Spain starlet Marco Asensio wowed with a superb hat-trick as Spain’s Under-21s whipped Macedonia 5-0 to open their European Under-21 Championship in a grand style on Saturday.
Spain recorded an unequivocal triumph in Gdynia on Saturday, with Asensio – fresh from a breakthrough campaign at club level which saw the young Spaniard’s rise excited Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu that he has usurped James Rodriguez in the Spanish capital.
Such has been the degree of their varying fortunes over nine months, Rodriguez is currently surplus to requirements in spite of being a Florentino Perez signing, and the Colombian didn’t even make the bench in Madrid Champions League final where Asensio came in and score in the win over Juventus – delivering an awesome show.
Against a sloppy Macedonia side, Asensio snatched the game by the scruff of the neck and showed why he is currently the leader of this side.
Asencio first stunning goal after 16 minutes saw him locate the upper right corner of the net with a glorious left-footed 30-yard strike, an exertion which multiplied his side’s lead after Saul Niguez’s overhead kick had put them ahead.
Gerard Deulofeu’s penalty had put La Rojita three ahead before half time, but Asensio guaranteed the headlines were his by including two more goals after the break.
His second goal came on 54 minutes which saw him weave into the area before finding the far corner with the aid of a slight deflection. Asensio’s third was shockingly better, the Los Blancos midfielder picking up the ball inside his own half before beating Igor Aleksovski from 20 yards toward the end of a charging run.
Signed from Mallorca for just €3.9million in December 2014, the 21-year-old spent through 2015-16 on loan at Espanyol before ending up plainly part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad as Los Blancos won LaLiga and the Champions League last season