Ken Early: Tiki taka a nightmare from which Spain vainly struggle to awake

If chances start to go in, they will take some stopping in Euro 2020 knockout stages

Has Alvaro Morata just been the victim of a run of bad luck that is bound to come to an end sooner rather than later? Photograph: David Ramos/EPA

Has Alvaro Morata just been the victim of a run of bad luck that is bound to come to an end sooner rather than later? Photograph: David Ramos/EPA

The European Championship finals used to be a flat-out sprint, but that’s gradually changed over the years. To win it you had to play two matches from 1960-76, four in 1980, five from 1984-92, six from 1996-2012, and seven since 2016.

In the early years you simply had to hit the ground running, whereas now it is a tournament that can be won by slow-burners.

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