Spain beat Costa Rica 7-0 on Wednesday in a brutal destruction in their Group E opener that launched their bid to lift again. Globalism Glass.
Avoiding the fate of giants Argentina and Germany, who lost 2-1 to Japan earlier, Luis Enrique’s fantasy team shone at Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium, dominating possession and ruthlessly exploiting chances.
Ferran Torres scored twice, and Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Javi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata were among the goalscorers for the Euro 2020 semi-finals in an emphatic race.
In the past, the winners of the 2010 World Cup paid the price for their extravagance, but the three forwards selected by Luis Enrique scored a goal in the first half to restore his confidence in them.
The coach put Asensio in ninth place, flanked by Olmo and Torres, starting with Morata and Ansu Fati on the bench.
The coach chose to deploy Manchester City midfielder Rodri Hernández at central defence, alongside teammate Aymeric Laporte, correctly predicting that his side would have a monopoly on the ball.
It took just 11 minutes for La Roja to open the scoring, Javi stabbing a pass forward for Olmo to get in the area and RB Leipzig winger taking a fine spin and another gently flicking the ball past Keylor Navas.
Costa Rica, surprise at the 2014 World Cup, beating Italy and Uruguay and drawing England to top their group, split a second after 10 minutes.
Jordi Alba deflected a low cross from Real Madrid forward Asensio into the goal of former teammate Navas, who could have done more to clear it.
Torres slotted home from the penalty spot after Alba was fouled by Oscar Duarte – a soft call on a tough night for Los Tecos, who were never in the game and failed to muster a shot on goal.
Barcelona forward Torres took advantage of more sluggish defense and Navas fired home the fourth early in the second half.
Luis Enrique managed to take off the wicked Pedri and Torres just before the hour mark in order to rest them for Sunday’s game with Germany, and gave Barcelona’s teenage left-back Alejandro Balde his debut.
The 19-year-old stepped onto the pitch in the build-up to Spain’s fifth goal, as substitute Morata crossed in from Jaffe to smash home with confidence.
The Cuban Cup winner, Javi, became the third-youngest goalscorer in a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days old, after Mexico’s Manuel Rosas and record holder Pele.
Soler and Morata then entered the blows in stoppage time to pile on more Costa Rica’s misery and help Spain muscle up for a perfect opening match in Qatar.
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