Spain routs Croatia 6-0 in Nations League

Tanya Simon
September 12, 2018

Spain followed its gritty 2-1 win against England at Wembley Stadium last week with a 6-0 rout of World Cup runner-up Croatia on Tuesday, keeping Enrique flawless since taking over as La Roja's coach.

However, Luis Enrique's charges drew first blood in the 24th minute through Saul Niguez, who headed home a cross from Dani Carvajal.

The hosts soon increased their lead with two thumping strikes from Marco Asensio, the second of which was given as an own goal to Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic as it bounced off him after crashing against the crossbar.

Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco made it a rout for the superb Spanish.

It was also the second time this year that Spain have scored six goals against World Cup runners-up, following their 6-1 win over 2014 finalists Argentina in March.

Asensio, who was not among the starters against England, also set up Rodrigo's goal early in the second half with a ideal through ball behind the defence.

The former European and World Cup winners trained on Monday ahead of the game where they will be looking to build on their ideal start after beating England 2-1 on Saturday.

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Spain have now won both of their opening UEFA Nations League games and on this evidence will take some stopping in League A.

La Roja now top Group four in League A with six points, followed by England and Croatia respectively.

Asensio was one of the few changes Enrique made to the team that beat England on Saturday.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard. The Manchester United striker then added a third with a deft flick nine minutes from fulltime.

Enrique took over Spain after the team's elimination against Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

Spain, meanwhile, is coming off a 2-1 victory over England in its first Nations League match. Yet despite missing one of their main playmakers, there was no lack of creativity in the side.

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