Spain have kicked off their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign with an emphatic win over 2014 quarter-finalist, Costa Rica.
In an historic night, the 2010 FIFA World Cup champions put seven goals pass the downtrodden Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas.
Goals from Dani Olmo, Marco Asensio, Ferran Torres‘s double, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata made sure the Spaniards put themselves at the zenith of Group E. A group that also includes their European counterpart, Germany and Japan.
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Group E rivals Germany suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Japan earlier on Wednesday, but Spain did not look under any threat after Dani Olmo gave them an 11th-minute lead.
That was La Roja’s 100th World Cup goal and another two followed inside the opening 31 minutes through Marco Asensio’s strike and a Ferran Torres penalty.
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Torres doubled his tally early in the second half and Gavi then steered in a delightful volley, before substitutes Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata added two more late on.
The score line would be Spain’s biggest win the history of the competition. Additionally, Gavi also became the youngest Spaniard to score in the history of the competition at the age of 18.
Spain will face Germany in the second group game on Sunday.
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