Spain put six past World Cup runners-up Croatia

Written By: Muraya Kamunde/BBC


Spain’s impressive start to the Nations League continued as they thrashed World Cup runners-up Croatia.

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 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.

Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco made it a rout for the superb Spanish.

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Rodrigo – who scored the winner 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.

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Croatia, whose side contained just four of those who started the World Cup final in Moscow this July – defender Domagoj Vida and midfielders Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic – had actually started the game the stronger but now have to regroup before facing England in October.

Spain’s two wins out of two in the Nations League see them top League A Group 4 with six points. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.

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On the other hand, England returned to winning ways after three successive defeats as Marcus Rashford’s second-half volley in the 54th minute gave them victory over Switzerland in a scrappy and subdued friendly at Leicester’s King Power Stadium.

Manager Gareth Southgate made nine changes from the side that lost 2-1 to Spain in the Uefa Nations League game at Wembley on Saturday – and for long periods it showed.

Finally, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku scored the goals as Belgium got their Nations League campaign off to a winning start in Iceland.

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Lukaku was bundled over by Sverrir Ingi Ingason in the box for a penalty that Chelsea midfielder Hazard converted to open the scoring.

The Manchester United forward got on the scoresheet himself two minutes later with a close-range finish.

He then added a third with a deft flick nine minutes from full-time.

It was Belgium’s first game in the new competition and ended a run of 13 competitive matches unbeaten at home for Iceland, who were hammered 6-0 by Switzerland away in their opening Nations League game on Saturday.


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