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Starting XI: Spain vs Croatia

Luis Enrique's Spain host 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists Croatia in their second match of their UEFA Nations League campaign on Tuesday evening – here is how the two teams will line up!

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UEFA Nations League

Teams: Spain vs Croatia  

Date: 11 September 2018

Venue: Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero

Time: 20:45

Following Spain's impressive performance in their 2-1 win over England at the weekend, Enrique will be confident his side can continue in the same fashion against Croatia.

However, the away side go into the clash ranked fourth in the FIFA standings that were released in August, after their terrific showing at the 2018 World Cup.

La Furia Roja are currently ninth in the standings, and will have to keep improving if they are to make a considerable jump up.

Croatia's usual centre-back pairing of Dejan Lovren and Domagoj Vida are both likely to miss the clash against Spain through injury, while they will also be without striker Mario Mandzukic, who retired from international football after the World Cup.

The last time the two nations met was at the 2016 European Championships, when the Croats beat the Spaniards 2-1 in a thrilling Group D encounter.

Croatia captain Luka Modric will be going up against a number of his Real Madrid colleagues in Marcos Asensio, Sergio Ramos, Isco and Nacho Fernandez, who will be wary of the threat he poses.

Spain's most recent win against Croatia was in 2012, but with Enrique's team playing slick and fast-paced football, the home side will not be easily brushed aside.

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Here is how the teams will start the match:

Spain: De Gea; Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Gaya; Ceballos, Busquets, Saul; Asensio, Rodrigo, Isco.

Croatia: Lovre Kalinic; Vrsaljko, Matej Mitrovic, Vida, Pivaric; Rakitic, Brozovic, Kovacic; Modric, Perisic, Santini.

Do you think Croatia will trouble the Spaniards tonight? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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