Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Liverpool fans think they know exactly why Spain thumped Croatia 6-0

Liverpool fans think they know exactly why Spain thumped Croatia 6-0

Croatia, for whom Ivan Rakitic was making his 100th appearance, rarely got to grips with their opponents and conceded three times more in the second half through Rodrigo Moreno, Sergio Ramos and Isco.

Luka Modric's Croatia threatened early in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, but Spain took control of the match by scoring three goals in 11 first-half minutes.

Spain's impressive start to the Nations League continued as they thrashed World Cup runners-up Croatia.

"We have played against team that did really well in the World Cup".

La Roja got off to a slow start in the opening exchanges of the match, while Croatia seemed to have settled the better of the two teams as they surged forward easily.

Sergio Ramos, one of the remaining members of Spain's golden generation, added the fifth goal with a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and Isco closed the scoring in the 70th after another set up by Asensio.

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Spain's next match takes place in exactly a month, when they visit Cardiff for a friendly match four days before hosting England in the Nations League.

After this game, Croatia will host England in their next Nations League match on Friday 12 October.

La Roja were surely out of sight four minutes after the break as Rodrigo made it 4-0 with a strike from the right side of the box into the bottom corner following a through ball from Asensio. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game. They are not from one team or another.

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.

Just like it did against England, Spain was aggressive without the ball on Tuesday, pressing high and playing a more direct game that takes the focus away from short passes, something that has become a characteristic of Enrique's team.

Belgium began with nine of the players who started the World Cup third-place playoff win against England in Russian Federation, with the injured Kevin De Bruyne replaced by Dries Mertens.

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