Spain moved a step closer to the World Cup in Russia with an 8-0 demolition job of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. Alvaro Morata and Iago Aspas each scored twice as Spain’s relentless march towards World Cup qualification continued with an 8-0 hammering of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
Just four days on from a masterclass at the Santiago Bernabeu, in which Group G rivals Italy were swept aside 3-0, Julen Lopetegui’s side were once more at their stunning best. The quality of opposition paled in comparison to the Azzurri, but there was an ominous ruthlessness on show in a match that at times felt like little more than an entertaining training exercise for Spain.
Essentially, Liechtenstein’s fate was sealed from the moment Sergio Ramos headed in a second-minute opener, and Morata doubled the lead before pouncing on an error from the hosts’ goalkeeper Peter Jehle to tee up Isco – who scored twice against Italy – for the third. David Silva, who, along with Isco, Andres Iniesta and Thiago Alcantara, had Liechtenstein’s midfield chasing shadows, scored the pick of the bunch with a stunning 39th-minute free-kick.
Half-time substitute Aspas then scored twice either side of setting up a second for Morata and Gerard Deulofeu forced a late own goal as Spain, who scored eight away from home for the first time, mathematically guaranteed at least a top-two finish in the pool.