Spain humiliate Germany in Nations League

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Spain handed visitors Germany their worst defeat in a competitive match after a sensational 6-0 demolition secured the hosts a place in the final four of the Nations League.

Germany's only five-goal loss in a competitive game had been West Germany's 8-3 defeat to Hungary at the 1954 World Cup group stage.

In non-competitive matches, Germany lost 6-0 to Austria in a friendly in 1931.

Ferran Torres scored his first career hat-trick to lead Spain to the historic victory in League A Group 4.

The Germans would have advanced with a draw but Spain dominated early and finished the game with three goals in each half.

Spain got the convincing win despite playing most of the match without captain Sergio Ramos, who had to be replaced in his 178th international just before the break with an apparent muscle injury in his right leg.

Alvaro Morata opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Torres added to the lead in the 33rd with a shot from close range .

Five minutes later it was Rodri's header off a corner that gave the hosts a 3-0 half-time lead.

Torres added to the rout in the 55th and 71st minutes before substitute Mikel Oyarzabal closed the scoring in the 89th.

Portugal's Ruben Dias scored his first two international goals to help the European champions to a 3-2 win at 10-man Croatia.

The result left outgoing holders Portugal second in in Group A3, behind world champions France who beat Sweden 4-2 at home after having previously wrapped up their final-four berth in the competition.

Croatia finished third with Sweden relegated from the top tier.

Mateo Kovacic fired Croatia into a 32nd-minute lead but Dias and Joao Felix turned the tide after the hosts had Marko Rog sent off in the 51st for two yellow cards.

Kovacic levelled with a superb first-time shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half but Dias had the last laugh in the 90th minute.

For Les Bleus, Olivier Giroud scored a brace while Bejnamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman also found the net.

In Group C1, Luxembourg drew 0-0 with Azerbaijan while Montenegro secured promotion by beating now relegated Cyprus 4-0.

Latvia pushed Andorra into relegation with 5-0 win in D1 and Malta drew 1-1 with promoted Faroe Islands, the same score between Gibraltar and Liechtenstein in D2.