Spain thrashes Croatia 6-0 in UEFA Nations League

Croatia, which lost the World Cup final to France, fell apart after defender Sime Vrsaljko had to be substituted due to an injury just minutes before Spain's first goal.

The 6-0 scoreline was Croatia's biggest-ever defeat.

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. However, it is the biggest defeat in Croatia's history, so it was a dismal day for them.

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.

Croatia's Ivan Santini was guilty of missing early on but once Spain pulled ahead, the visitors crumbled.

The Real Madrid winger got his second assist of a spectacular display before the hour mark, his corner finding the head of the unmarked Ramos, who made no mistake from eight yards out.

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.

"It would be very easy to say that this is my Spain, generating many chances and conceding few goals, but the truth is that I am changing things very fast", Luis Enrique said.

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

Croatia will hope to get their first Nations League points when they host England next month.

The game, contested in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, was only Enrique's second match in charge.

Aspas impressed as Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley in League A Group 4 on Saturday.

Rodrigo - who scored the victor at Wembley - beat the offside trap before finishing neatly, Ramos headed in from a corner and Isco turned sharply before firing in from inside the box.

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

  • Rosalie Stanley