Luis Enrique hails 'marvellous' Spain after 6-0 Croatia rout

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2018

Beaten World Cup finalists Croatia have suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Spain on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

Croatia's best moment came before the first whistle even blew.

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.

Ivan Santini and Ivan Perisic missed good early chances before Spain seized control 23 minutes in, as Saul headed the ball in off the turf after being picked out by Dani Carvajal's sublime cross.

"The comparisons with the World Cup do not make sense, today we were very effective and everything went wonderfully well, they have had some chances, they have not done it effectively and we have played marvelously with very attractive goals".

With two wins from two and a goal difference of +7, Spain are firmly in charge of the three-team Nations League pool. We played two big games, our fans supported us, and it's nice to play here. "We needed to recuperate the feelings we had before, we've played two great games", said goalscorer Asensio, who also provided three assists.

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Croatia will hope to get their first Nations League points when they host England next month. "We've played two teams that went very far in the World Cup and these victories are very important to reach the final phase, which is a challenge we have set ourselves", added Asensio.

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

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

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

Ramos's Real Madrid teammate Isco made it six with still 20 minutes for Croatia to endure, when he turned away from Domagoj Vida on the penalty spot and rifled a shot past the helpless Kalinic, with Asensio again the provider.

In the other League A match on Tuesday, Belgium won 3-0 at Iceland in its Nations League debut. Asensio scored two wonderful goals.

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