FIFAWC 2022: Historian Gavi shines as 7-star Spain beat Costa Rica

Barcelona star Gavi was at the heart of a stunning Spain performance as they thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening Group E match at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. La Roja showed their level and quality to set the tone in their group after their first round matches.

Having seen Japan shock Germany in the group earlier in the day, Spain looked to avoid a similar incident and started the match quickly as they looked to continue.

“RB Leipzig” striker Dani Olmo opened the scoring for “La Roja” after only 11 minutes of the game. The former Barcelona youngster received a pass from Gavi before running free in the box to beat the experienced Keylor Navas.

It took just ten minutes for Spain to double their lead, this time through Marco Asensio. The Real Madrid player was on the end of Jordi Alba’s low cross and applied a first-time finish to steer the ball into the back of the net.

In the 31st minute, La Roja took a three-goal lead from the penalty spot. The industrious Alba was brought down in the box from one of his forwards and club team-mate Ferran Torres calmly slotted home the penalty.

Torres doubled his personal score in the 54th minute as Spain did not want to concede. The former Manchester City man benefited from some dodgy defending before curling his effort past the trapped Navas.

The excellent Gavi added his name to the scoresheet and record books after 74 minutes to make it Spain’s 5th. The 2022 Golden Boy winner produced a stunning volley with the outside of his boot after being found by Alvaro Morata’s cross. The 18-year-old became Spain’s youngest World Cup goalscorer and the third-youngest player to score in a World Cup behind Pele and Manuel Rosas.

Spain, which did not end with scoring, scored the sixth goal in the 90th minute through PSG star Carlos Soler. Midfielder Navas was on hand to head home Nico Williams’ cross. Alvaro Morata scored the seventh and final goal for La Roja in the 92nd minute after a quick one-two with Olmo.

Spain recorded their biggest win in FIFA World Cup history and sent a statement that they are now firm favorites for the title. They will face Germany next in a make-or-break match for the Germans.