Spain vs. Croatia - Football Match Report

Luis Enrique shouts instructions to his players during a training session on Monday afternoon

Sept 12 ― Luis Enrique described it as the flawless start after Spain backed up their win over England with a 6-0 demolition of Croatia yesterday.

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. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League.

Zlatko Dalic's men were happy to sit back at times, though, and the first goal came from an accurate switch of play by Sergio Ramos to Dani Carvajal who crossed for Saul Niguez to head home.

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.

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.

Asensio, who was not among the starters against England, also set up Rodrigo's goal early in the second half with a flawless through ball behind the defence.

Aspas impressed as Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley in League A Group 4 on Saturday. Spain was eliminated during the round of 16 of the World Cup, losing to Russian Federation on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

It got worse for Croatia before the break as Asensio grabbed two memorable goals in the space of two minutes, first blasting beyond Kalinic from 25 yards before driving towards the box and curling a stunning effort that smacked the crossbar and went in off the unfortunate goalkeeper.

He then added another two minutes later.

After this game, Croatia will host England in their next Nations League match on Friday 12 October.

Iceland manager Erik Hamren has now lost his opening two games as manager, conceding nine goals in the process, leaving the Nordic nation's reputation for a miserly defence in tatters. Yet despite missing one of their main playmakers, there was no lack of creativity in the side.

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