Spain Silence The Critics With A Thumping 7-0 Victory Over Costa Rica
Spain showed their dominance with a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica to go straight to the top of Group E.
Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Alvaro Morata and a brace from Ferran Torres proved Spain’s ‘attacking problems’ claims to be false straight off the bat.
Spain took the lead in the 11th minute when Dani Olmo controlled the ball beautifully in the box and perfectly dinked it over Navas to give Spain the lead.
La Furia Roja doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a low cross from Jordi Alba found Marco Asensio running forward with the Madrid forward firing home to make it 2-0.
In the 30th minute, Spain were awarded a penalty when Jordi Alba was bundled down in the area by Oscar Duarte. Ferran Torres took the penalty and slotted home to make it 3-0.
Spain went into half time with a 3-0 lead, and didn’t slow down in the second half. In the 54th minute, Ferran Torres took control of a ball bouncing around the area and slotted it under Keylor Navas to get his second of the game.
The best goal of the game came in the 74th minute when a brilliant ball from Álavaro Morata found recent golden boy Gavi who fired a volley in off the post from outside the area.
Spain got their sixth in the 90th minute when substitute Carlos Soler slotted in a rebound after a fumble from Keylor Navas in net for Costa Rica.
The game was finally put to bed in the 92nd minute when Álvaro Morata received a ball in his stride and powered it low past Navas to give Spain a convincing 7-0.
Spain now turn their attention to Sunday evening when they take on Germany in the biggest game of the entire group stage, while Costa Rica look to bounce back against Japan.
Spain Lineup (4-3-3): Simon, Azpilicueta, Rodri, Laporte, Alba (Baldé 64’), Gavi, Busquets (Koke 64’), Pedri (Soler 57’), Torres (Morata 57’), Asensio (Williams 69’), Olmo.
Costa Rica Lineup (4-4-2): Navas, Martinez (Watson 46’), Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo (Matarria 82’), Fuller, Borges (Aguerila 72’), Tejeda, Bennette (Ruiz 61’), Campbell, Contreras (Zamora 61’).