Croatia thumped by resurgent Spain

Croatia thumped by resurgent Spain

The World Cup 2018 runners up Croatia certainly saw the wrath of the mighty La Roja when the two sides met yesterday in their UEFA Nation's League fixture. It made it two wins out of two for Luis Enrique's side in their Nations League campaign.

Marco Asensio was arguably the star of the show and scored his first worldwide goal on 33 minutes by capitalising on some sloppy midfield play to collect the ball 25 yards out and beat Lovre Kalinic with a left-footed rocket. The Oxford United forward tapped home in the 67th minute, 106...

Luis Enrique couldn't have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain's national team.

Just like it did against England, Spain was aggressive without the ball on Tuesday, pressing high and playing a more direct game that takes the focus away from short passes, something that has become a characteristic of Enrique's team.

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




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.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice and won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as they crushed Iceland 3-0 in their Nations League A, Group 2 clash in Reykjavik on Tuesday.

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.

Isco capped Spain's offensive show with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 70th minute.

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.

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