Uefa Nations League: Superb Spain put six past Croatia

Uefa Nations League: Superb Spain put six past Croatia

Uefa Nations League: Superb Spain put six past Croatia

Spain showed their remarkable potential under new coach Luis Enrique by destroying World Cup runners-up Croatia 6-0 on Tuesday to hand the visitors their biggest ever defeat and take control of their Nations League group.

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.

To reach the Nations League finals next June, Spain need just two points from their remaining two games, at home to England and away to Croatia.

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.

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


Ten minutes later Marco Asensio made it 2-nil with a powerful shot. His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal. Saul and Asensio cut through Croatia's medium block with two precise passes, which left Rodrigo Moreno in an easy 1v1 to make it 4-0.

That counted as one of four assists for Asensio on the night, with a more conventional one coming four minutes after the restart when he released Rodrigo who nutmegged Kalinic for his fourth goal in six starts for his country.

Belgium, meanwhile, thrashed Scotland 4-0 at Hampden Park on Friday night, and have lost only one of their last 26 games, that being the World Cup semi-final to France. Sergi Roberto didn't play, so both players should be in good shape for the Real Sociedad match. Spain was coached by Fernando Hierro in Russian Federation after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the tournament. They are not from one team or another. The former Barcelona coach also added defender Jose Luis Gaya and midfielder Dani Ceballos to the starting lineup.

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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