Spain thrashes Croatia 6-0 in UEFA Nations League

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.

Croatia, for whom Ivan Rakitic was making his 100th appearance, rarely got to grips with their opponents and conceded three times more in the second half through Rodrigo Moreno, Sergio Ramos and Isco.

He promised evolution, not revolution, and while his team still dominated possession, they were faster, more direct and less predictable in the final third. Spain were in a confident mood after winning their first game under Luis Enrique 2-1 away to England in their Nations League opener on Saturday and once they scored the floodgates opened and Croatia were left chasing shadows.

Spain were three up at half-time against the World Cup runners-up thanks to Marco Asensio's two long-range strikes, the second going in off goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, and an early header from Saul Niguez.

Spain's next match takes place in exactly a month, when they visit Cardiff for a friendly match four days before hosting England in the Nations League.

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

Asensio found the back of the net twice in stunning fashion as Spain thrashed Croatia 6-0 (!) in the UEFA Nations League.

In other Uefa Nations League games, England edged Switzerland 1-0, Belgium beat Iceland 3-0, and Poland and Ireland played out a 1-1 draw.

Lukaku made it 2-0 to Belgium minutes later, firing a close-range shot on the rebound that was judged to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevardsson managed to clear.

Then Rodrigo headed Carvajal's cross early in the 2nd half to make it 4-nil. Croatia and England have no points after their respective losses to Spain. They are not from one team or another. They replaced Marcos Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Iago Aspas. "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.

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