Spain thrash World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 in Nations League

World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

Spain and Croatia go head to head in England's group, and World Cup bronze medallists Belgium get their UEFA Nations League campaign underway, all live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night.

However, Luis Enrique's charges drew first blood in the 24th minute through Saul Niguez, who headed home a cross from Dani Carvajal.

Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco made it a rout for the superb Spanish.

Croatia, which lost the World Cup final to France, fell apart after defender Sime Vrsaljko had to be substituted due to an injury just minutes before Spain's first goal.

Aspas, who has scored six goals in 14 appearances for La Roja, has been a big hit in Spain since returning to La Liga following his spell at Liverpool.

World Cup runners-up Croatia were humbled on their return to competitive football as a revitalised Spain ran out 6-0 winners at the Estadio Martinez Valero this evening. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.

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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.

Celta Vigo striker Aspas replaced Diego Costa in the squad after the Atletico Madrid forward was released for personal reasons.

The two nations are facing each other for the seventh time, with Croatia taking the last meeting - a 2-1 win at Euro 2016.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard.

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.

Meanwhile, Zlatko Dalic offered fringe players Mateo Kovacic and Marko Pjaca opportunities to shine after their peripheral roles in their shock World Cup run. Yet despite missing one of their main playmakers, there was no lack of creativity in the side.

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