Luis Enrique’s Spain routs Croatia in Nations League

13 September, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Spain's midfielder Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring at Wembley

Spain can keep up their strong start following a 2-1 win over England at Wembley on Saturday as they host World Cup runners-up Croatia at Elche's Martinez Valero in Group A4, live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7.40pm.

Spain's Sergio Ramos celebrates after scoring the fifth goal against Croatia during the Uefa Nations League, September 11, 2018.

Croatia, so impressive in keeping the ball at the World Cup, lost confidence as Spain dominated possession and picked their opponents off easily, inflicting biggest defeat on the Croats after a 5-1 loss to England in a World Cup qualifier in 2009.

The result is their heaviest ever defeat, the first time they have conceded six goals and the first game in which they have let in five since a 5-1 loss to England in 2009.

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

Vrsaljko provided Ivan Perisic with another chance during Croatia's early barrage but Spain's own right-back came to the rescue as Dani Carvajal tracked the Inter Milan winger to make a crucial intervention 10 yards from goal. During the Russia World Cup, they were the most represented club with six players. Sergio Ramos added to the scoreline with a header from Asensio's corner after some terrible marking. It made it two wins out of two for Luis Enrique's side in their Nations League campaign.

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

The game, contested in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, was only Enrique's second match in charge.

Rodrigo - who scored the victor at Wembley - beat the offside trap before finishing neatly, Ramos headed in from a corner and Isco turned sharply before firing in from inside the box.

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

Croatia meet the Three Lions in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final on October 12 in Rijeka.

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