Spain stepped onto the pitch at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar on Wednesday night and proceeded to devastate the hopeful, Thirty first-ranked Costa Rican squad in a 7-0 thumping.
Midfielder Dani Olmo opened the scoring within the twelfth minute and the strain continued unabated till Alvaro Morata scored their facet’s seventh unanswered purpose within the 92nd minute.
Gavi, Spain’s youngest participant at simply over 18, grew to become the youngest participant to attain a purpose within the World Cup since Brazilian legend Pele’s purpose within the 1958 closing.
The Spanish workforce is a mixture of promising younger gamers, equivalent to Gavi and 19-year-old Pedri, together with a collection of season veterans.
All through the match, the Spanish facet exhibited near-total management of the ball, with 80 % of total possession as Costa Rica struggled to maintain tempo by way of the remainder of the match. Within the face of Spain’s regular onslaught, Costa Rica didn’t even handle a single shot on purpose.