Former champions Spain acquired their World Cup off to a pulsating begin on Wednesday by a document 7-0 win over a shell-shocked Costa Rica, with an early Dani Olmo strike taking his nation previous the 100 purpose mark in soccer’s showpiece occasion.
The European giants sought to make their mark in Group E with an unrelenting pursuit of targets towards a Costa Rican aspect that posed no menace, taking the factors with ease due to Olmo, Gavi, Marco Asensio, Carlos Soler, Alvaro Morata and a brace from Ferran Torres.
Spain had been in management from the primary kick, with Costa Rica dizzied by their early onslaught on the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha and unable to seek out any rhythm in a recreation the place Pedri, Olmo, and Asensio dazzled.
Spain nearly went forward after 5 minutes, when Pedri’s deep cross from the left discovered Olmo in house, whose shot went huge of the publish.
Asensio squandered a transparent likelihood moments later, connecting awkwardly with the ball and sending it huge after being picked out by the pivotal Pedri, who had a task in seemingly each Spain assault.
They went forward 11 minutes into the sport when Gavi, who grew to become Spain’s youngest ever World Cup participant on the age of 18, put the ball into the trail of Olmo, who turned and deftly lifted it over the advancing keeper Keylor Navas.
Spain pressed arduous for a second and acquired it on 21 minutes when Jordi Alba’s neat go throughout the field discovered Asensio who fired low previous Navas.
Spain searched eagerly for a 3rd and received a penalty on 31 minutes when Oscar Duarte tripped Alba, with Ferran Torres coolly stroking the ball down the center previous the helpless Navas.
Spain returned from the break hungry for extra, with Asensio firing over the bar as Olmo’s harmful runs examined a Costa Rica defence that was all at sea.
Torres gave Spain a fourth and himself a brace on 53 minutes, discovering Gavi on the correct, who performed it again into the realm for the Barcelona ahead to show and hearth residence his second.
Gavi discovered the online himself within the 16 minutes from time with a luxurious volley in off the publish after from a floating cross from Alvaro Morata, then Carlos Soler and Morata accomplished the demolition with two targets within the dying minutes.