Spain coach Luis Enrique was all smiles after the win and even sported a retro Spain ’82 t-shirt with the ‘El Naranjito’ mascot from the last time Spain hosted a major tournament.
‘I said before the game that this team was a bottle of fizz with the cork about to pop and I think it’s popped now,’ he said.
‘Despite all that has happened I don’t think anyone wants to face us. Which is not to say we will beat Croatia but ask the other teams, they won’t fancy facing us.’
Spain boss Luis Enrique was all smiles after his side thrashed Slovakia 5-0 on Wednesday
The manager said his team have popped their cork after previously describing them as a bottle of fizz
Asked about the tears of his captain Busquets he added: ‘We gave everything and the group has shown how to overcome obstacles and not give up.’
Spain were given a helping hand by Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who went from hero to zero after saving Alvaro Morata’s 12th minute penalty.
The Newcastle shot-stopper palmed the ball into his own net in the 30th minute and from there onwards the floodgates opened.
Spain’s fourth goal was the standout moment of the game, with Ferran Torres finishing off an excellent team move via a back-heel
Aymeric Laporte made it 2-0 just before half-time and shortly after the break Pablo Sarabia added a third.
Spain’s fourth goal was the standout moment of the game, with Ferran Torres finishing off an excellent team move via a back-heel.
Pau Torres was another another late sub and he forced the fifth with Juraj Kucka turning the defender’s goalbound header over the line.
Enrique’s side will now face Croatia in Copenhagen on Monday after Viktor Claesson scored a later winner for Sweden which saw them top Group E.