Luis Enrique’s Spain routs Croatia in Nations League

World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

Spain scored three goals in each half as they completely outplayed Croatia, who were playing just their second game since the World Cup final.

Beaten World Cup finalists Croatia have suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Spain on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT). However, it is the biggest defeat in Croatia's history, so it was a dismal day for them.

It got worse for Croatia before the break as Asensio grabbed two memorable goals in the space of two minutes, first blasting beyond Kalinic from 25 yards before driving towards the box and curling a stunning effort that smacked the crossbar and went in off the unfortunate goalkeeper.

Real defender Dani Carvajal made a decisive block early on to thwart Croatia forward Ivan Santini as Zlatko Dalic's side made a bright start and caused plenty of unease for Spain, who lost 2-1 when the teams last met at Euro 2016 in a group game. Sergio Ramos added to the scoreline with a header from Asensio's corner after some terrible marking.

A memorable result was capped by a stylish sixth from Isco, who took a touch from Asensio's pass and fired high into the net across the helpless Kalinic.




La Roja got off to a slow start in the opening exchanges of the match, while Croatia seemed to have settled the better of the two teams as they surged forward easily.

After beating England 2-1 in manager Luis Enrique's first game in charge, the new-look La Roja stunned their European counterparts at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero. "They had an early chance, they didn't take it and then we played brilliantly and scored some great goals".

The centre-back was consistently excellent in Russian Federation but was given a torrid time here.

Although this was a night on which a new generation of worldwide stars were born, Sergio Ramos was not to be left out as the defender lost his marker from a corner to head home his fourth goal of the season on 57 minutes.

Spain's next match takes place in exactly a month, when they visit Cardiff for a friendly match four days before hosting England in the Nations League.

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