Croatia thumped by resurgent Spain

Sep 13, 2018, 01:31
Croatia thumped by resurgent 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".

Marco Asensio was their outstanding performer with one goal - Spain's second, driven in from 25 yards - and three assists.

Three goals in the space of 11 first-half minutes put the hosts on their way to a second successive UEFA Nations League victory, and they were five up before the hour mark.

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

Beating two of the World Cup's semi-finalists in four days leaves Spain top of League A's Group Two in the Nations League. It made it two wins out of two for Luis Enrique's side in their Nations League campaign.

"This week everything was flawless".

The hosts will need to be in better form against Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard than in their last game, the first without influential manager Heimir Hallgromsson, where they were beaten 6-0 by Switzerland.

Asensio was one of the few changes Enrique made to the team that beat England on Saturday. There is work still to do.

"You have an idea of what you expect from someone and after the training session he shows you that he's something else", Luis Enrique said.

"We're ending a get-together which went really well in every way and with our fans today we have been loved".

Enrique took over Spain after the team's elimination against Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

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.

"Croatia are the World Cup runners-up and all teams will be motivated against us - and we have to be aware of that".

"After the first goal we were not so focused, we tried to do things too fast and started to abandon the system". Three superbly weighted deliveries of different styles gifted his side further goals in the second half and underlined his remarkable quality.

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