World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

13 September, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Spain's midfielder Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring at Wembley

In the World Cup final, Vicente del Bosque put out six Barcelona players (Puyol, Pique, Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta and Pedro) along with Villa who had just signed from Valencia.

Spain forward Marco Asensio has opened up about his incredible individual display against Croatia after contributing to five of the six goals scored in the UEFA Nations League drubbing.

"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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2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia have suffered the biggest defeat in their history as Spain humiliated them with a 6-nil thrashing in the UEFA Nations League.

Lovren was fantastic alongside Vida at the World Cup, and earned his place in the official team of the tournament.

More importantly, they are off to a winning start under Luis Enrique, with their performances in Elche and against England at Wembley a stark reminder of the quality they possess, which seemed to go missing in their tempestuous World Cup campaign.

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Croatia drew 1-1 with Portugal on Thursday night in their first game since losing to France in the final in Russian Federation, while Spain will be on home soil under new boss Luis Enrique for the first time following his appointment.

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. Saul and Asensio cut through Croatia's medium block with two precise passes, which left Rodrigo Moreno in an easy 1v1 to make it 4-0. Croatia and England have no points after their respective losses to Spain. Spain was coached by Fernando Hierro in Russian Federation after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the tournament.

Spain made three changes to the team that won at Wembley, bringing in Valencia defender Jose Gaya and Real Madrid pair Dani Ceballos and Asensio.

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Belgium had defeated Scotland 4-0 in a friendly last week in Glasgow.

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