Luis Enrique’s Spain routs Croatia in Nations League

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

Croatia suffered the biggest defeat in their history as Spain thrashed them 6-0 in Tuesday's Nations League match at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero.

Tuesday's match in Elche marked ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique's first home game as Spain manager, and his second win in as many matches since taking over La Roja reins in July.

Ramos's Real Madrid teammate Isco made it six with still 20 minutes for Croatia to endure, when he turned away from Domagoj Vida on the penalty spot and rifled a shot past the helpless Kalinic, with Asensio again the provider.

"We played a spectacular game and rounded off a brilliant week".

Spain have now won both of their opening UEFA Nations League games and on this evidence will take some stopping in League A. "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.

Vrsaljko provided Ivan Perisic with another chance during Croatia's early barrage but Spain's own right-back came to the rescue as Dani Carvajal tracked the Inter Milan winger to make a crucial intervention 10 yards from goal. He was unable to cope with the pace of Asensio or Rodrigo, was pulled out of position far too often and lost Ramos at a corner for Spain's fifth.

This defeat was Croatia's worst defeat in their worldwide history, and came as a shock to the footballing world, just after their recent brilliant performance at the World Cup. He's a key part of Luis Enrique's Spain team and has returned the confidence shown in him by his coach.

Ten minutes later Marco Asensio made it 2-nil with a powerful shot.

Spain have rattled in the goals against Croatia to take charge of their Nations League group.

However, the Asturian coach says Barca's Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world.

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