Germany’s crushing 6-0 loss to Spain on Tuesday night was the worst defeat in almost 90 years–and its worst international defeat ever. In Seville, Joachim Low’s side was ripped apart. Ferran Torres scored a hat trick, while Alvaro Morata, Rodri, and Mikel Oyarzabal were all on the scoresheet even though Spain lost Sergio Ramos and Sergio Canales to injury in the first half. The outcome overshadowed prominent defeats such as the 5-1 defeat of England in 2001 and the 8-3 defeat of West Germany to Hungary in the 1954 World Cup. It was only a 6-0 loss against Austria in 1931, and only a 9-0 defeat against England Amateurs in 1909–when the German national team was in its infancy. The last time Germany conceded six in a game was in the 1958 World Cup, the third-place playoff against France.
The outcome would raise serious concerns about Low’s role as a manager, with a serious inquest on the path to loss. Germany did not have a single shot on goal during the contest and had just 30 percent of its possession. Serge Gnabry reached the bar, but the hosts must score over six goals, with 23 shots–16 of them coming from within the penalty area. Man of the game, Torres was the first player to score a hat trick for Spain against Germany, although it was also the first time Spain had scored three goals against Germany in the first 45 minutes. Morata opened the score early in the corner. Morata arrived untracked past Manuel Neuer, perhaps evoking memories of unmarked Thomas Muller stroking home to open the scoring in Germany’s famous 7-1 evisceration of Brazil in 2014.
The lack of a mark on the German defense proved to be a sign of things to come when the pair of Manchester City Torres and Rodrí made the game secure before half time. Real Madrid captain Ramos walked off with what looked like a hamstring problem before the interval, but the defenseman would no doubt have loved his side’s second-half display, with Torres scoring two more and Oyarzabal adding some final gloss late. Tuesday’s results mean that Spain, France, and Belgium have qualified for the League of Nations finals, with either Italy, the Netherlands, or Poland entering on Wednesday.
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