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FIFA World Cup 2022: Biggest ever win in history

by Rishika Choudhury

Date & Time: Nov 24, 2022 11:57 AM

Read Time: 2 minute

Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their Group E opener on November 23, kicking off their bid to win a second World Cup. Luis Enrique's fancied side shone at Doha's Al Thumama Stadium, dominating possession and taking their chances mercilessly, avoiding the fate of giants Argentina and group rivals Germany, who lost 2-1 to Japan earlier on. Ferran Torres scored twice, and Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Carlos Soler, and Alvaro Morata also scored for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists.

Overview of the match

Asensio started at false nine, flanked by Olmo and Torres, with Morata and Ansu Fati on the bench.

The coach chose to play Manchester City midfielder Rodri Hernandez in central defence alongside teammate Aymeric Laporte, correctly anticipating that his team would dominate possession.

La Roja scored after only 11 minutes, when Gavi stabbed a pass forward for Olmo to receive in the area, and the RB Leipzig winger took one sublime touch to turn and another to stroke the ball gently past Keylor Navas.

Costa Rica, a surprise package at the 2014 World Cup, were sliced apart for the second goal 10 minutes later after beating Italy and Uruguay and drawing with England to top their group.

Real Madrid forward Asensio rammed home Jordi Alba's low drilled cross past his former teammate Navas, who could have done more to keep it out.

Torres scored from the penalty spot after Alba was fouled by Oscar Duarte – a soft call on a difficult night for Los Ticos, who were never in the game and failed to register a single shot on goal.

Barcelona striker Torres took advantage of a weak defense early in the second half to pass Navas and shoot for fourth.

Luis Enrique stripped off a frenetic Pedri and Torres before the hour mark in preparation for Sunday's game against Germany, marking the debut of Barcelona's youthful left-back Alejandro Barde.

The 19-year-old stormed the field before his fifth goal for Spain when substitute Morata scored with a spectacular header to Gabi's cross.

Third youngest goalscorer at the World Cup

Gabi, winner of his Copa trophy, became his third youngest goalscorer at the World Cup at 18 years and his 110 days, behind Mexico's Manuel Rosas and record holder Pele.

Soler and Morata then stepped in with a stoppage-time strike, creating even more critical conditions for Costa Rica and helping Spain come out strong in a perfect opener in Qatar.

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