La Roja register record win by beating Costa Rica in their first game of the 2022 World Cup.
World Cup 2022 Highlights – Spain 7-0 Costa Rica as La Roja set a record win over the South American representative.
After England thrashed Iran by 6-2, this is the second game with more than six goals scored in the 2022 World Cup so far.
Costa Rica were poor and become only the second side since records began in 1966 to fail to register a shot — the other instance being Costa Rica against Brazil in 1990.
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Luis Enrique’s side showed their ambition at the very first start of the game by holding firm possessions.
And it did not take long as Dani Olmo gave Spain the lead at the 11th minute. That was La Roja’s 100th World Cup goal.
Olmo controlled a deflected Gavi pass and lifted the ball over Keylor Navas for La Roja’s earliest World Cup goal since 2002.
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Another two followed inside the opening 31 minutes through Marco Asensio’s strike and a Ferran Torres penalty.
Spain’s full-back Jordi Alba being felled by a clumsy Oscar Duarte challenge in the box for Torres to put Spain out of reach with his casual spot-kick, which he successfully converted.
The Barcelona’s striker doubled his tally early in the second half and Gavi then steered in a delightful volley, before substitutes Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata added two more late on in Spain’s record win at the tournament.
2022 Golden Boy winner Gavi marked his name in the elite stage by becoming Spain’s youngest player at a major tournament with a goal.
Costa Rica struggled to get a foot on the ball and were two goals down with less than a quarter of the game played as Asensio swept home Jordi Alba’s left-sided cross.
The record set by Spain and Costa Rica
Spain’s victory is the biggest World Cup win since Portugal beat North Korea by the same scoreline in 2010.
They scored seven goals in a World Cup match for the first time, with this the 2010 winners’ biggest ever win in the competition.
The Barcelona forward Ferran Torres is the third player to score twice on his World Cup debut for Spain after David Villa (vs Ukraine in 2006) and Jose Iraragorri (vs Brazil in 1934).
Both sides named their youngest ever players in a World Cup match — Gavi (18 years, 110 days) for Spain and Jewison Bennette (18y, 161d) for Costa Rica.
Gavi became the youngest scorer in a World Cup match since Pele (17y, 249d) in the 1958 final.