Spain seems to have returned to their best form under Luis Enrique as they pummeled World Cup runner-up, Croatia 6-0 in their second UEFA Nations League game on Tuesday night to hand Croatia their biggest defeat so far.
Spain went into the game in the wake of their 2-1 win over England after their poor World Cup campaign in Russia as Luis Enrique who took over from Julen Lopetegui looks to get the La Furia Roja back on track.
Croatia began the game on a bright start with the same dexterity that made them the team to watch at the last World Cup. They probably would have had a brilliant headstart had they not missed two glorious opportunities to go ahead early in the game.
But it was Spain who demonstrated the more hunger and cutting edge as Atletico Madrid midfielder, Saul Niguez opened the rain on goals in his home-town Elche, heading home mid-way into the first half.
Real Madrid wonderboy, Marco Asensio went on to increase the lead to make it 2-0, then went on to complete his brace for the night.
Even though his second goal would later be awarded as an own goal, it did not detract from the fact that Asensio was one of Croatia’s number one public enemy as he peppered then with intelligent passes, runs and the continuous threat on goal.
Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic was made to really work as he was kept busy all through the night.
Still not satisfied with the scoreline, Rodrigo Moreno went on to make it four goals in the second half.
Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos came into the party, also heading home a fine cross to extend the lead to five before Isco iced the cake to become the first team to defeat Croatia 6-0 as they now take control of the Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League.
It will also be recalled that Spain also defeated 2014 World Cup runners-up, Argentina 6-1 In an international friendly at the Wanda Metropolitano, Atletico Madrid’s home ground before the World Cup in June.