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Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping Nations League win

Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping Nations League win”

The former European and World Cup winners trained on Monday ahead of the game where they will be looking to build on their ideal start after beating England 2-1 on Saturday.

The hosts soon increased their lead with two thumping strikes from Marco Asensio, the second of which was given as an own goal to Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic as it bounced off him after crashing against the crossbar.

Croatia, which lost the World Cup final to France, fell apart after defender Sime Vrsaljko had to be substituted due to an injury just minutes before Spain's first goal.

Spain have rattled in the goals against Croatia to take charge of their Nations League group. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League.

Then Rodrigo headed Carvajal's cross early in the 2nd half to make it 4-nil.

Croatia drew 1-1 with Portugal on Thursday night in their first game since losing to France in the final in Russian Federation, while Spain will be on home soil under new boss Luis Enrique for the first time following his appointment.

Under the guidance of new head coach Luis Enrique, La Roja have adopted a new tactical approach that saw Marcos Alonso, Saul and Iago Aspas all play a starring role against the Three Lions within a new-look starting XI.

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

"That's why we want to win every match, but we are playing against a Spain team which didn't meet their expectations at the World Cup and are highly motivated now".

In other Uefa Nations League games, England edged Switzerland 1-0, Belgium beat Iceland 3-0, and Poland and Ireland played out a 1-1 draw.

In contrast the Belgians poured forward, with Thomas Meunier hitting the foot of the post midway through the second half, and Lukaku blazing a late shot over the bar before steering the ball past Halldorsson to complete the rout.



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