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UEFA Nations League preview - Tuesday: Spain v Croatia, Iceland v Belgium

UEFA Nations League preview - Tuesday: Spain v Croatia, Iceland v Belgium

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.

Luis Enrique's side - who beat England at Wembley in their opener in the competition on Saturday - never looked back after Saul Niguez's headed opener.

It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, which was playing its first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

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.

It got worse for Croatia before the break as Asensio grabbed two memorable goals in the space of two minutes, first blasting beyond Kalinic from 25 yards before driving towards the box and curling a stunning effort that smacked the crossbar and went in off the unfortunate goalkeeper.

Ivan Santini and Ivan Perisic missed good early chances before Spain seized control 23 minutes in, as Saul headed the ball in off the turf after being picked out by Dani Carvajal's sublime cross.

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Spain's two wins out of two in the Nations League see them top League A Group 4 with six points.

Rodrigo scored after slipping past the Croatian backline on a through-ball from Asensio in the 49th minute.

The 48-year-old head coach included six Real Madrid players in the starting lineup - including Man of the Match Marco Asensio who was directly involved in five of Spain's six goals - but only Sergio Busquets was included from Enrique's former club.

He promised evolution, not revolution, and while his team still dominated possession, they were faster, more direct and less predictable in the final third. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.

The game, contested in the southeastern Spanish city of Elche, was only Enrique's second match in charge. In the 57th minute, Spain captain Sergio Ramos headed in his 14th global goal for the team's fifth on the night.

In June, Asensio actually commented directly on interest from Liverpool, saying: "When the World Cup is over, we'll talk about that sort of thing, now I'm focused on selection [for Spain]".

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