Rating Spain’s 5 greatest gamers in opposition to Costa Rica


Luis Enrique’s spirited Spain started their 2022 FIFA World Cup journey with an emphatic 7-0 victory over Costa Rica on the Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday night time (23 November). Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata, Carlos Soler, and Gavi every scored a purpose in Spain’s 2022 FIFA World Cup Group E opener, whereas Ferran Torres netted a brace.

Enrique’s facet wasted no time moving into the groove. They handed the ball round swiftly and evaded Costa Rican tackles, irritating the opposition with their motion and consciousness. They created their first goalscoring alternative after simply 5 minutes of play.

Olmo met Pedri’s completely weighted supply on the far submit. Unmarked, Olmo went for purpose with a side-footed effort, however couldn’t maintain it on the right track. 4 minutes later, Asensio tried his luck from the middle. Like Olmo, the Actual Madrid ahead additionally didn’t maintain his shot on the right track.

Spain’s relentless strain lastly paid off within the eleventh minute, when Olmo exquisitely managed Gavi’s deflected move and dinked the ball over Keylor Navas and into the netting. Ten minutes later, Asensio put his magical left foot to make use of, making use of a first-time end to Jordi Alba’s low ball from the left channel.

Simply earlier than the half-hour mark, Costa Rican centre-back Oscar Duarte needlessly introduced down Alba contained in the field. The referee, with out hesitation, pointed to the spot. Barcelona ace Torres dispatched a assured penalty to place Spain 3-0 up. The Spaniards ended the primary half with a whopping 85% possession, finishing 537 passes.

9 minutes into the second 45, the 2010 FIFA World Cup winners stretched their result in 4-0. Torres capitalized on Costa Rica’s lackluster defending to fit the ball previous a helpless Navas from shut vary. Enrique made a flurry of substitutions, however that didn’t dampen the heavyweight’s model of play in any method. They continued to torment the opposition with their intricate touches and inch-perfect passes.

Within the 74th minute, substitute Morata clipped the ball for Gavi simply contained in the field. The 18-year-old utilized an excellent first-time end to make it 5-0 for Spain. The get together, nonetheless, had not fairly ended for La Roja. Substitute Soler scored the sixth within the ninetieth minute earlier than Morata bagged the seventh three minutes later.

It was an announcement Spanish win on the Al Thumama Stadium, with the 2010 winners bagging their biggest-ever victory on the FIFA World Cup. Listed below are 5 Spain stars who stood out of their assertive win over Costa Rica on Wednesday:

#5 Gavi

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

At 18 years and 108 days, Gavi turned the youngest World Cup debutant for Spain on Wednesday night time. Within the 74th minute, he turned the youngest Spanish participant to attain on the match. Receiving a dinked move from Morata simply contained in the field, Gavi confidently dispatched a shocking outside-the-boot volley. It clipped the within of the submit earlier than rippling the netting.

On the day he turns into Spain’s youngest-ever participant at a World Cup, 18-year-old Gavi scores an ideal volley 😍 https://t.co/5xQ2lVVv7B

Along with marking his World Cup debut with a shocking purpose, Gavi performed a key move, gained seven duels, drew 5 fouls, and accomplished 66 passes (90.4% accuracy).

#4 Dani Olmo

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

His fifth-minute miss apart, Dani Olmo had an ideal sport in opposition to Costa Rica. He demonstrated impeccable management to deliver down Gavi’s deflected move within the eleventh minute and utilized an beautiful end to take the ball previous Navas. Olmo additionally performed a neat one-two with Morata to arrange the Atletico Madrid man in damage time.

Towards Costa Rica, Olmo additionally performed a key move, gained two floor duels, and tried two tackles.

#3 Pedri

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Barcelona star Pedri ran the present in the course of the park for the Spanish Armada. His passing was immaculate, he created goalscoring possibilities at will, and barely misplaced possession (solely thrice). Pedri oozed class in his FIFA World Cup debut, making followers hopeful of a vivid future.

Pedri’s first half by numbers vs. Costa Rica:96% move accuracy74 touches69 passes completed3 key passes3/4 lengthy balls completed1/1 floor duels wonCreator. 🎨 https://t.co/kfF03zwvA0

On Group E matchday one, Pedri performed three key passes, delivered 4 correct lengthy balls, and gained each his floor duels. He additionally accomplished 86 passes (96.6%), tried two tackles, and created an enormous likelihood.

#2 Jordi Alba

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Spain’s veteran fullback Jordi Alba not often put a foot improper in opposition to Costa Rica on Wednesday. Alba’s passing accuracy, in addition to vary, was beautiful. He held his floor in one-on-one battles. And, most significantly, he performed a direct function in two of La Roja’s three first-half objectives.

The Barcelona left-back well picked out Asensio for his Twenty first-minute strike after which gained a penalty 10 minutes later, which Torres put away.

Within the eleventh sport of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Alba performed a key move, delivered 5 correct lengthy balls, gained three floor duels, and made two interceptions. He additionally accomplished a shocking 100 passes (93.5% accuracy) and accomplished a dribble.

#1 Ferran Torres

Spain v Costa Rica: Group E - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Spain v Costa Rica: Group E – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Barcelona ahead Ferran Torres had a beautiful FIFA World Cup debut, bagging two well-taken objectives. The ahead opened his goalscoring account from the penalty spot within the first half. Torres despatched Navas the improper method with a hop on the finish of his run-up and calmly slotted the ball on the left facet of the Costa Rican’s purpose.

Torres’ second strike got here within the 54th minute. The previous Manchester Metropolis man confirmed nice consciousness to capitalize on the chaos contained in the Costa Rican field and roll the ball previous a helpless Navas. The brace apart, Torres accomplished a dribble, gained two floor duels, and drew a foul.

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