Nations League: Spain player ratings vs Croatia

Spain secured their second straight triumph in the Nations League as they thumped World Cup finalists Croatia by a 6-0 scoreline on Tuesday night. The game was expected to be a tight affair with Zlatko Dalic’s side making great progress in 2018 but they were seemingly embarrassed with La Roja running riot in Elche. Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio was the star of the show with a goal and three assists to his name.

Player Ratings:

David de Gea: The Spaniard had been kept busy during the early phase of the game whereby Croatia adopted a high-pressing approach. Other than this, he was a spectator during the course of the second period – 7/10

Dani Carvajal: The Real Madrid ace was full of training throughout the encounter and capped the performance with a lovely assist. He was replaced by Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta in the final stage of the game – 8/10

Sergio Ramos: As usual, the country’s captain was constantly involved with the ball and he also found the scoresheet after being unmarked from a corner. A well-earned shutout after his not-so-good performance at the World Cup – 8.5/10

Nacho: The Real Madrid has looked assured alongside Ramos since taking the guard over Gerard Pique, who has retired from international football. He took the backseat with Ramos running the show from central defence – 7/10

Jose Gaya: Gaya made his first-ever appearance for Spain and what a game to do so. The 23-year-old was not much of a threat with his crossing but was solid in terms of the defensive play – 7/10

Sergio Busquets: Busquets had a jittery moment early on where a mistimed pass nearly put Ivan Perisic through on goal. Barring that, he was organised with his performance with not a single other giveaway – 7.5/10

Saul Niguez: The Atletico ace was a surprise exclusion from La Roja’s squad during the summer World Cup but he has now proved his worth with back-to-back goals versus England and Croatia. Operating in a free role, Saul was constantly a threat to the Croats – 8.5/10

Dani Ceballos: Another Spaniard from the European champions. Ceballos has witnessed a wonderful turnaround of his career this season and against Croatia, he provided a calming presence in the centre of the park, replacing Thiago Alcantara in the first XI – 7/10

Isco: Often regarded as the leader of the Spanish attack but he could not make much influence on the scoresheet with youngsters excelling. Nonetheless, bagged a well-earned goal for his efforts right at the end – 8/10

Rodrigo: The Valencia star was once more picked ahead of Alvaro Morata and he made his opportunity pay with a goal for the second successive game. Should have easily scored another but for the strong interception skills from goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic – 8.5/10

Marco Asensio:¬†The attacker was recently in the news for rejecting Cristiano Ronaldo’s number 7 shirt but he could certainly live up to that reputation after his stellar showing versus Croatia. Ran the show in Elche with three assists and an excellent long-range goal – a perfect 10/10


Thiago Alcantara, Cesar Azpilicueta, Rodri

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