WORLD CUP: Spain puts 7 past hapless Costa Rica

Spain were able to out seven goals past South Americans, Costa Rica in their opening Group game.

Though met by little in the way of resistance, Spain put on a passing masterclass, managing over 1000 shots, compared to their opponent’s 231 passes.

Following Olmo’s early goal broke the deadlock, Luis Enrique’s side pushed forward relentlessly and dominated the ball to an almost comical extent – the Costa Ricans barely had a kick, and failed to manage even a single shot all game.

Other scorers were M. Asensio 21′, F. Torres 31′ (P), 54′, Gavi 74′, C. Soler 90′ and A. Morata 90+2′.

With several young starlets impressing for La Roja, the stage is now set for a seismic clash with Germany this weekend.

Spain’s victory over Costa Rica is their biggest in the World Cup, and the biggest in the competition since Portugal beat DPR Korea by the same scoreline in 2010.

This is Costa Rica’s biggest defeat in the World Cup, with them conceding as many goals tonight as they did in their previous eight games in the competition.

Spain scored three goals in the first half of a World Cup match for only the second time in their history, also doing so against Brazil in 1934. Spain were 3-0 up after 29 minutes against Brazil, compared with going 3-0 up inside 31 minutes tonight versus Costa Rica.

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