Doha, Qatar – After the notice of the global giants Saudi Arab And Japan fixed surprising errors Argentina And Germany, spain wasted no time pouring Costa Rica sleep early in a 7–0 win, It was a historically dominant World Cup victory and established Spain as one of the favorites for the remainder of the tournament.
1. What are the scoring problems?
There were legitimate questions about Spain’s attack coming into the World Cup. Including World Cup qualifying and the UEFA Nations League, Spain are 17th in the region in goals (23 in 14 games) and have failed to score more than two goals in their last 11 competitive matches. going up against a Costa Rica side that usually field a five-man backline up front real madrid goalkeeper Keller NavasA low-scoring game seemed possible, if not likely.
That line of thinking quickly disappeared. Costa Rica began by defending in a 4–4–2 block, which the Spanish attack overcame with ease almost immediately. Dani OlmoThe opening goal in the 11th minute came off a well-worked sequence that saw him with GaviIn form of barcelona The midfielder’s deflected chip put him in front of goal where he calmly turned and finished.
When Marco Asensio Jordi Alba help ten minutes later, the result was already frozen and pheran torresThe penalty gave Spain more goals in the 31st minute than any of the 18 teams in the tournament up to that point in full time. The Invading Show never slowed down.
2. Historically Influential Efforts
Spain’s seven goals are the most goals ever scored in a World Cup match, beating the previous record set in a 6–1 victory against Bulgaria in 1998. Scored eight runs while winning the entire tournament.
It was the most one-sided victory since the World Cup portugal defeat North Korea 7–0 in 2010 and the first time a team has scored seven in a match since Germany scored seven past Brazil in the 2014 semi-finals. (The record margin of victory in a World Cup is nine, as was the previous time in 1982).
Spain is the first team to hold an opponent shotless at a World Cup since 1990, when Brazil did the same for Costa Rica. And Spain’s 81.3% capture was the most impressive ratio since at least 1966. All told, it was one of the most impressive performances ever in a World Cup.
3. Thank you for visiting, Costa Rica
Avoiding a group containing two recent World Cup champions (Spain and Germany) and Japan was always going to be an impossible feat for Costa Rica. After this result, the idea of it ever being possible seems absurd. The target now is to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2006, when the team lost all three matches and finished 31st in the tournament.
For coach Luis Fernando Sanchez, the decision to play with a four-man backline was bizarre. Especially knowing that Spain were going to play with the overwhelming majority of possession and at times struggled against the bunker defences. it doesn’t matter the end result los ticos Started with five in the back, but Fernandez essentially admitted he made a tactical mistake when he went to 5-4-1 after falling behind early on.
Costa Rica’s previous worst margin of defeat at the World Cup was three goals: in 1990 against Czechoslovakia (4–1), in 2002 against Brazil (5–2) and in 2006 against Ecuador (3-0).
sub: Soler 6, Morata 7, Balde 6, Coke 6, Williams 6
Costa Rica: Of. Navas 3, K. Fuller 4, C. Borges 4, O. Duarte 4, A. Contreras 5, B. Oviedo 4, J. Bennett, J. Campbell, F. Calvo 4, C. Martinez 5, Y. Tejeda 5
sub: Waston 6, Ruiz 6, Zamora 5, Aguilera 5, Matarita 6
best and worst performers
Given how impressive Spain was, any number of players could be highlighted here, but let’s take a moment to acknowledge the importance of Gavi’s performance. He became the third-youngest player (18 years, 110 days) to score in the World Cup and did so with the Nominee of the Tournament.
It was a collective disaster, but Navas rescued his teammates, as he has done many times in international competitions.
Highlights and Notable Moments
Spain began the 2022 World Cup with a win, something they had failed to do in the last three tournaments up to 2010, in which they won.
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) November 23, 2022
We will be seeing a lot of young Barcelona players like Pedri and Gavi in the years to come.
Pedri, 19, and Gavi, 18, made their World Cup debut together 🤩
It’s a new era for the Spanish midfield 🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/vVbB4dlcno
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 23, 2022
Spain’s midfield is putting up a masterclass against Costa Rica, who are being completely outplayed.
This Spanish side and Luis Enrique’s strategy reminds me of Unai Emery’s quote from a few weeks back and how size is not important. everyone #ESP The player is there to help the ball move forward. Let the ball do the work. That’s the size.
— Luis Miguel Echegaray (@lmechegaray) November 23, 2022
After a surprise strike from Gavi made it five for Spain, there was no question Enrique’s men would be a threat in front of goal.
Gavi’s first FIFA World Cup goal
He became the youngest player to score a goal for Spain in the FIFA World Cup 🔥🇪🇸 pic.twitter.com/ErWFoxArdn
— Fox Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 23, 2022
After the match: What the players and managers said
Ferran Torres of Spain: “We are happy. We knew it would be a tough game. It is true that at half-time we already had a big lead but goals can be useful in this kind of competition, so we went for more … That’s what we try to do in every game, play the way we want to play from the first minute until the 90th minute, and take the game where we want it, and we got that today. Done… Now we will think about Germany, watch videos of how they play, and we are excited to play. I don’t know if we are candidates (to win the World Cup) but we have an extraordinary We’re a group, we’re going to push things hard, and we want to do big things.”
Spain head coach Luis Enrique: “It was a very special game for us. We tried to focus on getting off to a good start. We wanted to start the competition in the best possible way and it went really well for us. I haven’t been good.” We played a very competitive team in Costa Rica, but today we were the best in every aspect of the game.”
Costa Rica head coach Luis Suarez: “I am feeling very sad, no doubt about it. Also, I had very different expectations for this game and my feelings before this match were completely different. To be honest, I am not feeling well. ” “Psychologically, I’m really worried that my team didn’t manage to deal with this terrible result and the way we played. That’s the first solution I need to provide to my team and let’s put this behind us.” Will happen and start working.” Tomorrow morning to show our players that we have to remember about Japan and try to win that match.”
Key Stats (Provided by ESPN Stats & Info)
Spain scored their 100th goal at the World Cup – the sixth nation to achieve the feat.
– Gavi: At 18 years and 110 days old, he will become the youngest player to play for Spain in a major international tournament (Euro + WC).
Gavi is the first teenage player to score for Spain in the World Cup.
– Spain: 81.3% possession — the most in a FIFA World Cup match since 1966.
– 7 is the most goals scored by Spain in a World Cup match.
Spain: Spain is riding high in its game against shell-shocked Germany. The last time the two powers met, Spain beat Germany 6-0 in the UEFA Nations League (November 17, 2020).
Costa Rica: After their worst ever World Cup performance, Costa Rica face Japan with arguably their best win in history. it’s probably not good for los ticos But they should not be as overwhelmed as they were against Spain.