Luis Enrique’s Spain routs Croatia in Nations League

The Spain squad all huddle after training ahead of their game with Croatia on Tuesday

The Spain squad all huddle after training ahead of their game with Croatia on Tuesday

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

Luis Enrique's side - who beat England at Wembley in their opener in the competition on Saturday - never looked back after Saul Niguez's headed opener.

Marco Asensio was arguably the star of the show and scored his first global goal on 33 minutes by capitalising on some sloppy midfield play to collect the ball 25 yards out and beat Lovre Kalinic with a left-footed rocket.

Spain and Croatia go head to head in England's group, and World Cup bronze medallists Belgium get their UEFA Nations League campaign underway, all live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night.

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In the World Cup final, Vicente del Bosque put out six Barcelona players (Puyol, Pique, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro) along with Villa who had just signed from Valencia. 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. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game. But Spain weren't finished, 8 minutes later, Serjio Ramos scored the 5th from a corner kick. Bustling forward Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason in the 28th minute and the referee immediately pointed to the spot, with Chelsea playmaker Hazard calmly sending Hannes Halldorsson the wrong way with the resulting penalty.

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

Isco capped Spain's offensive show with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 70th minute.

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.

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