Ranking Spain’s 5 best players against Costa Rica

Luis Enrique’s spirited Spain kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup journey with a 7-0 win over Costa Rica at the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday night (November 23rd). Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata, Carlos Soler and Xavi scored one goal in Spain’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E opener, while Ferran Torres scored a brace.

Enrique’s side wasted no time getting into a groove. They passed the ball quickly and avoided the Costa Rican tackles, frustrating the opposition with their movement and awareness. After only five minutes of play, they created the first scoring opportunity.

Olmo met Pedri’s perfectly weighted delivery at the far post. The unmarked Olmo side-footed a goal but couldn’t keep it on target. Four minutes later, Asensio tried his luck from the center. Like Olmo, the Real Madrid forward could not keep his shot towards the goal.

Spain’s relentless pressure finally paid off in the 11th minute when Olmo delicately controlled Gavi’s curling pass and slotted the ball past Keylor Navas into the net. Ten minutes later, Asensio put his magical left foot to work and apply a first-time finish to Jordi Alba’s low ball down the left channel.

Just before the half-hour mark, Costa Rican centre-back Oscar Duarte needlessly brought down Alba in the penalty area. The judge pointed to the place without hesitation. “Barcelona” player Torres scored a confident penalty and gave Spain a 3-0 lead. The Spaniards finished the first half with 85% possession, completing 537 passes.

Nine minutes into the second 45, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners extended their lead to 4-0. Torres took advantage of Costa Rica’s weak defense to slot the ball past a helpless Navas from close range. Enrique made a lot of substitutions, but this in no way dampened the heavyweight athlete’s style of play. They continued to torment the opposition with their intricate touches and inch-perfect passes.

In the 74th minute, the substitute Morata passed the ball to Gavi in ​​the penalty area. The 18-year-old football player showed a great result for the first time and brought the score 5-0 to Spain. But the party wasn’t quite over for La Roja. Substitute Soler scored the sixth goal in the 90th minute and Morata the seventh three minutes later.

It was a victory for Spain at the Al Thumama Stadium, where the 2010 winners achieved their biggest FIFA World Cup triumph. Five Spanish stars who stood out in Wednesday’s emphatic victory over Costa Rica:

#5 Gavi

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

At 18 years and 108 days, Gavi became Spain’s youngest World Cup debutant on Wednesday night. In the 74th minute, he became the youngest Spanish player to score in the tournament. After receiving a nasty cross from Morata inside the box, Gavi confidently fired a stunning volley outside the box. He clipped the inside of the post before curling the net.

On the day he became Spain’s youngest player at the World Cup, 18-year-old Gavi hits a perfect volley.

18-year-old Gavi hits a perfect volley on the day he became Spain’s youngest player at the World Cup 😍 https://t.co/5xQ2lVVv7B

In addition to marking his World Cup debut with a spectacular goal, Gavi played the main pass, winning seven duels, drawing five times and completing 66 passes (90.4% accuracy).

#4 Dani Olmo

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Dani Olmo, who missed the fifth minute, had a perfect game against Costa Rica. He showed impeccable control to parry Gavi’s curling cross in the 11th minute and produced a fine finish to slot the ball past Navas. Olmo also played a neat one-two with Morata and set up the Atletico Madrid man in injury time.

Against Costa Rica, Olmo also played a key pass, won two ground duels and attempted two tackles.

#3 Pedri

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Barcelona star Pedri performed in the middle of the park for the Spanish Armada. His passing was flawless, he created scoring chances when he wanted and he rarely lost possession (just three times). Pedri gave fans hope for a bright future on his FIFA World Cup debut.

Pedri’s first half vs. Costa Rica:

96% pass accuracy
74 touches
69 links completed
3 key switches
3/4 long ball complete
1/1 ground duels won


Pedri’s first half against Costa Rica by the numbers: 96% pass accuracy74 touches69 passes completed3 key passes3/4 long balls completed1/1 ground duels Creator. 🎨 https://t.co/kfF03zwvA0

In the first round of Group E, Pedri made three key passes, hit four accurate long balls and won both ground duels. He also completed 86 passes (96.6%), attempted two goals and created a huge chance.

#2 Jordi Alba

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Spain’s veteran defender Jordi Alba rarely put a foot wrong against Costa Rica on Wednesday. Alba’s passing accuracy, as well as distance, was exquisite. He held his own in one-on-one battles. And most importantly, he played a direct role in two of La Roja’s three goals in the first half.

The Barcelona left-back cleverly picked out Asensio for a shot in the 21st minute and won a penalty 10 minutes later, which Torres put away.

In Game 11 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Alba played the key pass, delivered five accurate long balls, won three ground duels and made two interceptions. He also completed an amazing 100 passes (93.5% accuracy) and dribbles.

#1 Ferran Torres

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

“Barcelona” striker Ferran Torres had a great debut at the FIFA World Cup by scoring two great goals. The forward scored from a penalty in the first half. Torres hopped at the end of his run, sent Navas the wrong way and calmly slotted the ball into the left side of the Costa Rican’s goal.

Torres’ second shot was in the 54th minute. The former Manchester City man showed great awareness to capitalize on the chaos in the Costa Rica box and roll the ball past a helpless Navas. Dribbling aside, Torres completed the dribble, won two spot-up duels and drew.

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Edited by Sushan Chakraborty