Jun 1, 2016 at 3.30pm UK
South KoreaSouth Korea
Silva (30'), Fabregas (32'), Nolito (38', 54'), Morata (50', 89')
FT(HT: 3-0)
Se-jong (83')

Result: Spain make statement by thrashing South Korea

Spain make a statement in their penultimate friendly ahead of Euro 2016 as they thrash South Korea by a 6-1 scoreline in Austria.

Spain have continued their preparations for Euro 2016 with an impressive 6-1 destruction of South Korea at the Red Bull Arena.

Spain's players celebrate after scoring during the international friendly football match against South Korea on June 1, 2016© AFP

After both teams made a sharp start to the game in Salzburg, it was South Korea who created the first opportunity with Son Heung-min blazing over the crossbar from inside the penalty area.

Up the other end, Andres Iniesta had a low drive tipped away by Kim Jin-hyeon before Hwang Ui-jo scuffed the ball into Iker Casillas's gloves after being set up by Son.

Korea had matched Spain for the opening 30 minutes but an eight-minute spell before the break put paid to their hopes of a 17th successive match without defeat.

Spain's first goal came courtesy of a outstanding free kick from David Silva, who curled the ball into the top corner via the aid of the post, before Cesc Fabregas was perfectly placed to tap home into an empty net after a mix-up between Kim and Jang Hyun-soo.

Nolito made it three soon afterwards when he slotted the ball into the bottom corner after being found by Cesar Azpilicueta, and it gave the reigning European champions a commanding lead at half time.

Vicente del Bosque introduced a number of substitutes at the start of the second half but despite the changes, Spain extended their leader further in the 50th minute when Alvaro Morata headed home from a corner.

The scoreline was quickly becoming embarrassing for Korea and things got worse four minutes later when Nolito netted a fifth after Hector Bellerin got ahead of the goalkeeper to cut the ball back for the Celta Vigo attacker.

Pedro wasted a chance to score Spain's sixth before Korea ended the contest on the front foot as they looked for the consolation goal that their play deserved.

South Korea players celebrate after scoring during the friendly against Spain on June 1, 2016© AFP

Suk Hyun-jun wasted two opportunities before his team finally got on the scoresheet through a strike from Ju Se-jong, who found the back of the net via a deflection from Bruno Soriano.

Spain were not finished at the other end, though, as Morata coolly slotted into an empty net after beating the goalkeeper to the ball close to the byline as Del Bosque's men wrapped up an emphatic win which sends a message to their rivals ahead of Euro 2016, which gets underway in just nine days time.

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