Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Spain destroy Croatia 6-0 in Uefa Nations League clash

Spain destroy Croatia 6-0 in Uefa Nations League clash

They'd have seen Spain edge out England 2-1, with a largely impressive opening display under new boss Luis Enrique - and will now be raring to take on the Spanish themselves at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche.

The victory left Spain comfortably ahead in Group 4 of the top-tiered League A in Europe's newest soccer competition, in good position to reach the tournament's final four in June.

Uefa named Luka Modric as its player of the year less than two weeks ago, but the Croatian captain could not muster up his usual commanding performance for his team, who may still be feeling the impact of a tremendous, yet exhausting, World Cup.

The Real Madrid prodigy deserved a second moments later when he cut in from the right flank and whipped a shot against the crossbar, with the ball dropping down and over the line off the head of Kalinic for an own goal.

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

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Aspas started and played well and Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

The Croats were making their Nations League debut after playing European champion Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly last week. Spain was coached by Fernando Hierro in Russian Federation after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the tournament. They replaced Marcos Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Iago Aspas.

Marco Asensio scored once and set up four more in Luis Enrique's second match in charge, as the World Cup finalists were run ragged in Elche.

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.

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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