UEFA Nations League Roundup: Spain humiliate Croatia with thumping win

Ross Houston
September 12, 2018

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

It got worse for Croatia before the break as Asensio forced two memorable goals in the space of two minutes, first blasting beyond Kalinic from 25 yards before driving towards the box and curling a stunning effort that smacked the crossbar and went in off the unfortunate goalkeeper.

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

Then Rodrigo headed Carvajal's cross early in the 2nd half to make it 4-nil.

Aspas impressed as Spain beat England 2-1 at Wembley in League A Group 4 on Saturday. Croatia and England have no points after their respective losses to Spain. Their inclusion made Luis Enrique the first Spain coach in 16 years to name six Real Madrid players in a starting lineup, making a mockery of fears in the Spanish media when he was appointed that he would discriminate against Real players over loyalty to his former club Barcelona.


The two teams last met at Euro 2016 when Croatia came away with a 2-1 win after overturning Spain's lead.

Lukaku made it 2-0 to Belgium minutes later, firing a close-range shot on the rebound that was judged to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevardsson managed to clear.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard.


"That's why we want to win every match, but we are playing against a Spain team which didn't meet their expectations at the World Cup and are highly motivated now".

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