DOHA-Former Spanish Champion World Cup got off to a vibrant start with a record 7-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday with a Ferran Torres brace and a lavish Gavi strike that took them past the 100-goal mark in the event. football symbol.
The European giants put their stamp on Group E stunned JapanIt was a 2-1 win over Germany, in which Spain attacked relentlessly against a stubborn Costa Rican side who gave Luis Enrique’s side the time and space to create all the opportunities. to another opportunity.
It was a record night at Doha’s iconic Al Thumama stadium for a Spanish team that had struggled in World Cups since winning the title in 2010, with Barcelona’s 18-year-old Gavi becoming the country’s youngest player World Cup and the youngest player to score since the great Brazilian Pele in 1958.
While Costa Rica’s clumsy defense could have pleased Spain, La Furia Roja attacked seamlessly, with Pedri at the center of every move in a game that saw Dani Olmo, Gavi, Marco Asensio and Torres are both brilliant.
They scored when Spain joined the 100’s club World Cup The goals, and late strikes from Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata sealed their biggest winning streak in a single game. World Cup Final match.
“I don’t think Costa Rica played badly, I think the victory was our merit. We deserved to win, to take the game against them,” Olmo said.
“Our team is very strong and that is the path we need to follow. It’s certainly a motivational boost.
Spain were in control from the first kick, while Costa Rica were stunned by their early attack and could not find any rhythm.
Spain could have twice taken the lead thanks to opportunities from Olmo and Asensio, with the assist being Pedri.
They took the lead in the 11th minute when man-of-the-match Gavi put the ball on Olmo’s cross, who turned and deftly tipped the ball past the advancing keeper Keylor Navas.
Spain got their second goal in the 21st minute when Jordi Alba’s neat cross in the box found Asensio, who hit the back of Navas’ net.
Spain were awarded a penalty about half an hour after Alba was fouled, with Torres running all the way towards position before stopping to coolly stroke the ball down the middle.
Costa Rica returned from a break at sea and failed to score a single goal in the game.
Torres opened the scoring for Spain in the 4th minute and in the 53rd minute, found Gavi on the right, who passed it back to his Barcelona team-mates to turn around and score the home side’s second.
Gavi netted himself in the net in the 16th minute with a superb volley with his outside foot that sent the ball wide of the post before Soler and Morata completed the destruction with dying minutes.
Gavi said he is delighted to become Spain’s youngest player World Cup player and scored a goal at the same age as Pele.
“I don’t know, I’m really proud of that, being on that list, I’m really happy,” he said. “We all had a great game today.”
Costa Rica, the last team to reach World Cup through an intercontinental play-off, it may be difficult to win any points in their last two games against Japan and Germany.
Defender Kendall Watson said the team will need to unite and fight back.
“We feel hurt and embarrassed, that’s the outcome no one wants to go through, to lose 7-0 in a game. World Cup” he say.
His coach, Luis Fernando Suarez, said his team was overtaken by a far superior team.
“They kept the ball throughout the game. We did the exact opposite, we didn’t control the ball, we didn’t really attack,” he said. “They played a great game and we didn’t.”
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