UEFA Nations League Roundup: Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping win

12 September, 2018, 15:42 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Spain's Real Madrid core of no concern to Valverde

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

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.

Slowly though since then Barcelona's influence has been diminishing up to now with the latest developments being Pique and Iniesta's retirement along with Jordi Alba losing his place.

At the tender age of 22, Asensio's future at Real Madrid and with the national team seems extremely bright.

Luis Enrique's side - who beat England at Wembley in their opener in the competition on Saturday - never looked back after Saul Niguez's headed opener.

Spain were in dreamland two minutes later as Asensio cheekily lofted a shot from 20 yards that ricocheted off the crossbar, before deflecting in off goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic for the third goal. "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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They'd have seen Spain edge out England 2-1, with a largely impressive opening display under new boss Luis Enrique - and will now be raring to take on the Spanish themselves at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche.

Spain now have six points in UEFA Nations League Group 4 after two games. He's a key part of Luis Enrique's Spain team and has returned the confidence shown in him by his coach.

After this game, Croatia will host England in their next Nations League match on Friday 12 October. But Spain weren't finished, 8 minutes later, Serjio Ramos scored the 5th from a corner kick.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard.

Spain have rattled in the goals against Croatia to take charge of their Nations League group.

In contrast the Belgians poured forward, with Thomas Meunier hitting the foot of the post midway through the second half, and Lukaku blazing a late shot over the bar before steering the ball past Halldorsson to complete the rout.

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