Spain claimed their largest ever World Cup win and took pole place in Group E in a cushty 7-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday.
Dani Olmo opened the scoring with a neat flip and end on 11 minutes handy Spain an early lead on the Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar, and Marco Asensio doubled their benefit 10 minutes later with a properly-taken end from a Jordi Alba cross.
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Costa Rice offered little in response, and their process turned tougher on 31 minutes when Alba was introduced down by defender Oscar Duarte within the field, with Ferran Torres changing the following penalty.
Torres added his second on 54 minutes when he took benefit of some sloppy Costa Rica defending earlier than Gavi added one other with an outstanding volley, changing into the youngest World Cup scorer since Pele in 1954. Striker Carlos Soler got here off the bench and netted Spain’s sixth on 90 minutes, whereas fellow substitute Alvaro Morata scored a seventh moments later.
Spain, who final gained the World Cup in 2010, faces Germany on Sunday — a now pivotal recreation for Germany who suffered a shock defeat to Japan earlier on Wednesday.
“We’re blissful. We knew it will be a tough recreation. It’s true that at half-time we already had an enormous lead however in a contest like this the targets could be helpful, so we went for extra,” Torres instructed Spanish TV station TVE.
“Now we’ll take into consideration Germany, watch movies of how they play, and we’re excited to play. I do not know if we’re candidates [to win the World Cup] however we’ve got a unprecedented group, we’ll make issues tough, and we wish to do huge issues.”
Spain had been in management from the primary kick, with Costa Rica dizzy by their early onslaught and unable to search out any rhythm in a recreation the place Pedri, Olmo, and Asensio dazzled.
Spain virtually went forward after 5 minutes, when Pedri’s deep cross from the left discovered Olmo in area, whose shot went huge of the put up.
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 turned 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 goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Spain pressed onerous for a second and acquired it on 21 minutes when Alba’s neat go throughout the field discovered Asensio who fired low previous Navas.
Spain searched eagerly for a 3rd and gained a penalty on 31 minutes when Duarte tripped Alba, with 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 Rican protection that was all at sea.
Torres gave Spain a fourth and himself a brace on 53 minutes, discovering Gavi on the precise, who performed it again into the world for the Barcelona ahead to show and hearth dwelling his second.
Gavi discovered the online himself in 16 minutes from time with a luxurious volley off the put up after a floating cross from Alvaro Morata, then Soler and Morata accomplished the demolition with two targets within the dying minutes.
“All the constructive power the followers can ship us is nice. But tomorrow coaching begins to arrange for the Germany recreation,” Spain boss Luis Enrique instructed TVE. “Praise weakens you and we can’t fall for that. Our concept is to at all times play the identical manner, in fact we can’t win the remainder of the video games scoring so many targets, however we’re a tough opponent, anybody who understands soccer can see that.”
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.