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Croatia suffer worst ever defeat with Spain mauling

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Are the World Cup finalists suffering from a hangover after their loss to France in Russia? Their Nations League opener certainly suggested so!

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Losing a World Cup final can't be easy, but just how damaging it could be to a side was on full display in Croatia's crushing defeat at the hands of Spain.

Croatia followed their World Cup heartbreak with a lacklustre 1-1 friendly draw against Portugal last week, but in their first competitive match since the 4-2 defeat at the hands of France, Zlatko Dalic's side 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 previous worst loss for the nation came in 2009 in a World Cup qualifying match against England when the side suffered a 5-1 loss at Wembley.

That match marks the only other time in history that Croatia have fallen by more than three goals, with the side having suffered five losses by three goals in their history.

Real Madrid star Marco Asensio was the man of the moment for Spain, scoring once and setting up four more in Luis Enrique's second match in charge, and Croatia had no answer for the Spanish star on the night.

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