After Germany’s surprise defeat against Japan (2-1) earlier in the day, the Spanish team, led by Luis Enrique, made their debut against Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas. As usual, Spain took control of the ball in the opposing part of the field and tried to find gaps to break through the Costa Rican defense. From the first minutes of the game, Sergio Busquets’ teammates were dangerous thanks to two well-felt passes from Pedri. On the first, the Barcelonan sent a love from the center for Dani Olmo but the Leipzig striker, yet in a very good position, opened his foot too much and his recovery barely missed the opposing goal (5th). A few minutes later, the 19-year-old midfielder slipped a good ball in the middle for Marco Asensio who unleashed a powerful shot without control but his attempt flirted with the post of the Costa Rican goalkeeper (9th).
Finally, Dani Olmo, at the start of the action, opened the scoring in stride. After relying on Gavi in the center, the Barcelona nugget tried to recover from a ladle in the area. The ball was slightly deflected but still landed on the Iberian striker, who then managed perfect pivot control before beating Navas with a close dive while mastering (11th, 1-0), to score the 100th goal of Spain in the World Cup. Unleashed, the Spaniards continued to keep the pressure on the Costa Rican defense and ten minutes later, Jordi Alba crossed for Marco Ansensio whose new first-line strike surprised Keylor Navas (21st, 2-0). Half an hour into the game, Jordi Alba, in a big night, caused the fault of Oscar Duarte in the opposing area (29th). The referee, Mr. Abdulla Mohammed, did not hesitate and pointed to the penalty spot. Ferran Torres was responsible for executing the sentence and increasing the score (31st, 3-0).
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The match was then of great intensity. During the last quarter of an hour of this first period, the Spaniards now managed their lead without rushing when going on the attack. Until then, the game offered by La Roja was close to perfection thanks to technical accuracy, creativity and a sense of teamwork, inherent principles of the Spanish selection. When they returned from the locker room, Luis Enrique’s players returned to the field with the same ambitions. Found in the axis near the surface, Marco Asensio unleashed a powerful shot which passed just above the cage of Keylor Navas (48th). It was only a postponement. Still as involved, Gavi shifted to the right of the surface Ferran Torres. The latter initially stumbled on Francisco Calvo before recovering the leather and once again deceiving Keylor Navas, who went fishing on the spot (54th, 4-0). While managing, Spain then continued to unfold its game and faced Costa Rica.
Too passive offensively and defensively, the Costa Rican selection continued to sink and suffer without succeeding in revolting to revive the interest of this meeting while Spain showed great collective mastery both in defense and in attack. Visibly not satisfied with the extent of the score, the Spaniards pressed the accelerator to achieve the Manita. Upon receiving a center from Alvaro Morata, Gavi triggered a good recovery which touched the post before finishing in the back of the net (75th, 5-0). The Barcelonan thus became the youngest scorer of the World Cup since Pelé in the final of the 1958 edition against Sweden (5-2). Visibly not satisfied, the players of La Roja scored two additional goals at the very end of the game. On an acceleration and a cross from Nico Williams, Keylor Navas pushed back in the axis on Carlos Soler who did not need to be asked and shot the Costa Rican goalkeeper (90th, 6-0) then Alvaro Morata took advantage of a pass from Dani Olmo to take part in the celebration and score the 7th and last goal of the match (90th + 3, 7-0). A clear and flawless victory for Spain who will face Germany next Sunday.
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