Spain did not miss its entry into the World Cup football. The Spaniards played a defenseless Costa Rica 90 minutes (and the obligatory endless extra time) from pillar to post.
Spain – Costa Rica in a nutshell:
- Key moment: Costa Rica is outplayed by Spain from kick-off and after half an hour the books are already open for the Central American country. Duarte illustrates the impotence with a penalty violation and Ferran Torres takes care of the 3-0 from the spot.
- Man of the match: Barely 18 years and 110 days old, Gavi is the youngest player ever to play for Spain at a major tournament. The talent of Barcelona provided the moment of the match with his magnificent goal. He is the youngest player since Pelé in 1958 to hit a World Cup goal.
- Remarkable: Dani Olmo created a special moment in Spanish football history with his opening goal. He scored Spain’s 100th World Cup goal. Spain is the sixth country to reach this milestone after Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Italy and France.
Spain gets the job done in half an hour
A game of cat and mouse, that was the duel between Spain and Costa Rica. With the whirling Pedri as the conductor, La Roja immediately took command against the weak brother in the group of death. Olmo and Asensio came close to 1-0 in the opening minutes, Costa Rica was then released with a fright.
The inevitable happened after more than 10 minutes. On a pass from Gavi, Olmo cleverly took the ball into the turn and face to face with Navas, he scored the opening goal over the goalkeeper. Ten minutes later it was already 2-0. Asensio got too much space in the sixteen and hit a tight cross from Jordi Alba in one time.
Spain gave a masterclass in possession, Costa Rica ran after an elusive ball and made too many mistakes at the back. It also went too fast for Duarte, he knocked down Jordi Alba in the box and Ferran Torres converted the penalty laconically: 3-0 after half an hour.
Splendid goal Gavi highlight in goal festival
Spain then took its foot off the accelerator. Calm mastery, without creating much target danger. It didn’t take much to score again after 10 minutes in the second half. Ferran Torres choked on his dribble in the box, but was still able to make his second of the evening all too easily: 4-0.
Fifteen minutes before the end, the barely 18-year-old Gavi placed a beautiful organ point. Morata provided the nice cross and Gavi painted the ball in one time, outside the right, in goal. So much beauty, so much talent. Also at Costa Rica they could only look on in admiration.
But even forfeits were not enough for the 2010 world champion. Navas just put his hand against a Williams cross, but Soler could easily score in the rebound. Morata also scored his goal and completed the humiliation for Costa Rica with the 7-0.
View the goals:
Olmo: “Costa Rica wasn’t bad, we were just that good”
- Dani Olmo (Spain): “I don’t think it was Costa Rica that was bad, but our team that was strong. This kind of victory has been coming for a while. It is on this road that we have to continue. This was definitely a boost for our confidence.”
- Kendall Waston (Costa Rica): “Losing 7-0 at a World Cup, nobody wants to experience that. They had the ball for a whole match, we didn’t at all. We just couldn’t attack. They were amazing, we weren’t. Now we have to fight back in the remaining two matches.”