The Ferran Torres show against Germany at La Cartuja in 2020

The Ferran Torres show against Germany at La Cartuja in 2020

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Two years ago, the striker from Foios scored his first-ever professional hat trick helping Spain thump Germany 6-0 in a historic result.

The Ferran Torres stats with the Spanish national team have been exceptional. The striker from Foios has scored 15 goals and provided two assists in 32 senior internationals with La Roja.

Indispensable for Luis Enrique since he took over the reins of the national team, the Azulgrana player comes into the duel against Germany in a rich vein of form, after scoring a brace in his first World Cup match.

To add to that, one of the player's most memorable nights as a football professional came against the same opponents.

On 17 November 2020, two years ago, Spain hosted Germany at La Cartuja with qualification for the UEFA Nations League final four at stake.

The first round played at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, in which Ferran made his international debut, ended in a 1-1 tie. The La Roja and Die Mannschaft met in Seville for the return leg in a game that was expected to be a tightly fought affair. It turned out to be overwhelmingly one-sided.

Spain thrashed Germany 6-0, a historic result, with Ferran Torres scoring his first hat-trick as a professional footballer.

The striker only had six appearances with the senior Spanish national team before that match, having started just three.

In six months, on 14 May 2021, he would go on to score his second hat-trick in a narrow win for Manchester City at Newcastle United (3-4), which included a spectacular finish.

One could say that the stars are aligned for a potential third hat-trick this Sunday, as Germany take on Spain at the Al Bayt Stadium.

The Barca striker will be one of Luis Enrique's 'weapons' to break down the Teutonic wall and mathematically seal qualification for the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022.

The stakes are arguably higher this time around though with Germany finding themselves in a must-win scenario.

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