General

Despite being underwhelming in the night Spain walked away 2-0 winners against Malta courtesy of a brace from Alvaro Morata as they missed the services of their coach Luis Enrique who was away to attend to family issues. 

Stats: Malta vs Spain

Spain started slow as Malta set up defensively to minimize the damage that they would face against the 2010 World Champions. Spain had to wait till the 31st minute when Alvaro Morata opened the scoring after Hermoso set him up but a goalkeeping howler by Henry Bonello allowed the Atletico Madrid forward to have the opener. 

La Roja failed to create any meaningful chances in the second half despite enjoying huge spells of possession. They finally got the second goal that assured them all the three points in the 73rd minute when former Manchester City man Jesus Navas whipped in a cross that was nodded in by Morata. The goal meant that Morata has scored 15 goals for Spain, more than any other player since the start of 2015.