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The knockout stages of Euro 2016 beckons for defending champions Spain if they can back up their opening win with more success against Turkey Saturday.

Spain avoided their normal early tournament jitters as Gerard Pique headed home the winner three minutes from time to seal a deserved three points against a dogged Czech Republic with a 1-0 win.

Spain's Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring against Czech Republic. Reuters

Spain's Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring against Czech Republic. Reuters

Vicente del Bosque's men are now unbeaten in 13 European Championship games as they look to win an unprecedented third straight title.

Del Bosque is expected to name the same side that started against the Czechs despite doubts over his striking options.

Juventus' Alvaro Morata spurned a number of opportunities before he was replaced by 35-year-old Aritz Aduriz on his major championships debut.

However, Del Bosque has so far resisted the temptation to deploy Cesc Fabregas in the false nine role he shone in as Spain won a second consecutive Euros in 2012.

Turkey are under huge pressure to improve on an insipid display as they went down 1-0 to Croatia on Sunday.

Young midfielder Ozan Tufan was mocked at home and abroad after pictures showed him adjusting his hair at the very moment Croatia's Luka Modric scored a stunning match-winning volley.

And Turkey manager Fatih Terim called for more "fight" from his players against Spain.

"There are two games and six points still to play for, we can still go far," Terim said on Thursday.

However, the veteran former AC Milan boss also conceded that even a draw would be a "great result".

First Published On : Jun 17, 2016 12:54 IST

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