Real Madrid star Marco Asensio wowed with a brilliant hat-trick as Spain’s Under-21s thrashed Macedonia 5-0 to open their European Under-21 championship campaign.

Spain recorded an emphatic victory in Gdynia on Saturday, with Asensio – fresh from a breakthrough campaign at club level which saw him score in the Champions League final victory over Juventus – producing an incredible display.

His stunning first goal after 16 minutes saw him find the top-right corner with a magnificent left-footed 30-yard strike, an effort which doubled his side’s lead after Saul Niguez’s overhead kick had put them ahead.

Gerard Deulofeu’s penalty had La Rojita three ahead by half-time, but Asensio ensured the headlines were his by adding two more goals after the break.

2013: Thiago
2017: Asensio #U21EURO pic.twitter.com/YTdtq23yft

— UEFA U21 EURO (@UEFAUnder21) June 17, 2017

His second on 54 minutes saw him weave into the area before finding the far corner with the aid of a slight deflection.

Asensio’s third was even better, the Madrid attacking midfielder picking up the ball inside his own half before beating Igor Aleksovski from 20 yards at the end of a charging run.

Signed from Mallorca for just €3.9million in December 2014, the 21-year-old spent 2015-16 on loan at Espanyol before becoming part of Zinedine Zidane’s squad as Los Blancos won LaLiga and the Champions League last term.

Asensio also scored a superb goal on his Madrid debut in the UEFA Super Cup final over Sevilla last August.


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