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

Marco Asensio and Marina Muntaner

Marco Asensio scored once and set up four more in Luis Enrique's second match in charge, as the World Cup finalists were run ragged in Elche.

The hosts will need to be in better form against Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard than in their last game, the first without influential manager Heimir Hallgromsson, where they were beaten 6-0 by Switzerland.

Marco Asensio was arguably the star of the show and scored his first worldwide goal on 33 minutes by capitalising on some sloppy midfield play to collect the ball 25 yards out and beat Lovre Kalinic with a left-footed rocket.

Spain's Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring their fifth goal with teammates.

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Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic wasn't too happy with his team's performance against Spain.

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.

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

Playing in a small venue in Elche - a site that rarely gets to host Spanish national team games - should confer the hosts a more significant, more intimidating home-field advantage than the usual atmosphere of a pseudo-friendly game played in the larger, cavern-like stadiums.

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What does it mean?

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. He's a key part of Luis Enrique's Spain team and has returned the confidence shown in him by his coach.

Spain made three changes to the team that won at Wembley, bringing in Valencia defender Jose Gaya and Real Madrid pair Dani Ceballos and Asensio. This will be the team's first Nations League match.

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