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Alvaro Morata thanks Sergio Ramos for “incredible” penalty gesture

By Steve Jennings

Published: 19:43, 11 June 2019

Alvaro Morata has thanked Sergio Ramos after the Spain captain allowed him to take a penalty during Monday’s 3-0 victory over Sweden.

Ramos had already scored a spot-kick before handing the ball to Morata, who put Spain 2-0 up in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Madrid.

Sergio Ramos’ kind gesture: Five key things to know…

  1. Spain moved five points clear at the top of their Euro 2020 qualifying group with a 3-0 win against second-placed Sweden.
  2. Ramos broke the deadlock midway through the second half, converting a penalty after a Sebastian Larsson handball.
  3. Five minutes from time, Morata was fouled in the box and looked as if he expected Ramos to step up once again.
  4. The Atletico Madrid striker was pleasantly surprised when Ramos handed him the ball.
  5. Morata slotted his penalty away convincingly, and Mikel Oyarzabal added a third two minutes later.

It was Morata’s third goal in his last three international appearances following a brace against Malta in March.

After the match, the 26-year-old admitted he didn’t expect Ramos to hand over penalty duties mid-game.

“I did not even ask him [about the penalty] because Sergio always wants to score all the possible goals,” Morata told reporters.

“But he has made an incredible gesture. I thank him and he knows what I think of him.”

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Morata is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea until end of next season but has suggested he would like to stay in the Spanish capital for longer.

He added: “It’s time to take a step forward in Atleti and in the national team. It’s time to be somewhere, stable, not worrying about my future and with ambitions to win.

“I want to stay at Atletico as long as possible.”