Luis Enrique’s Spain routs Croatia in Nations League

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Spain will host Croatia at Elche's Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on Tuesday as the UEFA Nations League competition continues.

Marco Asensio fired in from 20 yards and then, shortly after, saw another rifled effort hit the bar and find the net via Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic.

"We played a spectacular game and rounded off a brilliant week". Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.

Ahead of the game, Dalic said: "This is not a must-win match for us, but a good result would keep our mood positive and it's much nicer when you win". "We've played two teams that went very far in the World Cup and these victories are very important to reach the final phase, which is a challenge we have set ourselves", added Asensio.

It is 16 years since Madrid had six players in the Spain team as happened against Croatia while Barcelona, whose players were the mainstay of the Spain side during their recent golden period had just Sergio Busquets starting. He's a key part of Luis Enrique's Spain team and has returned the confidence shown in him by his coach. Carvajal also provided the cross from which Saul headed the opener, giving Spain a huge injection of belief and rattling the visitors, who moments later conceded possession in midfield before Asensio smashed the loose ball home from long range.

Nadal through after five-set thriller
The Austrian was heartbroken but proud, saying: "It's going to be stuck in my mind forever". Yeah, it was [a] question of little bit of luck at the end.

Croatia could do little to stop the Spanish onslaught as the World Cup finalists suffered their worst ever defeat in team history.

Ten minutes later Marco Asensio made it 2-nil with a powerful shot. During the Russia World Cup, they were the most represented club with six players.

In the other League A match on Tuesday, Belgium won 3-0 at Iceland in its Nations League debut.

The hosts took their foot off the gas for the final quarter of an hour although Rodrigo and Isco still had chances to pile more humilation on Zlatko Dalic's side, who were handed a stark reality check on the back of their run in Russian Federation.

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