Mikel Oyarzabal, who entered the fray as a substitute, made it 5-0 late on
- The victory ensures that Spain will have a pot-one seeding in draw for Euro 2020
- Spain had already secured top spot in Group F with Romania into play-offs
Gerard Moreno bagged a brace as Spain thumped Romania 5-0 to secure a pot-one seeding for Euro 2020.
Spain made a blistering start at the Wanda Metropolitano, creating a series of chances before Fabian Ruiz opened the scoring in the eighth minute.
Villarreal forward Moreno doubled the home side’s lead with a well-placed header in the 33rd minute before making it 3-0 10 minutes later.
Gerard Moreno scored a brace as Spain finished qualifying with an emphatic win vs Romania
Moreno celebrates with his Spain team-mates after his second goal of the game made it 3-0
The Villarreal forward showed impressive composure to score twice in Spain’s victory
Moreno also had a hand in Spain’s fourth on the brink of half-time as his cross was deflected in by the boot of Adrian Rus, before Mikel Oyarzabal made it 5-0 just before the end.
The victory means unbeaten Group F winners Spain will be among six seeded nations when the finals draw is made on November 30.
Robert Moreno’s hosts dominated from the first whistle, with Saul Niguez shooting wide and Jose Gaya having a goal disallowed for a foul in the opening five minutes.
Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu produced a smart stop to deny a stretching Alvaro Morata from close range before Santi Cazorla turned and hit the bar from just inside the area in the seventh minute.
But Spain did not have to wait long for the opening goal as Napoli’s Ruiz prodded in the rebound after Dani Carvajal’s effort had been kept out.
Moreno slotted home Spain’s third goal of the game in the 43rd minute of the clash in Madrid
Spain: Kepa; Carvajal, Ramos (Albiol 62), Martinez, Gaya; Ruiz, Busquets, Saul; Moreno (Oyarzabal 57), Morata, Cazorla (Alcacer 68)
Subs: Navas, Thiago, Lopez, Torres, Bernat, De Gea, Sarabia, Olmo, Oyarzabal, Hernandez
Goals: Ruiz 8, Moreno 33, 43, Rus (o.g.) 45, Oyarzabal 90
Romania: Tatarusanu; Benzar, Rus, Nedelcearu, Tosca; Baluta, Marin (Cicaldau 65); Hagi (Nistor 73), Stanciu, Coman (Mitrita 57); Puscas
Subs: Alibec, Mogos, Lung, Budescu, Nita, Bancu, Burca, Keseru, Deac
George Puscas came close to levelling things up in the 12th minute when the ball fell to him in the box following an Inigo Martinez error but Kepa Arrizabalaga pulled off a brilliant save to keep him out.
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