Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Luis Enrique puts Lopetegui in a tricky spot with Isco & Asensio

Luis Enrique puts Lopetegui in a tricky spot with Isco & Asensio

Isco completed Croatia's heaviest ever defeat with a sixth before the end as Luis Enrique's youthful and exciting side produced a result which will send shockwaves around Europe.

Spain's Saul Niguez celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal.

Croatia is the 2018 World Cup runner-up, winning its group that included Argentina before beating Denmark, Russia and England on the way to the final.

After this game, Croatia will host England in their next Nations League match on Friday 12 October. His second strike bounced off the post and the back of goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, who was awarded an own goal.

It was also the second time this year that Spain have scored six goals against World Cup runners-up, following their 6-1 win over 2014 finalists Argentina in March.

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Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco made it a rout for the superb Spanish. Croatia and England have no points after their respective losses to Spain.

The Croats were making their Nations League debut after playing European champion Portugal to a 1-1 draw in a friendly last week.

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. Spain was coached by Fernando Hierro in Russian Federation after Julen Lopetegui was sacked two days before the tournament. The former Barcelona coach also added defender Jose Luis Gaya and midfielder Dani Ceballos to the starting lineup.

Maybe rotations will allow him to squeeze them both into the same side but when the important games come around and there are no rotations, one of Isco or Asensio must sit on the bench, something which for them and supporters will be hard to understand.

Belgium earned a comfortable win over Iceland thanks to a pair of goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Eden Hazard.

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