‘That’s a bread and butter goal’: Morata’s poacher’s instincts hailed by Ally McCoist as forward scores for third successive match to continue World Cup golden boot charge
Alvaro Morata continued his golden boot charge as the Spaniard scoring for the third successive World Cup match, with the forward’s poachers instincts earning praise.
Morata head Spain into a 12th minute lead against Japan in Group E, converting Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from inside the six-yard box.
The 30-year-old became just the second Spaniard to score in his first three World Cup appearances, after Telmo Zarra in 1950.
Alvaro Morata is the joint leader of the golden boot race after scoring his third goal in Qatar
Morata has now scored 30 goals in 60 appearances for the Spanish national team
Morata’s latest strike earned praise from ITV’s co-commentator Ally McCoist.
‘That’s how you do it,’ the former Scotland international said.
‘Position yourself between the centre backs. For all their great football that’s a bread and butter goal.
‘A cross, the centre forward finds a gap and gets in front, and the delivery is spot on.’
Morata moves level with France’s Kylian Mbappe in the golden boot race, with the pair scoring three goals and providing one assist.
Ecuador’s Enner Valencia, England’s Marcus Rashford and the Netherlands’ Cody Gapko have also scored three times in Qatar.
Morata has now scored 30 goals in his 60 caps for Spain.
The 2010 World Cup winners would secure top spot in Group E with victory over Japan.