Spain went top of Group E with a 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica at Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday, November 23, 2022.
Dani Olmo (11th minute) and Marco Asensio (21) scored their first two goals, with former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres adding the third from the penalty spot (31), then notching his second of the night with a low finish soon after half-time (54).
Barcelona midfielder Gavi, the youngest player to play for Spain at a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days old, then became the youngest scorer in the competition since Pele in 1958 with a sublime volleyed finish from Alvaro Morata’s pass for the fifth goal in the 74th minute.
There was still time for substitutes Carlos Soler (90) and Morata (90+2) to get in on the act, with Costa Rica unable to offer anything in response, failing to even muster a shot on goal as Spain, seeking a repeat of their 2010 World Cup triumph, enjoyed a record 82 per cent share of the possession.
Spain jump into poll position in Group E, level on points with Japan, who beat Germany 2-1 in the earlier game, but with a huge advantage in terms of goal difference.
They now face Germany on Sunday, November 27th, knowing victory would knock Hansi Flick’s side out of the tournament, unless Costa Rica beat Japan in the other game.
Spain pass 100 World Cup goals Statistics
- This is Spain’s biggest win in the World Cup, and the biggest in the competition since Portugal beat North Korea by the same scoreline in 2010.
- This is Costa Rica’s biggest defeat in the World Cup, with them conceding as many goals tonight as they did in their previous eight games in the competition.
- Spain scored three goals in the first half of a World Cup match for only the second time in their history, also doing so against Brazil in 1934.
- Ferran Torres is the third Spanish player to score a brace on their World Cup debut after David Villa vs Ukraine in 2006 and Jose Iraragorri Ealo vs Brazil in 1934.
- Marco Asensio became the 50th different player to score a goal for Spain at the World Cup. Asensio netted only his second goal for Spain in what was his 32nd cap and ended a run of 14 without a goal.
- Dani Olmo netted Spain’s 100th goal at the World Cup, becoming the sixth nation to reach 100 goals in the competition’s history after Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Italy.