Spain ensured they weren’t the newest high-profile nation to fall sufferer to a World Cup upset by thrashing Costa Rica on Wednesday.
The sooner lead to Group E noticed Germany lose to Japan in one of many shocks of the event up to now, however Luis Enrique’s males took whole management of their first match from the off.
Spain got here near taking a fifth-minute lead when Pedri’s fantastically weighted ball excessive of the Costa Rica defence met Dani Olmo, whose cushioned strike went simply large.
Pedri once more was the creator of Spain’s subsequent likelihood moments later, this time teeing up makeshift striker Marco Asensio, however the Actual Madrid ahead was unable to direct his effort in the direction of purpose.
La Roja went forward with simply 11 minutes on the clock by way of Olmo, whose intelligent one-two with Gavi excessive of the defence labored a deal with, and the RB Leipzig star brilliantly introduced the ball again down previous Francisco Calvo earlier than dinking over a helpless Keylor Navas.
That benefit was doubled halfway by way of the primary half when Jordi Alba’s cutback was delicately swept residence by Asensio, with former club-mate Navas solely getting a glove on the shot.
Oscar Duarte conceded a penalty simply earlier than the half-hour mark when his legs received in a tangle with Alba’s, and Ferran Torres saved his nerve from the spot so as to add Spain’s third of the day.
Spain notched up their fourth a couple of minutes after the restart. Francisco Calvo and Bryan Oviedo each did not take care of a Torres dribble deep into their very own field, with the Barcelona winger pinching the ball again and slotting previous Navas.
Gavi volleyed within the fifth with 1 / 4 of an hour remaining, racing into the penalty space and putting with the surface of his boot to satisfy Alvaro Morata’s cross and turn into Spain’s youngest scorer in World Cup historical past.
Spain’s sixth purpose got here within the final minute of regular time. A low cross from Nico Williams was spilled by Navas, permitting Carlos Soler to smash within the rebound.
The ultimate purpose of the rout was completed by Morata in stoppage time as Costa Rica’s day of distress got here to an finish.
GK: Unai Simon – 6/10 – Had very, little or no to do. Acted as one other outfielder as Enrique insists.
RB: Cesar Azpilicueta – 6/10 – There have been just a few eyebrows raised when he was named within the beginning XI. In hindsight, such a walkover was good for Azpilicueta to come back in for the unwell Dani Carvajal.
CB: Rodri – 6/10 – Enrique clearly does not belief plenty of his centre-back choices, beginning a pure midfielder in defence.
CB: Aymeric Laporte – 6/10 – Had an early miscommunication with Busquets however was nice from there on in.
LB: Jordi Alba – 8/10 – Like Azpilicueta, there have been questions over Alba’s continued involvement with the Spain setup, however he rolled again the years with a basic lung-busting efficiency right here.
DM: Sergio Busquets – 7/10 – One other of Enrique’s previous guard who appeared proper at residence in such recreation performed at their very own tempo.
CM: Gavi – 10/10 – How about that for a serious event debut? Gavi flittered between the strains and appeared the spit of the legendary midfielders who preceded him.
CM: Pedri – 8/10 – Ditto. Spain’s future is in protected palms so long as the Barcelona duo stay match.
RW: Ferran Torres – 8/10 – The quietest of Spain’s entrance three however nonetheless scored twice had pleasure working down each flanks.
CF: Marco Asensio – 8/10 – Whether or not working in behind or dropping deep, Asensio appeared like a pure centre ahead and gave Costa Rica’s defenders complications all through.
LW: Dani Olmo – 9/10 – Labored completely in tandem along with his fellow attackers and supporting-cast midfielders.
SUB: Alvaro Morata (57′ for Torres) – 8/10
SUB: Carlos Soler (57′ for Pedri) – 7/10
SUB: Alejandro Balde (64′ for Alba) – 7/10
SUB: Koke (64′ for Busquets) – 6/10
SUB: Neco Williams (69′ for Asensio) – 7/10
Supervisor: Luis Enrique – 9/10 – The best begin. Enrique’s choice selections have been vindicated and his gamers put in a prime efficiency.
GK: Keylor Navas – 2/10 – Ought to have in all probability completed higher with Spain’s second purpose. Helpless regardless.
RB: Carlos Martinez – 1/10 – Torn inside-out by Olmo earlier than being hooked at half-time. A day to neglect.
CB: Oscar Duarte – 1/10 – Bought too tight to Alba when freely giving the penalty.
CB: Francisco Calvo – 2/10 – Solely marginally higher than Duarte in that he didn’t give away a penalty.
LB: Bryan Oviedo – 2/10 – Certainly one of Costa Rica’s extra skilled heads wasn’t a lot use at both finish.
RM: Keysher Fuller – 1/10 – Naturally a right-back, Fuller did little to assist Martinez of their battles with Olmo, Torres and Alba.
CM: Celso Borges – 3/10 – Did little to win the midfield battle, although that was comprehensible up towards Gavi, Pedri and Busquets.
CM: Yeltsin Tejeda – 3/10 – Yeah, significantly, this was a battle they simply weren’t going to win.
LM: Jewison Bennette – 4/10 – Regarded energetic on the break however had little help.
CF: Joel Campbell – 2/10 – Like Oviedo was unable to make his 2014 expertise depend.
CF: Anthony Contreras – 3/10 – Nameless all through.
SUB: Kendall Waston (46′ for Martinez) – 2/10
SUB: Alvaro Zamora (62′ for Contreras) – 2/10
SUB: Bryan Ruiz (62′ for Bennette) – 2/10
SUB: Brandon Aguilera (72′ for Borges) – N/A
SUB: Ronald Matarrita (82′ for Oviedo) – N/A
Supervisor: Luis Suarez – 3/10 – There’s not a lot he may have completed about such an early collapse, however Costa Rica appeared hopeless all through.