Spain thrash World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in Nations League
Sep 12 2018
Sergio Ramos, one of the remaining members of Spain's golden generation, added the fifth goal with a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and Isco closed the scoring in the 70th after another set up by Asensio.
Spain scored three goals in each half as they completely outplayed Croatia, who were playing just their second game since the World Cup final.
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.
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.
La Roja were surely out of sight four minutes after the break as Rodrigo made it 4-0 with a strike from the right side of the box into the bottom corner following a through ball from Asensio.
That proved to be the final piece of goal-mouth action as Spain claimed a second straight Nations League win.
After a disappointing World Cup, Spain have bounced back as a new era under Luis Enrique begins, with two back-to-back victories against formidable opponents in the form of England and Croatia, both of whom had impressive showings in Russian Federation.
More importantly, they are off to a winning start under Luis Enrique, with their performances in Elche and against England at Wembley a stark reminder of the quality they possess, which seemed to go missing in their tempestuous World Cup campaign.
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.
The centre-back was consistently excellent in Russian Federation but was given a torrid time here. In the 57th minute, Spain captain Sergio Ramos headed in his 14th global goal for the team's fifth on the night. This will be the team's first Nations League match.