NICE: European champions Spain were had no trouble following France and Italy into the second round of Euro 2016 by swatting off a spiritless Turkey 3-0 in Nice.
The Spaniards had not been not convincing in their narrow opening victory over Czech Republic in Group D but they met little resistance from the Turks after a performance with more direction and intent.
Spain, this time, were not content merely to push the ball around in midfield and await events. Instead they applied a more direct style but without sacrificing the technical talents at their disposal.
Two-goal hero was Alvaro Morata, the former Real Madrid centre-forward who is expected to leave Italian champions Juventus after the finals and has Premier League admirers in both Arsenal and Chelsea. The ease with which he struck his goals against the Turks can only have increased both his transfer and contract value as well as the queue of admirers.
Morata (33 minutes) and Nolito (36) put Spain in command at the interval and Morata claimed his second three minutes after the interval after a picture-book, inter-passing move conjured up between Andres Iniesta and David Alaba.