Luis Enrique hails 'marvellous' Spain after 6-0 Croatia rout

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Spain were in a confident mood after winning their first game under Luis Enrique 2-1 away to England in their Nations League opener on Saturday and once they scored the floodgates opened and Croatia were left chasing shadows.

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio bagged a goal and three assists as Spain humiliated World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in a UEFA Nations League clash on Tuesday evening.

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This defeat was Croatia's worst defeat in their global history, and came as a shock to the footballing world, just after their recent brilliant performance at the World Cup. Ivan Rakitic received a warm applause from the crowd as the Barcelona midfielder was honored by Croatian officials prior to the match for his 100th national team cap. His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal.

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

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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, 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. Croatia and England have no points after their respective losses to Spain. Croatia drew with Portugal in a friendly last week. During the Russia World Cup, they were the most represented club with six players. They replaced Marcos Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Iago Aspas. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.

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

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