Slovakia 0-5 Spain: Martin Dubravka howler plays part in Spanish resurgence to reach Euro 2020 last 16 in style

Report as Martin Dubravka saves penalty before scoring bizarre own goal in Spain’s 5-0 thrashing of Slovakia; Aymeric Laporte, Ferran Torres, Pablo Sarabia and Juraj Kucka OG seal punishing win; Spain play Croatia in last 16 on Monday

Ron Walker

Spain capitalised on a Slovakia implosion to seal their place in the last 16 with a 5-0 hammering in Seville, which also knocked their opponents out of the competition.

Spain could even miss an early Alvaro Morata penalty awarded by VAR before strolling to victory which takes them through in second place, setting up a last-16 clash with Croatia in Copenhagen on Monday.

Martin Dubravka took himself from hero to zero after punching the rebound from a Pablo Sarabia shot into his own net on the half-hour, before Aymeric Laporte rose highest after the goalkeeper had gone walkabout to double Spain’s lead in injury time and net his first goal for his country.

Slovakia emerged throwing caution to the wind, knowing only a point would give them real hope of progression, but quickly sank without trace once Sarabia swept home Jordi Alba’s low ball 11 minutes into the second half.

Ferran Torres then scored a deft backheel flick with his first touch (67) as Sarabia turned provider, before Juraj Kucka put through his own net to cap a dreadful Slovakia display and take the own-goal tally at Euro 2020 to a bewildering eight.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Spain will face Croatia in Copenhagen in their last-16 tie on Monday, June 28; kick-off at 5pm.

Slovakia, now confirmed as eliminated from the tournament, travel to Slovenia in their next match on September 9 for a 2022 World Cup qualifier; kick-off at 7.45pm.

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