Marco Asensio scored once and set up four more in Luis Enrique's second match in charge, as the World Cup finalists were run ragged in Elche.
After not featuring at all during the World Cup in Russian Federation, the midfielder shone against England and scored Spain's equalising goal at Wembley, and now he has added to that by following it up with another goal against Croatia. Croatia and England are both pointless after one game.
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The 2018 World Cup runners-up continued to pile the pressure on Spain inside the first quarter of an hour, but were yet to get clear goal scoring opportunities.
More importantly, they are off to a winning start under Luis Enrique, with their performances in Elche and against England at Wembley a stark reminder of the quality they possess, which seemed to go missing in their tempestuous World Cup campaign.
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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.
Rodrigo Moreno completed a fine team move after the interval before captain Sergio Ramos headed the fifth while a strike from Isco saw Spain become the first team to score six against Croatia as they charged top of League A, Group 4 on six points.
The centre-back was consistently excellent in Russian Federation but was given a torrid time here.
Croatia meet the Three Lions in a repeat of the World Cup semi-final on October 12 in Rijeka.