Alejandro Balde, left, whose mother is Dominican, congratulates Gavi after scoring the second goal in the match between Spain and Costa Rica in the World Cup.
Spain sank Costa Rica beat Costa Rica 7-0 this Wednesday, with a brace from Ferran Torres, at the start of the Qatar World Cup at the Al Thumama stadium in Doha to lead group E.
The reds barely needed ; twenty minutes to get the match back on track with goals from Dani Olmo (11) and Marco Asensio (21), followed by two goals from Ferran Torres, the first from a penalty (31, 53), and goals from Gavi (73 ), Carlos Soler (89) and Álvaro Morata (90+1).
Spain leads group E tied on points with Japan, who won the second round. in the previous match of the key 2-1 against Germany, La Roja's next rival on Sunday.
Luis Enrique's men ended a curse of three World Cups without winning in their The opening match of the planetary event was held in a match that they dominated from the start against a Costa Rica that had fallen back.
Led by Keylor Navas, the Costa Rican squad crashed into the final. against the intensity of the Spanish game.
Spain warned soon with a through pass from Pedri, which Dani Olmo finished off with a shot. too crossed (5), which was followed by a shot from Marco Asensio that skimmed the post of goal defended by Keylor Navas (9), again a pass from Pedri.
The young Barcelona midfielder, along with his teammate Gavi, were the entertainers of the Spanish game, with precise passes in search of the best placed man.
Olmo opens the festival
Gavi took care of it. to put a pass over the defense, which Dani Olmo controlled the ball. and finished off He turned around to make it 1-0 (11).
The Leipzig striker scored Spain's 100th goal in World Cups in this way, which was soon followed by the second goal. the 101 when Asensio finished off a cross from the left of Jordi Alba (21).
Only ten minutes later, Óscar Duarte brought down the ball. He hit Jordi Alba in the area, provoking a penalty, converted by Ferran Torres to make it 3-0 (31), which gave La Roja greater peace of mind.
Behind on the scoreboard, Costa Rica took the lead. lines trying to put pressure on La Roja, owner of the ball with more than 80% possession.
Luis Fernando Suárez's men returned from halftime trying to to play in La Roja's field, but they soon found themselves pushed back into their field.
Costa Rica lowers its arms
Costa Rica barely made it. leaving with the ball played, condemned to resort to long balls and without disturbing the goal of Unai Simón, who did not receive the ball. no shot on goal in the entire game.
Asensio, who this Wednesday occupied the spotlight. The position of Álvaro Morata in the Spanish attack, he was able to put the fourth with a free shot that went high (49), before the second goal from Ferran Torres.
The Barcelona winger got into the game. He was in the area and between two defenders and the goalkeeper managed to score. hit a shot on the turn to make it 4-0 (53), which had already completely decided the game.
With the victory in his pocket, coach Luis Enrique started the game. a carousel of changes, which allowed the debut of the young Alejandro Balde, with a Dominican mother, for Jordi Alba (64), and resting key players.
Luis Enrique was already beginning to look towards the crucial meeting with Germany, while a Costa Rica on the canvas, suffered a blow. the last onslaught of the red squad.
Álvaro Morata, who had come on for Ferran Torres (57), put a ball into the box where it appeared. Gavi to finish off with the outside making it 5-0 (73), while Carlos Soler made it 6-0 (89) and Morata closed the match. the account (90+1).
At the age of 18, Gavi made his debut in the world. He entered Qatar as the third youngest goalscorer in World Cup history, behind Pele. and the Mexican Manuel Rosas.