2022 World Cup: Spain thrash Costa Rica in opener

2022 World Cup: Spain thrash Costa Rica in opener

Gavi introduced himself on the worldwide stage with a superb volley as Spain produced a glowing passing efficiency to outclass Costa Rica and begin their World Cup in sensational model.

Ferran Torres scored twice in what was a stroll from begin to end for the 2010 champions.

But the decide of their seven goals was Gavi’s excellent volleyed end, with the Barcelona teenager utilizing the surface of his foot to steer a dropping ball dwelling by way of the post and grow to be the youngest World Cup goalscorer since Pele.

This has been a match filled with surprises, with Spain’s Group E rivals Germany the most recent victims with their late defeat by Japan earlier on Wednesday, however there was by no means a touch of one other shock occurring right here.

La Roja have been utterly dominant from the beginning, with Costa Rica unable to live with their tempo, motion and precision once they got here forward.

The Euro 2020 semi-finalists went shut twice in the primary 10 minutes, with Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio both firing extensive, however they didn’t have to wait lengthy to take the lead.

Olmo had work to do to when he met Gavi’s delicate chipped move into the area, however he used his energy to maintain off Oscar Duarte then span into area to expertly slot previous the onrushing Keylor Navas.

It was an ominous begin for Costa Rica and issues shortly received worse for the 2014 quarter-finalists, who have been the last staff to qualify for Qatar.

Again Spain superior up the center of the pitch unopposed, before the ball was unfold left to Jordi Alba and his pushed cross was met powerfully by Asensio – though Navas ought to have accomplished much better along with his tried save.

Victory was sealed simply after the half-hour mark, when Torres despatched Navas the flawed manner from the spot after Duarte had hacked at Alba in the field.

But there was extra distress to come for Costa Rica after the break, with Spain nonetheless hungry for goals.

Torres capitalised on extra poor defending to make it 4-0, accumulating a unfastened ball after bursting into the field after which calmly firing dwelling.

Gavi’s very good strike added gloss to an already glittering show, with the 18-year-old discovering a end to match his spectacular efficiency after assembly a cross from substitute Alvaro Morata.

Another substitute, Carlos Soler, made it six after Navas failed to take care of a cross, and Morata rounded off the scoring in injury time after enjoying a one-two with Olmo.

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