The 6-1 loss in Madrid matched the worst defeat in Argentina history. Two
other 6-1 losses came against Czechoslovakia at the 1958 World Cup and Bolivia in 2009 in World Cup qualifying. It also lost 5-0 twice.
Real Madrid's Isco led Spain with a hat trick, finishing off a second-half blitz that extended Spain's lead from 2-1 to 6-1 in a span of 22 minutes.
Argentina, which lost goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the first half with an ankle injury, could do nothing in the face of the Spanish assault. Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said his team had been slapped around.
"In the second half, Spain
grabbed us by attacking very directly," he said. "Very quick goals came and that made the difference in the result."
March 27 in Madrid
Spain 6 Argentina 1. Goals: Diego Costa 12, Isco 25, 52, 74, Thiago Alcantara 55, Iago Aspas 73; Otamendi 38.
Spain -- De Gea; Carvajal, Pique (Azpilicueta 71), Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba (Marcos Alonso 78); Koke, Thiago (Parejo 81), Iniesta (Saul 55), Isco (Lucas Vazquez 76), Asensio; Diego Costa (Iago Aspas 46).
Argentina -- Romero (Caballero 21); Bustos (Mercado 60), Otamendi, Rojo, Tagliafico; Biglia, Mascherano (Pavon 55), Banega (Pablo Perez 60); Meza, Lo Celso (Acuna 83), Higuain (Lautaro Martinez 58).