Spain whitewash World Cup finalist Croatia

 Spain’s Asensio celebrates scoring the second goal

Spain’s Asensio celebrates scoring the second goal

SPAIN smashed six goals past Croatia, with Marco Asensio sparkling in a dominant performance from Luis Enrique’s side against the World Cup runners-up.

The visitors actually started the better of the two sides, spurning a couple of early opportunities. From then on, though, Spain were rampant. Saul Niguez scored his second goal in as many goals to open the scoring, powering home a header from an outside-of-the-boot Dani Carvajal cross.

Asensio struck Spain’s second, lashing home a finish from 25 yards, before forcing a third, finding the back of the net via the crossbar and the back of Lovre Kalinic in the Croatian goal. There was a fourth goal for Rodrigo after the break, with Sergio Ramos and Isco adding a fifth and sixth respectively.

This result means Enrique’s tenure as Spain manager has started in impressive fashion, with two wins from two in the Nations League. But it was not just the result, but the manner of the performance which will cause the rest of European football to sit up and take note.

This Spain team could have won the World Cup. At the very least, they should have been among the frontrunners. However, their chances in Russia during the summer were sabotaged by the chaos that resulted in the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament. This performance proved just how good they could have been had they had a coach in the dugout.

Spain will look back at the 2018 World Cup as a golden opportunity missed. – Eurosport

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