Uefa Nations League: Superb Spain put six past Croatia

Luis Enrique shouts instructions to his players during a training session on Monday afternoon

Luis Enrique shouts instructions to his players during a training session on Monday afternoon

The Croats were made to pay in a big way, starting when Saul Niguez opened the scoring on 24 minutes, timing his run from deep to perfection to leap above Matej Mitrovic and thump Carvajal's cross into the bottom corner.

Sept 12 ― Luis Enrique described it as the ideal start after Spain backed up their win over England with a 6-0 demolition of Croatia yesterday.

Spain and Croatia go head to head in England's group, and World Cup bronze medallists Belgium get their UEFA Nations League campaign underway, all live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night. However, it is the biggest defeat in Croatia's history, so it was a dismal day for them.

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic wasn't too happy with his team's performance against Spain.

Marco Asensio was their outstanding performer with one goal - Spain's second, driven in from 25 yards - and three assists.

Zlatko Dalic cut a furious figure on the touchline, and his mood darkened just four minutes after the restart, when Rodrigo beat the offside trap to latch onto a pass from Asensio and slot between Kalinic's legs. Sergio Ramos added to the scoreline with a header from Asensio's corner after some awful marking.

Isco capped Spain's offensive show with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 70th minute.




He promised evolution, not revolution, and while his team still dominated possession, they were faster, more direct and less predictable in the final third.

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. Three superbly weighted deliveries of different styles gifted his side further goals in the second half and underlined his remarkable quality.

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

Spain now have six points in UEFA Nations League Group 4 after two games.

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.

Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, so dominant at the World Cup, never took control while defensively, without Dejan Lovren, the mistakes kept coming.

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