Asensio Shines as Spain Humiliate World Cup Finalists Croatia

Hope Soto
September 13, 2018

Spain host World Cup runners-up Croatia in Elche on Tuesday and Aspas is poised to start again.

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.

La Roja got off to a slow start in the opening exchanges of the match, while Croatia seemed to have settled the better of the two teams as they surged forward easily.

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.

That counted as one of four assists for Asensio on the night, with a more conventional one coming four minutes after the restart when he released Rodrigo who nutmegged Kalinic for his fourth goal in six starts for his country.

To reach the Nations League finals next June, Spain need just two points from their remaining two games, at home to England and away to Croatia.

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Beaten World Cup finalists Croatia have suffered a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Spain on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

La Roja were surely out of sight four minutes after the break as Rodrigo made it 4-0 with a strike from the right side of the box into the bottom corner following a through ball from Asensio.

Marco Asensio was on a mad one last night versus Croatia.

The Croats were making their Nations League debut after playing European champion Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly last week. During the Russia World Cup, they were the most represented club with six players. Spain was coached by Fernando Hierro in Russian Federation after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the tournament.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard.

Belgium began with nine of the players who started the World Cup third-place playoff win against England in Russian Federation, with the injured Kevin De Bruyne replaced by Dries Mertens.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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