Spain launched their bid to carry a second World Cup in spectacular type on Wednesday by shredding Costa Rica 7-0 in a brutal show which is able to function a warning to their rivals.
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Avoiding the destiny of each giants Argentina and Group E rivals Germany, who misplaced 2-1 to Japan earlier on, Luis Enrique’s fancied aspect sparkled at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium, dominating possession and taking their possibilities mercilessly.
Ferran Torres netted twice and Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata had been additionally on the scoresheet for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists in an emphatic romp.
Regardless of incomes Spain’s largest ever World Cup win, Luis Enrique mentioned his workforce may nonetheless enhance.
“Our goal is to repeatedly dominate the play, and for that it’s important to have the ball,” Luis Enrique informed TVE.
“Your opponent will get drained and may’t get into it, our urgent was distinctive and the 16 gamers we used had been excellent — though we nonetheless have room to enhance.”
Prior to now the 2010 World Cup winners have paid the worth for profligacy however all three forwards Luis Enrique chosen netted within the first half to pay again his belief in them.
The coach positioned Asensio at false 9, flanked by Olmo and Torres, beginning with Morata and Ansu Fati on the bench.
The coach opted to deploy Manchester Metropolis midfielder Rodri Hernandez in central defence, alongside membership team-mate Aymeric Laporte, accurately anticipating his workforce would monopolise the ball.
“Spain was significantly better than us, that’s apparent, they saved possession all through the match,” mentioned Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez.
“They performed within the last third for a lot of the sport and we did the precise reverse. We didn’t assault, we didn’t preserve possession and once we had it we didn’t defend it.
“Spain performed an incredible sport. We didn’t.”
– No mercy –
It took solely 11 minutes for La Roja to open the scoring, with Gavi feeding Olmo, with the RB Leipzig winger taking one elegant contact to show and one other to stroke the ball gently previous Keylor Navas.
Olmo’s strike was Spain’s a centesimal World Cup purpose, with La Roja turning into the sixth workforce to hit that milestone.
Costa Rica, who had been a shock package deal on the 2014 World Cup, beating Italy and Uruguay and drawing with England to prime their group, had been rapidly sliced aside once more.
Jordi Alba’s low drilled cross was rammed residence by Actual Madrid ahead Asensio previous his former team-mate Navas, who may need achieved extra to maintain it out.
Torres stroked residence from the penalty spot after Alba was fouled by Oscar Duarte –- a gentle name on a tough night time for Los Ticos, who had been by no means within the sport and did not muster a shot at purpose.
Barcelona ahead Torres capitalised on extra slack defending to fireside the fourth previous Navas early within the second half.
Luis Enrique was capable of take off the bubbling Pedri and Torres earlier than the hour mark, and handed teenage Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde his debut.
The 19-year-old roared up the pitch within the build-up to Spain’s fifth purpose, with substitute Morata crossing for Gavi to drill residence with aplomb.
Kopa Trophy winner Gavi turned the third youngest goalscorer at a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days previous, after Mexico’s Manuel Rosas and report holder Pele.
Soler and Morata then received in on the act with stoppage-time strikes to pile additional distress on Costa Rica and assist Spain flex their muscle groups in an ideal opening match in Qatar.