UEFA Nations League: Spain hand Croatia worst-ever defeat, maul World Cup runners-up 6-0

Spain on Tuesday handed World Cup runners-up Croatia their biggest ever defeat after a 6-0 rout in the Nations League group match in Elche, Spain.

UEFA Nations League: Spain hand Croatia worst-ever defeat, maul World Cup runners-up 6-0
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Spain on Tuesday handed World Cup runners-up Croatia their biggest ever defeat after a 6-0 rout in the Nations League group match in Elche, Spain.

Elche homeboy, Saul Niguez put Spain on the lead, early in the 24th minute, after he headed a Dani Carvajal cross past Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic.  

Marco Asensio then hit a stunning 25-yard goal in the 32nd minute to score his first international goal. The Real Madrid midfielder soon opened the Croatian floodgates after his fiery shot on the woodwork saw Kalinic clip an own-goal in the 35th minute.  

A Hapless Luka Modric-led Croatia succumbed to Spain's constant assault as winder Rodrigo scored in the 49th minute off a brilliant through-ball assist from Asensio. 

The 2010 World Cup champions Spain surged ahead with a 5-goal lead after skipper Sergio Ramos netted his 14th international goal with a header in the 57th minute. 

To rub salt to the wounds of the Croatian side, 26-year-old Isco hit a 70th-minute netter to seal the match for his side. 

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who took over as Spain manager in July, marked his first home win as La Roja picked up six points in two games to top their Nations League Group.   

(With Agency inputs)

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