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Barcelona’s Gavi breaks World Cup record as youngest starter in knockout stages

Barcelona Midfielder, Gavi broke World Cup as he became the youngest player since Pele to start in a World Cup knockout game when he takes to the field for Spain against Morocco.

Luis Enrique’s team go head to head with Morocco at Education City in a last-16 tie on Tuesday.

Barcelona midfielder Gavi started all three of Spain’s Group E matches and that trend continued as he was named in Luis Enrique’s starting XI.

At the age of 18 years and 123 days, he will be the youngest player to feature from the start of a World Cup knockout match since Brazil great Pele (aged 17 years and 249 days) in the 1958 final.

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Pele scored twice in that match as Brazil beat Sweden 5-2 to win the first of five world titles.

The Brazilian legend, who sent his compatriots a good luck message(opens in new tab) this week while he receives medical treatment in hospital(opens in new tab), set the standard for any aspiring youngsters.

Gavi is as close as anyone has come to matching Pele’s records, as he also became the youngest World Cup goalscorer since Pele in 1958 when he scored in Spain’s 7-0 win over Costa Rica.

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