Sergio Busquets in tears after leading Spain to the Euro 2020 last-16

Emotional Sergio Busquets reduced to tears after returning from coronavirus scare to lead Spain into the Euro 2020 knockout stage with a crushing win over Slovakia in Seville 

  • Spain thrashed Slovakia 5-0 to reach the Euro 2020 knockout rounds
  • La Roja scored twice in the first-half and added three more strikes after the break
  • Sergio Busquets returned to the side and was emotional after the crushing win
  • The Spain midfielder missed the first two games after contracting coronavirus 
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Sergio Busquets was in tears after Spain thrashed Slovakia to bury the ghosts of their first two tame draws and his own coronavirus scare before the tournament started.

The Spain captain missed the first game because he was self-isolating following a positive test. 

He returned in time for the second match but sat the game out because he had not trained with team-mates.

Sergio Busquets was an emotional figure after he returned to the pitch after a coronavirus scare to lead Spain to a 5-0 win over Slovakia

Luis Enrique’s La Roja booked their spot in the Euro 2020 knockouts with the crushing win

I had a really bad time with 10 days at home,’ he said in tears at the final whistle. ‘I didn’t know if I was going to be able to come back. Now I’m ready for anything.

‘This is a big boost for all of us, for the players and for the supporters. I think we all needed this. We went out switched on from the start. We missed the penalty but we kept going and the goals came.’

Spain coach Luis Enrique had said Spain was like a bottle of fizz with the cork ‘ready to pop’ and so it proved with all of his changes working brilliantly.

Busquets missed the first two games due to contracting coronavirus but returned for the win

Cesar Azpilicueta brought confidence and calm to the right side of the defence. Busquets led the team from midfield and Pablo Sarabia gave them spark and imagination in attacking hitting the bar to force the first goal and scoring the third.

Sarabia said: ‘We were finding it hard to score but our intensity was brutal and the goals came.’

Describing his own goal he added: ‘Jordi Alba spotted me brilliantly and scoring is good for my confidence.’

Asked if former Dutch international Rafael Van der Vaart’s comments criticizing Spain’s football had inspired the team he said: ‘It was a stupid thing to say but this performance is for us and for our supporters.’

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