Luis Enrique hails 'marvellous' Spain after 6-0 Croatia rout

Doug Mendoza
September 12, 2018

It was the Asensio show in Elche, where the forward scored once and set up four more as Spain condemned World Cup finalists Croatia to the biggest defeat of their history - a 6-0 rout in the Nations League.

Croatia's best moment came before the first whistle even blew.

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

In the other League A match on Tuesday, Belgium won 3-0 at Iceland in its Nations League debut.

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.

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.

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Croatia, which lost the World Cup final to France, fell apart after defender Sime Vrsaljko had to be substituted due to an injury just minutes before Spain's first goal.

Ivan Santini and Ivan Perisic missed good early chances before Spain seized control 23 minutes in, as Saul headed the ball in off the turf after being picked out by Dani Carvajal's sublime cross.

Enrique took over Spain after the team's elimination against Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

Under the guidance of new head coach Luis Enrique, La Roja have adopted a new tactical approach that saw Marcos Alonso, Saul and Iago Aspas all play a starring role against the Three Lions within a new-look starting XI.

Marco Asensio doubled the lead for the hosts in the 33rd minute with a 25-yard rocket that screamed into the top corner after some sloppiness at the back from Croatia, 2-0. Asensio scored two unbelievable goals.

With victories over England and Croatia this worldwide break under new manager Luis Enrique, Asensio thinks they have recaptured some of the good vibes they felt before the World Cup.

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