The 2010 champions Spain defeats Costa Rica shamelessly, 7-0 at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha. The night could not be explained better than “I’m in Spain without S” for the Costa Ricans.
Spain riveted the match into ball possession, leaving little time for the Americans to take up the ball. The Matador-nation challenged Costa Ricans from the beginning. The Spaniards tried for a goal with all focus and the fruit bore success in the eleventh minute. Olmo directed the chip from Gavi past Keylor Navs into the goalpost. D Olmo’s thus scored the 100th goal of Spain in World Cups. The La Roja did not miss any beat and kept their fighting spirit. Luis Enrique’s men kept on pushing forward for another goal.
Marco Asensio shot a cross from Alba into the net and extended Spain’s lead in the 21st minute. Ferran Torres upgraded the lead by one in the 31st minute with a penalty kick. At halftime, Spain led the game 3-0 while Costa Rica did not have a single chance. Torres doubled his personal goal count in the 54th minute. The Barcelona wunderkind Gavi in the 74th minute became Spain’s youngest goalscorer at the World Cup. He steered a cross from Morata straight into the net past Costa Rica’s helpless keeper. Substitute Soler provides Spain with the sixth creating history. At last, Alvaro Morata takes Olmo’s through-ball into the nets. Seven goals and a cleansheet!!
Spain now leads the group with a comfortable majority. Japan defeating Germany meant that Spain have a higher chance of topping the group. They have a goal difference that is better than all three other nations. Costa Rica’s hopes of yet another underdog story almost fizzled out. The strength and stamina of La Roja wore the Costa Ricans out. The latter didn’t hold a candle to the mighty force that is Spain. Luis Enrique’s men eye nothing lower than winning this World Cup. Meanwhile, Costa Rica aims to come back with two matches left in the tournament.