UEFA Nations League Roundup: Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping win

UEFA Nations League Roundup: Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping win

UEFA Nations League Roundup: Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping win

Spain followed up Saturday's 2-1 victory over England at Wembley by thrashing Croatia, this summer's World Cup finalists, 6-0 in Alicante. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League.

Sergio Ramos, one of the remaining members of Spain's golden generation, added the fifth goal with a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and Isco closed the scoring in the 70th after another set up by Asensio. Saúl Ñíguez, Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco found the net, while Lovre Kalinic, the Croatia goalkeeper, scored an own goal. "We needed to recuperate the feelings we had before, we've played two great games", said goalscorer Asensio, who also provided three assists.

People were quick to jump on his decision to only include Busquets in the starting lineup, but Enrique insisted that he wasn't thinking about what club each player was at when making his selection for the national team.

It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, which was playing its first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

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

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

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

Marco Asensio doubled the lead for the hosts in the 33rd minute with a 25-yard rocket that screamed into the top corner after some sloppiness at the back from Croatia, 2-0.

After this game, Croatia will host England in their next Nations League match on Friday 12 October.

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.

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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