Luis Enrique hails 'marvellous' Spain after 6-0 Croatia rout

Aubrey Yates
September 12, 2018

"Croatia are the World Cup runners-up and all teams will be motivated against us - and we have to be aware of that".

Spain coach Luis Enrique declared his players unstoppable after their 6-0 rout of World Cup finalists Croatia. We played two big games [against Croatia and England], and our fans supported us.

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Two minutes later, the Real Madrid midfielder rocketed another shot that rattled the crossbar and clipped Kalinic, settling in for an own-goal off the diving Croatian stopper.

La Roja were surely out of sight four minutes after the break as Rodrigo made it 4-0 with a strike from the right side of the box into the bottom corner following a through ball from Asensio.

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Luis Enrique's charges got their campaign underway over the weekend with a 2-1 win over England at Wembley Stadium.

A memorable result was capped by a stylish sixth from Isco, who took a touch from Asensio's pass and fired high into the net across the helpless Kalinic.

Croatia drew 1-1 with Portugal on Thursday night in their first game since losing to France in the final in Russian Federation, while Spain will be on home soil under new boss Luis Enrique for the first time following his appointment.

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.

The 2010 World Cup winners slightly edge Croatia in the head-to-head record with three wins from six outings, while there has been one draw.

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