Luis Enrique hails flawless start as Spain thrash Croatia 6-0

World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

World Cup finalists Croatia thrashed by Spain

Spain started the second half with the same intensity as they had in the first half, and it didn't take them long to score.

Croatia could do little to stop the Spanish onslaught as the World Cup finalists suffered their worst ever defeat in team history.

After their 2-1 defeat of England on Saturday, Spain will measure up against World Cup runners-up Croatia.

Sergio Ramos, one of the remaining members of Spain's golden generation, added the fifth goal with a header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, and Isco closed the scoring in the 70th after another set up by Asensio.

Real defender Dani Carvajal made a decisive block early on to thwart Croatia forward Ivan Santini as Zlatko Dalic's side made a bright start and caused plenty of unease for Spain, who lost 2-1 when the teams last met at Euro 2016 in a group game.

The Real Madrid winger got his second assist of a spectacular display before the hour mark, his corner finding the head of the unmarked Ramos, who made no mistake from eight yards out.

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Luis Enrique couldn't have asked for a much better start as coach of Spain's national team. During the Russia World Cup, they were the most represented club with six players. Croatia and England have no points after their respective losses to Spain.

Isco capped Spain's offensive show with a right-footed shot from the center of the box in the 70th minute. Three superbly weighted deliveries of different styles gifted his side further goals in the second half and underlined his remarkable quality.

The victory left Spain comfortably ahead in Group 4 of the top-tiered League A in Europe's newest soccer competition, in good position to reach the tournament's final four in June.

Although this was a night on which a new generation of worldwide stars were born, Sergio Ramos was not to be left out as the defender lost his marker from a corner to head home his fourth goal of the season on 57 minutes.

Croatia meet the Three Lions in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final on October 12 in Rijeka.

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