Spain vs Costa Rica – Football match report – November 23, 2022

Spain claimed their biggest ever World Cup win and finished top of Group E with a comfortable 7-0 win over Costa Rica on Wednesday.

Dani Olmo He opened the scoring with an impressive run and finish in the 11th minute to give Spain an early lead at Al Thumama Stadium in Qatar, and Marco Asensio He doubled his advantage after 10 minutes with a good finish from A.J Jordi Alba objection.

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The Costa Raises offered little in response, and their task became more difficult on 31 minutes when Alba was brought down by defender Oscar Duarte in the penalty area, with Ferran Torres Subsequent penalty conversion.

Torres added his second goal on 54 minutes when he took advantage of some sloppy Costa Rican defense before Javi And he added another with a stunning volley, becoming the youngest World Cup scorer since Pele in 1954. Forward Carlos Soler He came off the bench and scored Spain’s sixth on 90 minutes, while fellow substitute Álvaro Morata scored the seventh moments later.

Spain, who last won the World Cup in 2010, will face Germany on Sunday – a now pivotal game for Germany, who suffered a shock defeat by Japan earlier in the day.

Torres told the Spanish, “We are happy. We knew it would be a difficult match. It is true that in the first half we had a really big lead, but in a competition like this goals can be useful, so we sought to achieve more.” TVE station TV.

“Now we’ll think about Germany, watch videos of how they play, and be excited to play. I don’t know if we’re favourites.” [to win the World Cup] But we have an extraordinary group, we’re going to make things difficult, and we want to do big things.”

Spain dominated the first kick, with Costa Rica dizzy with their early attack and unable to find any rhythm in a match where PedriOlmo and Asensio were stunned.

Spain almost took the lead five minutes later, when Pedri volleyed in a deep cross from the left to block Olmo into space, whose shot went just wide of the post.

Asensio missed a clear chance moments later, awkwardly linking with the ball and sending it wide after being picked up by a pivotal Pedri, who seemed to have a part in all of Spain’s attack.

They moved forward 11 minutes into the game when Jaffe, who became the youngest Spaniard ever to win a World Cup at the age of 18, put the ball into the path of Olmo, who turned and deftly lifted it over the advancing keeper. Keylor Navas.

Spain pressed hard for a second and got it in the 21st minute when Alba’s superb pass through the penalty area found Asensio who shot low past Navas.

Spain eagerly searched for a third and were awarded a penalty in the 31st minute when Duarte stumbled with Alba, Torres calmly smashing the ball into the center of a helpless Navas.

Spain came back from the break hungry for more, Asensio firing over the bar while Olmo’s dangerous runs tested a Costa Rican defense that was all at sea.

Torres gave Spain two goals in the 53rd minute, as he found Javi on the right side, who returned the ball to the area for the Barcelona striker to turn and hit his second goal.

Javi found the net himself in the 16th minute from the end of time with a powerful shot from the post after a floating cross from Alvaro Morata, then Soler and Morata completed the demolition with two goals in the final minutes.

“All the positive energy that the fans can send us is amazing. But tomorrow training starts to prepare for the Germany game,” Spain coach Luis Enrique told TVE. “Praise weakens you and we will not fall for that. Our idea is to always play the same way, of course we will not win the rest of the matches by scoring a lot of goals, but we are a difficult opponent, anyone who understands football can see that.”

Information from Reuters contributed to this report.

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