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2022 FIFA World Cup: Gavi shines as Ruthless Spain humiliate Costa Rica 7-0 in opening match

Gavi announced himself to the world as Ruthless Spain humiliated Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening match in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.

Ferran Torres scored twice in what was a stroll from start to finish for the 2010 champions but the pick of their seven goals was Gavi’s outstanding volleyed finish, with the Barcelona teenager using the outside of his foot to steer a dropping ball home via the post.

This has been a tournament full of surprises, with Spain’s Group E rivals Germany the latest victims with their late defeat by Japan earlier on Wednesday, but there was never a hint of another shock happening here.

La Roja were completely dominant from the start, with Costa Rica unable to live with their pace, movement and precision when they came forward.

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The goals came from Dani Olmo (11 mins), Marco Asensio (21 mins), Ferran Torres (31 and 54 mins), Gavi (74 mins), Carlos Soler (90 mins) and Alvaro Morata (92 mins).

Spain have scored seven goals in a World Cup match for the first time, with this set to be their biggest ever victory in the competition.

That was the last box ticked for Spain manager Luis Enrique and that was the biggest celebration by goalscorer Alvaro Morata. He was thrilled.

Costa Rica will know they have plenty of time to regroup and come again. They take on Japan on Sunday and there’s only seven places separating the two sides in the world rankings.

A win against Japan, who beat Germany earlier today, would keep them in contention for the last 16.

The best thing to do is never think about this game ever again. They have been completely outclassed from first minute to now.

Watch the highlight of the match below;

So, so simple but again, the quality is there. Damage for Costa Rica has been caused on the right-hand side, the game has been stretched wide.

Nico Williams takes his man on and Navas has to step in, has to do something but Álvaro Morata is there waiting and all he can do is put out an outstretched arm and all he can do is lay it on a plate for Carlos Soler.

“Costa Rica made more incomplete passes than Spain (67-62),” writes Tracy Mohr, “despite attempting about 20 per cent as many. That FIFA stat counter is indeed addictive.”

If Japan beat Costa Rica on Sunday, and football’s smartest brains consider this a possibility, Germany will be out unless they get at least a point against Spain on Sunday night.

Realistically Germany need a win, and if that happens Spain will be in serious danger. Which is a strange thing to write when they have just won 7-0.

“Spain have just passed a team to death, but I’m fairly sure the ITV commentary team didn’t mention tiki-taka even once,” says Pádraig McAuliffe. “Let’s see if someone can commentate on Brazil tomorrow without mentioning samba.”

Clive Tyldesley and Lee Dixon may be above cliches, but the Guardian MBM most certainly is not.

That’s an adequate statement of intent from Spain,  their biggest victory at a World Cup. it was the kind of thrashing that only Spain can dispense. Costa Rica were tiki-takad to death, with Spain racking up an eye-watering 994 completed passes to Costa Rica’s 166.

The goals came from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Ferran Torres (2), Gavi (who became the third youngest goalscorer in World Cup history), Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata. It’s hard to know what it tells us about Spain, because Costa Rica were so compliant, but, well, they won 7-0.

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