Qatar 2022: Spain Wallop Costa Rica 7-0 In Opening Game

Spain began their campaign at the World Cup today with a 7-0 thumping of Costa Rica.

The win is Spain’s biggest winning margin at a World Cup.  Two goals by Ferran Torres and strikes by five other players senT a resounding message to the rest of the teams in Qatar.

The shocking defeats of Germany and Argentina sent a message to Spain. They tormented Costa Rica from the start, going 3-0 up after little more than 30 minutes. Dani Olmo got the goals flowing in the 11th minute when he exchanged passes with Gavi and chipped Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Ten minutes later, Marco Asensio timed a run into the box perfectly to connect powerfully with a Jordi Alba cross.

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Torres stroked home his penalty in the 31st minute and the Barcelona winger claimed his second in the 54th when he took advantage of hesitant defending. Gavi, the youngest player to represent Spain at a World Cup, struck with a perfectly hit volley in the 74th minute before substitutes Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata rounded off a totally one-sided encounter.