Sergio Busquets involved in Spain’s rout of Ivan Rakitic’s Croatia

World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal.

Speaking to reporters after Spain beat Croatia 6-0, Asensio said: "I've never had the intention to go anywhere".

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.

He promised evolution, not revolution, and while his team still dominated possession, they were faster, more direct and less predictable in the final third. Two matches, two convincing wins against top opponents in the UEFA Nations League.

That counted as one of four assists for Asensio on the night, with a more conventional one coming four minutes after the restart when he released Rodrigo who nutmegged Kalinic for his fourth goal in six starts for his country.

Beating two of the World Cup's semi-finalists in four days leaves Spain top of League A's Group Two in the Nations League.


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

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.

Lukaku made it 2-0 to Belgium minutes later, firing a close-range shot on the rebound that was judged to have crossed the line before Birkir Saevardsson managed to clear.

Croatia will hope to get their first Nations League points when they host England next month. Croatia drew with Portugal in a friendly last week.

The visitors actually started brightly and the story of the match could have been very different had they taken one of three golden opportunities inside the opening 20 minutes. Sergi Roberto didn't play, so both players should be in good shape for the Real Sociedad match. They replaced Marcos Alonso, Thiago Alcantara and Iago Aspas.

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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