Spain Humiliate Sorry World Cup Finalists Croatia
Spain thrashed Croatia 6-0 in the teams’ League A Group 4 clash of the UEFA Nations League in Elche on Tuesday night.
The one sided game was Ivan Rakitic’s 100th cap for his country.
Saul Niguez, Marco Alonso, Isco, Sergio Ramos, Rodrigo, and an own goal by Croatia’s goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic did the damage for the 2010 World Cup champions.
Rakitic was presented with the first chance of the game as Sergio Busquets gave away a loose pass in the fifth minute but fired his shot wide from the edge of the box.
Sime Vrsaljko produced a good cross but Anderlecht striker Ivan Santini’s slid effort from that supply went inches wide off target in the 14th minute.
Moments later Modric found Ivan Perisic but Daniel Carvajal was there to defend superbly and cut out the ensuing danger.
Vrsjaljko was soon substituted by Rog after he pulled up with an injury.
Saul Naguez nodded Spain ahead in the 24th minute from a great Carvajal cross. The goal was the second successive strike by the Atletico Madrid midfielder who had hitherto not scored in his first ten international matches.
In the 33rd minute Marco Asensio made it 2-0 with a powerful pile drive from 25 yards.
The Real Madrid star ensured Spain extended their lead with a similar shot in the 34th minute which cannoned off the Croatian goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic and the La Roja went three goals adrift of the World Cup finalists.
Rodrigo timed his run well to reach a pass from Isco to score his fourth international goal and Spain’s fourth of the night five minutes into the second half.
Sergio Ramos was left unmarked and duly powered home a header from a 57th minute corner kick.
Isco scored Spain’s sixth goal as he turned brilliantly away from Rog inside the Croatian box to dispatch the ball to the top left corner.
By Izuchukwu Okosi