Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Luis Enrique admits mistake over Aspas call-up

Luis Enrique admits mistake over Aspas call-up

Luis Enrique took charge after the humiliating exit to Russian Federation at the World Cup had left Spain doubting the possession game that won them three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012.

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

"That's why we want to win every match, but we are playing against a Spain team which didn't meet their expectations at the World Cup and are highly motivated now".

Spain and Croatia go head to head in England's group, and World Cup bronze medallists Belgium get their UEFA Nations League campaign underway, all live on Sky Sports on Tuesday night.

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The result is their heaviest ever defeat, the first time they have conceded six goals and the first game in which they have let in five since a 5-1 loss to England in 2009.

Spain were in dreamland two minutes later as Asensio cheekily lofted a shot from 20 yards that ricocheted off the crossbar, before deflecting in off goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic for the third goal.

Luis Enrique admitted after Spain's 6-0 win over Croatia that he has the backbone of the team well in place now and there has been a notable power shift in personnel from Barcelona to Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos added to the scoreline with a header from Asensio's corner after some awful marking.

And finally, a memorable result was capped by a final goal by Isco.

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After beating England 2-1 in manager Luis Enrique's first game in charge, the new-look La Roja stunned their European counterparts at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero.

Spain now have six points in UEFA Nations League Group 4 after two games.

Enrique took over Spain after the team's elimination against Russian Federation in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

Rodrigo - who scored the victor at Wembley - beat the offside trap before finishing neatly, Ramos headed in from a corner and Isco turned sharply before firing in from inside the box.

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"It's a great challenge to play against Luka in the Spanish league and it's even better to play with him for our country", Rakitic said.

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