Fri. Dec 2nd, 2022
NEW DELHI: Favorites Spain He warned his opponents by beating Costa Rica 7-0 in the opening match of Group E. FIFA World Cup 2022 at Al Thumama stadium in Qatar. The winning margin is Spain’s highest ever in a World Cup. And it was the heaviest defeat for the Central American side.
Ferran Torres scored two goals for the 2010 World Champions and, along with five other forwards, made it a goal-scoring feat. It was a completely one-sided game in which Costa Rica did not record a single goal attempt.
Avoiding the fate of giant Argentina and group rivals Germany, who had previously lost 1-2 to Japan, Luis Enrique’s imaginary side shone in Doha by dominating the ball and trying his luck ruthlessly.

Alongside Torres, who scored two goals, Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Carlos Soler and Alvaro Morata were also featured on the score sheet for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists in an emphatic romp.
In the past, 2010 World Cup winners paid the price for extravagance, but all three strikers selected by Luis Enrique conceded in the first half to repay their trust.
The coach placed Asensio on the wrong nine alongside Olmo and Torres, starting with Morata and Ansu Fati on the bench.
Correctly predicting that his team would monopolize the ball, the coach chose to place Manchester City midfielder Rodri Hernandez on center defense along with club teammate Aymeric Laporte.

It took just 11 minutes for La Roja to open the score, Gavi stabbed a forward pass for Olmo to pick it up on the pitch, and RB Leipzig winger gave a lofty touch to tap the ball past Keylor Navas.
Costa Rica, which was a surprise package at the 2014 World Cup, defeated Italy and Uruguay and became the group leader in a draw with England, smashed again for the second goal 10 minutes later.
Jordi Alba’s low cross was hit home by Real Madrid forward Asensio, past former teammate Navas, who may have done more to keep him out.
Torres hits him from the penalty spot after Alba is fouled by Oscar Duarte – a soft call for Los Ticos on a rough night, for Los Ticos who were never in the game and couldn’t hit the goal.

Barcelona forward Torres used looser defense to shoot the fourth player who had passed Navas early in the second half.
Luis Enrique managed to knock the enthusiastic Pedri and Torres down before the clock tick to rest them for Sunday’s game against Germany, making his debut against young Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde.
The 19-year-old roared the field on his way to Spain’s fifth goal and went home with aplomb, being replaced by Morata Gavi.
Kopa Trophy winner Gavi became the third-youngest goal scorer in a World Cup at 18 years and 110 days, after Mexico’s Manuel Rosas and record holder Pele.
Soler and Morata then took action with stop-time strikes to plunge Costa Rica into further misery and help Spain flex their muscles in a perfect opening game in Qatar.
With this win, Spain took the top spot with three points ahead of Japan on average. They will face an ‘injured’ German side on Monday.
(with input from agencies)