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SPAIN 6 CROATIA 0 | UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE RESULT

SPAIN has defeated FIFA World Sub-Champions CROATIA 6 - 0 at home in the city of Elche. Surprising result as one would have expected a "better" performance from Croatia before the kick off their UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Group A clash.

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Group A

Spanish Selector & Coach Luis Enrique made some changes from the last game against England with the inclusion of defender GAYA, midfielder CEBALLOS & forward ASENSIO in the starting line-up. All three players proved their worth with excellent performances & Asensio getting into the goals.

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Group A

Croatia started well pressuring the Spanish defenders & forcing errors. It seemed at this early stage that Croatia would give Spain a hard night & be more competitive than they actually turned out to be. The Spanish goal came in the 24th min with a SAUL header & Croatia disappeared from this point onwards in the game.

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Group A

Spain took full control of the match adding 5 more goals to the scoreline, while Spanish goalkeeper DE GEA was hardly put under pressure most of the match. Spain has been criticised for their lack of goal effectivity & scoring power, but tonight they were 100% spot on. Hard to determine if Spain has improved their goal scoring capacity or that Croatia played so bad that they "allowed" Spain to score so many.  Croatia was a shadow of their World Cup performance tonight.

UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE Group A

Here are all the goalscorers tonight:

1 - 0 (24m) Saul Ñiguez
2 - 0 (33m) Marco Asensio
3 - 0 (35m) (O.G.) Lovre Kalinic
4 - 0 (49m) Rodrigo Moreno
5 - 0 (57m) Sergio Ramos
6 - 0 (70m) Isco

As you can see another great night for Atletico de Madrid midfielder Saul who scored again. While Asensio was in the goals scoring in the 33rd min & the 35th min was virtually his as well after his long range shot hit the bar & rebounded of the Croatian goalie into the net. Even Spanish Captain & defender Sergio Ramos got his goal after heading home in the 57th min.


The only negative note is the Spanish defense that still needs work to solve concentration lapses & silly errors. Although the results may indicate elsewise when Croatia did pressure upfront (especially early on) Spain suffered defensively & with a more competitive team tonight things may have been different. 

ENGLAND 1 SPAIN 2 | UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE RESULT

SPAIN has defeated ENGLAND tonight 1 - 2 at Wembley in their UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE match. Spain has not won England at Wembley since 1981 & tonights victory gives the "new" Spanish Football Team a confidence boost. 

New Spanish National Team Selector & Coach Luis Enrique started with the following 11:

De Gea; Carvajal, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Marcos Alonso; Sergi Busquets, Saul, Thiago; Isco, Iago Aspas & Rodrigo Moreno.

The goalkeeper debate ended with De Gea keeping his place, while Aspas & Rodrigo surprised with their start. Correct choices by Luis Enrique as DE GEA was to be very important making 3 match saving actions & Rodrigo scoring the second & eventual winning goal.

England - Spain UEFA Nations League 2018

Positive & encouraging match by Spain which dominated the 1º st half with possession Football & quick attacking incursions from the flanks. Dani Carvajal was very dangerous while midfielder SAUL was very active & causing all sorts of dangers. Said this England got ahead first in the 10th min through RASHFORD when defender Shaw made a clinical pass that broke the Spanish defense. 

The good news from Spain´s point of view was their quick reaction to the situation managing to equalize in the 12th min through SAUL. From this point onwards Spain took control putting England on the back foot & making them chase the ball. Valencia CF forward RODRIGO scored from an Isco free-kick in the 31st min that would turn out to be the winner.

England - Spain UEFA Nations League 2018

England did have their moments through Rashford who was their most dangerous man, but Spanish goalkeeper DE GEA made 3 saves (hand, knee & leg) that kept out Rushford & avoided the few England equalizer attempts. 

Spain lost "gas" as the match went on in the 2º half & England pushed forward more looking for the equalizer. It nearly came but the offsides did not help & a disputed disallowed goal in the 96th min due to a foul on De Gea foiled England´s plans.

The moment of the night was the unintentional knock received by English defender Shaw by Dani Carvajal early in the 2º nd half that saw Shaw being attended 7 mins by the medical team & stretched off with neck brace & respiratory assistance. We believe it was precautionary & wish from here Shaw a speedy recovery.

In conclusion, good match & better start from Spain under new Coach Luis Enrique with his new players. There is still lots of work to do for Spain to better their play & secure the teams focus & concentration in the latter part of the matches where tonight they allowed the opponent to lift themselves & lose the grip of the match. England nearly managed to pull off the equalizer, thanks to their determination but also due to Spain's lack of ability to finish off the game with a third goal. 

Next match for Spain will be another UEFA Nations League Group game against Croatia.

REAL MADRID 2018-2019 SEASON OFFICIAL SHIRT NUMBERS

For the many REAL MADRID fans around the World here is the list of the official shirt numbers for the REAL MADRID 2018-2019 squad.

official shirt numbers for the REAL MADRID 2018-2019 squad

SPAIN FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYERS LIST FOR UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

New Spanish Football Team  National  Selector & Coach LUIS ENRIQUE has handed in his first list of 24 players to make up the Spanish National Team Squad for the upcoming UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE competition with matches against ENGLAND & CROATIA.

As anticipated surprises with a Coach that has new ideas & a different viewpoint on how Spain should play its Football. Below is the full list with has missing up to 12 names from the squad that went to the Russia World Cup 2018 tournament. 


Retired are Pique, Iniesta & David Silvia... while notable players left out are Jordi Alba, Koke, Aspas, Pepe Reina... to mention a few. Below in the list of 24 players the newly called up ( some are new & others return) are in black: 

UEFA Nation League games England & Croatia


FULL LIST OF 24 PLAYERS:

Goalkeepers

De Gea (Manchester United)
Kepa (Chelsea FC)
Pau Lopez (Real Betis)

Defenders
Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
Azpilicueta (Chelsea FC)
Albiol (Napoles)
Diego Llorente (Real Sociedad)
Nacho (Real Madrid)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Iñigo Martinez (Athletic Club Bilbao)
Marcos Alonso (Chelsea CF)
Gaya (Valencia CF)

Midfielders
Sergi Busquets (FC Barcelona)
Sergi Roberto (FC Barcelona)
Rodrigo (Atletico de Madrid)
Saul (Atletico de Madrid)
Thiago (Bayern)
Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid)

Forwards
Isco (Real Madrid)
Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)
Alvaro Morata (Chelsea CF)
Diego Costa (Atletico de Madrid)
Suso (AC Milan)
Rodrigo M. (Valencia CF)

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW | LUKA MODRIC UEFA BEST PLAYER

The European Football season officially kicked off this afternoon with the UEFA Champions League 2018-2019 Group draw & naming of the Best Players for the past UEFA season. As far as Spanish Football Clubs are concerned relatively speaking Atletico de Madrid & Real Madrid were more favoured in the match-ups as compared to FC Barcelona & Valencia CF.

While At Madrid in Group A has a tough nut in Borussia Dortmund & Monaco, as with Real Madrid in Group G with AC Roma, it is nothing like FC Barcelona in Group B with very difficult Tottenham, Inter Milan & PSV, while Valencia CF in Group H has Juventus FC & Manchester United. 


Said this, from the Football Fan point of view, there are some wonderful overall match-ups which will guarantee that Champions League remains the Best Club Competition in the World.

Below are all the Group match-ups, while UEFA Champions League starts the 18th of September


UEFA Champions League Group draw match ups 2018-2019


In the individual prize section REAL MADRID dominated globally, starting with the "UEFA Best Player of the Year 2017-2018" going to Real Madrid midfielder LUKA MODRIC

UEFA BEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018

His Club team-mates also won prizes with the UEFA Best Goalkeeper going to KEYLOR NAVAS

UEFA BEST GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018

UEFA Best Defender going to Real Madrid Captain SERGIO RAMOS

UEFA BEST DEFENDER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018

UEFA Best Midfielder going to Real Madrid & Croatian International LUKA MODRIC.

UEFA BEST MIDFIELDER OF THE YEAR 2017-2018

The big talking point of the ceremony was the absence of CRISTIANO RONALDO which left many baffled & speculating why he did not attend. The ex-Real Madrid ( now Juventus FC ) player was the winner of the UEFA Best Forward Award & he also was voted "Best Goal of Champions" against Juventus F with an overhead kick goal.

Congratulations to all the winners, & glad to see Modric receive a well earned recognition as the Top Player he is putting him on course for perhaps a FIFA Golden Ball Award. Stay tuned! 

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