World Cup finalists, Croatia set an unwanted record with the 6-0 loss at the hands of Spain in the UEFA Nations League – the biggest defeat in the country’s history by a distance.
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 in a World Cup qualifying match at Wembley.
Luis Enrique’s side – who beat England at Wembley in their opener in the competition on Saturday – never looked back after Saul Niguez’s headed opener.
Marco Asensio fired in from 20 yards and then, shortly after, saw another rifled effort hit the bar and find the net via Croatia keeper Lovre Kalinic.
Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos and Isco made it a rout for the superb Spanish.
Rodrigo – who scored the winner 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.
Croatia, whose side contained just four of those who started the World Cup final in Moscow this July – defender Domagoj Vida and midfielders Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and Ivan Perisic – had actually started the game the stronger but now have to regroup before facing England in October.
Spain’s two wins out of two in the Nations League see them top League A Group 4 with six points. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.
Spain’s next match takes place in exactly a month, when they visit Cardiff for a friendly four days before hosting England in the Nations League.
Croatia meet the Three Lions in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final on October 12 in Rijeka.