La Roja gave a masterclass with a Gavi who became the third youngest player to score in a World Cup.
With a spectacular Gavi , who gave two assists and scored a historic goal, Spain debuted with a win in the Qatar 2022 World Cup after humiliating Costa Rica 7-0 to give them the worst defeat in their history and take advantage of Germany’s surprise defeat against Japan and take the lead of Group E.
Luis Enrique ‘s team gave a masterclass on the field of the Al Thurama Stadium and also thrashed Luis Fernando Suárez ‘s Ticos in possession of the ball at the end of the game with more than 80 percent.
Keylor Navas , PSG star, had a lot of work, but this time he was not decisive in the frame as he was in other World Cups such as Brazil 2014, where Costa Rica reached the Quarterfinals.
At minute 11, La Roja opened the scoring with a pass from Gavi that sliced through the Costa Rican defense to assist Dani Olmo , who spectacularly lowered the ball to turn around inside the area and chip the ball to Keylor, who was already coming out to shorten his goal. .
10 minutes passed and the Spanish team increased the advantage with a diagonal down the left wing by Jordi Alba that Marco Asensio caught on first , who played false 9, to beat Keylor who could have done a little more to avoid the goal.
Ferrán Torres shone with a brace. The first was due to a penalty from Óscar Duarte against Jordi Alba at minute 31 and the second at minute 54 at Gavi ‘s service from the right that Ferrán finished off, the Costa Rican defense cut, but the Barcelona footballer held on to recover the round, take stock return with the mark above and take a left-footed shot for the fourth goal.
Alejandro Balde , who replaced the injured José Luis Gayá , made his debut with Spain’s senior team in the World Cup at the age of 19, coming on as a substitute for Alba at minute 64. While Nico Williams
Gavi scored the fifth for Spain with a magical goal at 74′. The Barcelona midfielder turned on three fingers and volleyed a cross from Álvaro Morata hit the right post that left Keylor Navas standing to become the third youngest player in the history of the World Cups.
With 18 years and 110 days, Gavi surpassed the mark of the Englishman Michael Owen (18a, 190d) to be only behind the Mexican Manuel Rosas (18a, 93d) and the Brazilian Pelé (17a, 239d), according to data from Oscar Guevara , from TUDN .
Costa Rica ended up being humiliated when La Roja’s sixth fell after a diagonal shot by Nico Williams that Navas cut off, but Carlos Soler appeared on the rebound to finish off at 90′. And in compensation, Morata made it 7-0 after a wall with Olmo that he defined with a left-footed shot.
Costa Rica registered the worst defeat in its history, equaling the 7-0 suffered against Mexico in a friendly match in 1975.
Spain will face Germany on November 27 , which needs to win to aspire to the Round of 16, and will close the Group Phase on December 1 against Japan .