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UEFA Nations League Roundup: Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping win

13 September, 2018, 01:35 | Author: John Swanson
  • Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets have a discussion during Spain training on Monday

The ex-Barcelona coach replaced Fernando Hierro, who oversaw Spain's World Cup bid after the Spanish FA sacked Julen Lopetegui a day before the finals in Russian Federation.

It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, which was playing its first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

Spain followed up Saturday's 2-1 victory over England at Wembley by thrashing Croatia, this summer's World Cup finalists, 6-0 in Alicante.

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.

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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.

The Real Madrid winger got his second assist of a spectacular display before the hour mark, his corner finding the head of the unmarked Ramos, who made no mistake from eight yards out.

Tuesday's match in Elche marked ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique's first home game as Spain manager, and his second win in as many matches since taking over La Roja reins in July.

La Roja got off to a slow start in the opening exchanges of the match, while Croatia seemed to have settled the better of the two teams as they surged forward easily.

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Marco Asensio was on a mad one last night versus Croatia. "After the second goal, the match was over for us".

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. Sergi Roberto didn't play, so both players should be in good shape for the Real Sociedad match.

Rodrigo - who scored the victor at Wembley - beat the offside trap before finishing neatly, Ramos headed in from a corner and Isco turned sharply before firing in from inside the box.

Croatia meet the Three Lions in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final on October 12 in Rijeka.

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