Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Enrique hails perfect start as Spain thrash World Cup finalists Croatia

Enrique hails perfect start as Spain thrash World Cup finalists Croatia

In his press conference on Monday, Enrique said he made a mistake by not initially calling up Aspas for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against England and Croatia.

Marco Asensio was arguably the star of the show and scored his first global goal on 33 minutes by capitalising on some sloppy midfield play to collect the ball 25 yards out and beat Lovre Kalinic with a left-footed rocket. His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal.

The Croats were made to pay in a big way, starting when Saul Niguez opened the scoring on 24 minutes, timing his run from deep to perfection to leap above Matej Mitrovic and thump Carvajal's cross into the bottom corner.

Marco Asensio doubled the lead for the hosts in the 33rd minute with a 25-yard rocket that screamed into the top corner after some sloppiness at the back from Croatia, 2-0.

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"The comparisons with the World Cup do not make sense, today we were very effective and everything went wonderfully well, they have had some chances, they have not done it effectively and we have played marvelously with very handsome goals".

Asensio, who was not among the starters against England, also set up Rodrigo's goal early in the second half with a flawless through ball behind the defence. 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. Croatia drew with Portugal in a friendly last week.

"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".

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice and won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as they crushed Iceland 3-0 in their Nations League A, Group 2 clash in Reykjavik on Tuesday.

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