Luis Enrique surprised by lining up Rodri as a center back and Marco Asensio as a striker. Neither Eric García nor Morata were in the eleven. For his part, Luis Fernando Suárez was brave in putting up a defensive line with four men instead of the expected five. This allowed Spain to play balls behind the backs of the full-backs and thus came the first chance of the game. [Narración y estadísticas: España 7-0 Costa Rica]
In minute 5, a precise pass from Pedri was finished off by Dani Olmo and the ball went very close to Keylor Navas’s goal post. Spain became the owner of the ball with Pedri and Gavi roaming freely on the pitch of the Al Thumama Stadium. Another good ball from the former was taken advantage of by Asensio to take a cross and low shot that almost ended up inside the goal of Keylor Navas.
Spain warned twice and the third time they got the long-awaited goal. An inside pass from Gavi touched the Costa Rican defense and Dani Olmo dressed as Bergkamp to make wonderful control at the turn and beat the PSG goalkeeper with a soft touch. 1-0 in the 11th minute so that Luis Enrique’s plan was fulfilled point by point.
Dani Olmo achieved a historic goal, since this first of the win for Spain was the 100th goal for the National Team in the World Cups. The RB Leipzig player thus signed one of the golden pages of national football. The previous goal, 99, was Ignashevich’s own goal in the round of 16 in Russia 2018.
Costa Rica was a toy in the hands of a Spain that locked up the tricolor team in its area, dressed completely in white for the total red of ‘Lucho’ after the Asturian’s decision. In a long collective play and in which the Spaniards played and played, it was 2-0.
In the 21st minute, the ball reaches Jordi Alba and he puts a strong cross into the area and Marco Asensio hooks it first to score a great goal. Keylor Navas got to touch the ball, but the Tico captain noted the inactivity of the last few months at PSG in the shadow of Donnarumma.
Spain’s display was total with a rejuvenated Jordi Alba on the left flank and making his best game in recent years. The winger also caused the penalty that would originate the third goal for the National Team. Óscar Duarte, completely overwhelmed, brings down the Barcelona player inside the area. Ferran Torres was in charge of launching the maximum penalty so that the 3-0 was a reality in just half an hour of play.
In the last quarter of an hour of the first half, Spain kept playing and Costa Rica suffered, only had 15% possession. The National Team eased off the accelerator and did not risk the slightest, but the Ticos were shadows that ran after the ball. In fact, Luis Fernando Suárez’s team did not shoot either on goal or outside. Not a single approach to the area of Unai Simón who was another spectator of Al Thumama.
After the break, the script did not change one iota and a ball from the area helped Ferran Torres make it 4-0 at the turn after fighting for the ball with the Costa Rican defense. Keylor Navas was transparent and in this action he showed why he is far from being the goalkeeper he was at Real Madrid.
With the carousel of changes, Balde debuted with the Spain shirt. A few days ago he was with the Sub21 and José Gayà’s injury opened the doors of the World Cup to the Barcelona side. The rhythm of the match gradually dropped due to the hardness of the score, but the National Team was not satisfied either.
Gavi became, at the age of 18, the youngest scorer in the history of Spain in the World Cups with a work of art. The midfielder hooked on a ball from Morata to make it 5-0 with a beautiful volley. The Barça footballer hits it with the outside, with three fingers, and places it next to the post. Great goal and the Selection that seemed to close the circle with the ‘little hand’ to Costa Rica.
However, Spain wanted more until the last minute of discount and that hunger led them to get two more goals to sign their biggest win in the history of the World Cups and thus overcome the 6-1 that they achieved against Bulgaria in France 1998. The sixth It was from Carlos Soler after taking advantage of a dead ball that Keylor Navas had left inside the area.
The seventh, and last, was the work of ‘7’. Álvaro Morata defined luxury with his left foot by the goalkeeper’s stick. This was the finishing touch for a historic match for Spain and to the despair of a Costa Rica that experienced its worst night in Qatar.
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