Spain thrashes Croatia 6-0 in UEFA Nations League

Croatia celebrate scoring in a friendly against Portugal last week

Croatia is the 2018 World Cup runner-up, winning its group that included Argentina before beating Denmark, Russia and England on the way to the final.

The ex-Barcelona coach replaced Fernando Hierro, who oversaw Spain's World Cup bid after the Spanish FA sacked Julen Lopetegui a day before the finals in Russian Federation.

Luis Enrique couldn't have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain's national team.

Isco completed Croatia's heaviest ever defeat with a sixth before the end as Luis Enrique's youthful and exciting side produced a result which will send shockwaves around Europe.

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.

Some Liverpool fans believe they know why Spain battered Croatia 6-0 in the Nations League on Tuesday.

It was Belgium's first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday.

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.

Croatia will hope to get their first Nations League points when they host England next month.

The Croats were making their Nations League debut after playing European champion Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly last week.

"We have played against team that did really well in the World Cup".

Spain were barely recognisable from the team that failed to break down Russian Federation in the last 16 but it should also be said they put six past Argentina, under Julen Lopetegui, in March.

Spain made three changes to the team that won at Wembley, bringing in Valencia defender Jose Gaya and Real Madrid pair Dani Ceballos and Asensio.

Lukaku and Hazard, whose goal came off a penalty kick, were two of Belgium's top players in its third-place campaign at the World Cup.

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