Al Thumama, Qatar – spain midfielder Gavi Became the third-youngest goal scorer in World Cup history, and the youngest since Brazilian legend Pelé in 1958, with a 74th-minute strike to seal a 7–0 win. Costa Rica on Wednesday.
When he stepped onto the field to start the game, barcelona The prodigy became the youngest player (18 years, 110 days) to ever play for Spain in a major international tournament (World Cup or European Championship).
“I never dreamed of being here at this age,” Gavi said through an interpreter. “I’m so happy to be here. This is just step one. I need to keep going.”
Pelé was 17 years, 249 days old when he scored in Brazil’s 1958 World Cup final victory over Sweden. He holds the record for the youngest ever scorer in a World Cup, scoring 10 days earlier in the quarter-finals.
Manuel Rojas of Mexico is the second youngest scorer, aged 18 years and 93 days, when he found the net in the inaugural tournament in 1930.
The teenager hit it with the outside of his right boot and it deflected in off the right post in one of the most impressive displays of skill in the tournament so far.
His overall contribution earned him the FIFA Player of the Match award.
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“It was a great game. We started from the first minute to win this game and I am really happy,” Gavi said. “Now I’m looking forward to the next one. I’m really happy to win MVP but we all played really well today and I’m really happy for all of them.
“I know I’m the youngest in the team and I respect everyone, but on the field it’s different and I give my best. I’m proud to be on that podium.”
It was a historically dominant victory for Spain, who did not allow a single shot and recorded the most passes (1,043) and highest possession percentage (81.3) in a World Cup match since at least 1966.
“We controlled the whole game, which was our first objective,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique. “We were exceptional in ball possession, exceptional in our finishing.
“All 16 players were excellent but we still have room to improve. I don’t know who will play [against Germany on Sunday], I don’t think I’ve ever repeated the starting 11.”
This report used information from The Associated Press.