Football – UEFA Nations League: Spain Decimates Croatia 6-0
- Marco Asensio scored his first international goal and guided Spain to an unequivocal 6-0 prevail upon World Cup finalists, Croatia in a UEFA Nations League match.
- Croatia could do little to stop the Spanish attack, as the World Cup finalists endured their most terrible defeat in history.
- Tuesday’s match in Elche stamped ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique’s first home game as Spain manager, and his 2nd win in the same number of matches since assuming control over La Roja in July.
- At the 24th minute, Elche local Saul Niguez opened the scoring with a jumping header off Dani Carvajal’s long corner that breezed past Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.
- Asensio’s left footed strike from 25 yards at the 32nd minute opened his account at the international level.
- After two minutes, the Real Madrid midfielder soared another shot that shook the crossbar and clipped Kalinic, settling in for an own goal off the jumping Croatian defender.
The 68 consecutive seconds of ball possession and 19 passes from Spain that lead to Saul goal v Croatia.
Great building up, great Luis Enrique, but especially a superior players’ technique.
That’s how you build football: teaching to kids to play the balk, not to win games pic.twitter.com/qeSAx7hrO3
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) 11 September 2018
- Rodrigo scored in the wake of slipping past the Croatian backline on a through-ball from Asensio in the 49th minute. In the 57th minute, Spain’s skipper Sergio Ramos headed in his 14th international goal for the group’s 5th on the night.
- Isco topped Spain’s hostile show with a right-footed shot from the focal point of the case in the 70th minute.
Croatia is an average team that over performed at the world cup.
On a good day, they will not have gone beyond the second round.
I stand by this anyday
Spain has finally exposed them.
Spain 6:0 Croacia#UEFANationsLeague
— Osarenkhoe Ogbomo- Osifo (@philmat) 11 September 2018
- Croatia’s best time preceded even before the principal whistle blew. Ivan Rakitic got a warm praise from the crowd, as the Barcelona midfielder was regarded by Croatian authorities preceding the counterpart for his 100th national team appearance.
- Spain currently have six points in UEFA Nations League Group 4 after two games. Croatia have no points after their particular misfortunes to Spain.
Blimey, Spain are 6 up against World Cup finalists Croatia. Just shows how damaging it was to lose their coach just before the tournament. So much talent.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 11 September 2018
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