World Cup 2022: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica: Teenager Gavi scores excellent volley in emphatic win

World Cup 2022: Spain 7-0 Costa Rica: Teenager Gavi scores excellent volley in emphatic win

Gavi introduced himself on the worldwide stage with an excellent volley as Spain produced a glowing passing efficiency to outclass Costa Rica and begin their World Cup in sensational model.

Ferran Torres scored twice in what was a stroll from begin to end for the 2010 champions.

However the choose of their seven targets was Gavi’s excellent volleyed end, with the Barcelona teenager utilizing the skin of his foot to steer a dropping ball residence by way of the publish and turn into the youngest World Cup goalscorer since Pele.

This has been a match filled with surprises, with Spain’s Group E rivals Germany the newest victims with their late defeat by Japan earlier on Wednesday, however there was by no means a touch of one other shock taking place right here.

La Roja had been utterly dominant from the beginning, with Costa Rica unable to reside with their tempo, motion and precision once they got here ahead.

The Euro 2020 semi-finalists went shut twice within the first 10 minutes, with Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio each firing huge, however they didn’t have to attend lengthy to take the lead.

Olmo had work to do to when he met Gavi’s delicate chipped move into the world, however he used his power to carry off Oscar Duarte then span into house to expertly slot previous the onrushing Keylor Navas.

It was an ominous begin for Costa Rica and issues shortly acquired worse for the 2014 quarter-finalists, who had been the final crew to qualify for Qatar.

Once more Spain superior up the center of the pitch unopposed, earlier than the ball was unfold left to Jordi Alba and his pushed cross was met powerfully by Asensio – though Navas ought to have carried out much better together with his tried save.

Victory was sealed simply after the half-hour mark, when Torres despatched Navas the improper method from the spot after Duarte had hacked at Alba within the field.

However there was extra distress to return for Costa Rica after the break, with Spain nonetheless hungry for targets.

Torres capitalised on extra poor defending to make it 4-0, gathering a unfastened ball after bursting into the field after which calmly firing residence.

Gavi’s excellent strike added gloss to an already glittering show, with the 18-year-old discovering a end to match his spectacular efficiency after assembly a cross from substitute Alvaro Morata.

One other substitute, Carlos Soler, made it six after Navas did not cope with a cross, and Morata rounded off the scoring in damage time after enjoying a one-two with Olmo.

Spain’s kids produce dazzling show

At 18 years and 110 days, Gavi is the youngest man to play for Spain at a World Cup and his purpose made him the youngest goalscorer at a finals since Brazilian Pele in 1958.

The best way he took it was worthy of the legend talked about in that statistic, and capped a show which was mature past his years.

He was not the one younger Spanish participant to dazzle both, with 19-year-old Pedri additionally having fun with an impressive night in midfield.

Costa Rica had been vastly disappointing but additionally barely had a kick, managing solely 231 passes to 1,043 from Spain, whereas failing to register a single effort at purpose.

Spain had misplaced their opening matches on the previous three World Cups, together with in 2010 once they went on to win the match.

This time, they may not have made a extra emphatic begin, and can be in assured temper once they face Germany of their subsequent sport, realizing one other win would all however eradicate their nice European rivals.

Participant of the match

F TorresFerran Torres


  1. Squad quantity11Participant titleF Torres

  2. Squad quantity9Participant titleGavi

  3. Squad quantity26Participant titlePedri

  4. Squad quantity21Participant titleOlmo

  5. Squad quantity24Participant titleLaporte

  6. Squad quantity19Participant titleSoler

  7. Squad quantity12Participant titleNico Williams

  8. Squad quantity18Participant titleAlba

  9. Squad quantity10Participant titleAsensio

  10. Squad quantity16Participant titleRodri

  11. Squad quantity7Participant titleMorata

  12. Squad quantity8Participant titleKoke

  13. Squad quantity5Participant titleBusquets

  14. Squad quantity2Participant titleAzpilicueta

  15. Squad quantity14Participant titleBalde

  16. Squad quantity23Participant titleSimón

Costa Rica

  1. Squad quantity9Participant titleBennette

  2. Squad quantity1Participant titleNavas

  3. Squad quantity12Participant titleCampbell

  4. Squad quantity20Participant titleAguilera

  5. Squad quantity10Participant titleRuiz

  6. Squad quantity8Participant titleOviedo

  7. Squad quantity16Participant titleMartínez

  8. Squad quantity5Participant titleBorges

  9. Squad quantity15Participant titleCalvo

  10. Squad quantity4Participant titleFuller

  11. Squad quantity6Participant titleDuarte

  12. Squad quantity19Participant titleWaston

  13. Squad quantity17Participant titleTejeda

  14. Squad quantity26Participant titleZamora

  15. Squad quantity22Participant titleMatarrita

  16. Squad quantity7Participant titleContreras



Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Simón
  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 16Rodri
  • 24Laporte
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forBaldeat 64′minutes
  • 9Gavi
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forKokeat 64′minutes
  • 26PedriSubstituted forSolerat 57′minutes
  • 11F TorresSubstituted forMorataat 57′minutes
  • 10AsensioSubstituted forWilliams Arthuerat 69′minutes
  • 21Olmo


  • 1Sánchez
  • 3García
  • 4P Torres
  • 6Llorente
  • 7Morata
  • 8Koke
  • 12Williams Arthuer
  • 13Raya
  • 14Balde
  • 15Guillamón
  • 17Pino
  • 19Soler
  • 20Carvajal
  • 22Sarabia
  • 25Ansu Fati

Costa Rica

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Navas
  • 16MartínezSubstituted forWastonat 45′minutes
  • 6Duarte
  • 15CalvoBooked at 68mins
  • 8OviedoSubstituted forMatarritaat 82′minutes
  • 4Fuller
  • 5BorgesSubstituted forAguileraat 72′minutes
  • 17Tejeda
  • 9BennetteSubstituted forRuizat 61′minutes
  • 12CampbellBooked at 90mins
  • 7ContrerasSubstituted forZamoraat 61′minutes


  • 2Chacón
  • 3Vargas
  • 10Ruiz
  • 11Venegas
  • 13Torres
  • 14Salas
  • 18Alvarado
  • 19Waston
  • 20Aguilera
  • 21López
  • 22Matarrita
  • 23Sequeira
  • 24Wilson
  • 25Hernández
  • 26Zamora

Mohammed Abdulla Hassan


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