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Spain thrash Costa Rica

Spain thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their World cup opener to go top of Group E.

Ferran Torres netted twice and Gavi made history in a dominant display.

Man of the match, Gavi became the youngest Spain player to appear at a major tournament.

Gavi’s goal made him Spain’s youngest World Cup scorer ever. His brilliant volley was the pick of the bunch amongst all seven goals.

His goal made him the youngest goal scorer at a finals since Brazilian Pele in 1958.

Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio scored before Torres dispatched a penalty during the first half. A half in which Luis Enrique’s men boasted 84% possession.

Torres netted his second after the break before 18-year-old Gavi dispatched a brilliant volley to make it five.

Carlos Soler came off the bench and made it six with a goal of his own late on. His replacement Alvaro Morata piled on the misery with a stoppage-time seventh.

Costa Rica was barely able to make a pass as they struggled to get a foothold on the game.

They were barely allowed a kick, managing only 231 passes to 1,043 from Spain, and failing to register a single effort at goal.

Spain’s dominance on the ball was in large part thanks to Barcelona’s Pedri and Gavi. The pair are the first teenage duo to start together at a World Cup since 1962.

Recall that Spain had lost their opening matches at the past three World Cups. This includes 2010 when they went on to win the tournament.

This time, they could not have made a more emphatic start and will be in a confident mood when they face Germany in their next game, knowing another win would all but eliminate their great European rivals.

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It was Spain’s biggest-ever World Cup victory and sent them top of Group E ahead of their meeting with Germany on Sunday.

Alfred Saiki
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