UEFA Nations League Report: Spain v Croatia 11 September 2018

Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets have a discussion during Spain training on Monday

Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets have a discussion during Spain training on Monday

Marco Asensio believes Spain have recovered the positive spirit of their pre-World Cup form following Tuesday's destruction of Croatia in Elche.

Marco Asensio scored his first global goal and guided Spain to an emphatic 6-0 win over Croatia on Tuesday night in UEFA Nations League action.

Spain was eliminated during the round of 16 of the World Cup, losing to Russian Federation on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Enrique took over Spain after the team's elimination against Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

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.

"We needed to recover those feelings we had".

"We played a spectacular game and rounded off a brilliant week". 'If I have to talk about the best in the world, that's Leo Messi'.

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"We've played against teams who got very far in the World Cup".

This looked a long way from the Croatia side who reached the World Cup final two months ago, and that was summed up appropriately by the performance of Domagoj Vida.

Luis Enrique was thrilled with the way his side performed, including debutants Jose Gaya and Dani Ceballos, and described Asensio's shooting ability as "unique".

Afterwards, Enrique stated: "It is hard to overcome a team that presses like Croatia, in fact they had two chances at the beginning of the game in which they could score, but afterwards we were superior". "They had the chance to score, but then we were superior".

"It's a great challenge to play against Luka in the Spanish league and it's even better to play with him for our country", Rakitic said.

Iceland manager Erik Hamren has now lost his opening two games as manager, conceding nine goals in the process, leaving the Nordic nation's reputation for a miserly defence in tatters. He has a unique strike.

"That's why we want to win every match, but we are playing against a Spain team which didn't meet their expectations at the World Cup and are highly motivated now". I'll now analyse everything in detail.

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